Key Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Barbara G.

Staff member
Vitamin C, or absorbic acid, is one of the most popular nutrients. It not only makes our foods great-tasting but it is also essential for our body health.

· Vitamin C boosts our immune system and helps repair wounds faster. In addition to this, it protects our body against viruses, infections, and bacteria.

· Vitamin C is also known for fighting against free radicals. Free radicals are harmful molecules present in are surroundings that can cause damage to our body, skin and hair, and cause illnesses like cancer and stroke.

· A daily intake of Vitamin C reduces chances of the common cold in people who are under high physical stress, such as marathon runners, skiers, and soldiers.

· Vitamin C is also known for its cancer prevention properties. It keeps cells from DNA damage and prevents the development of cancer.

· Vitamin C is good for producing collagen, a protein needed for our bones, tissues, and skin. Collagen prevents our skin from getting lifeless or dry.

· Due to its many skin benefits, Vitamin C is also used in skin care products. Antioxidants found in Vitamin C protect our skin against the effects of sun exposure.

· Vitamin C is vital for the proper functioning of our pupils. There is some evidence that Vitamin C helps prevent cataracts.

· Not getting enough Vitamin C may lead to the development of cardiovascular diseases. According to a study eating foods rich in Vitamin C (orange, strawberry, papaya, pepper and broccoli) lowers the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Another study confirms that eating citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit may be linked to reduced risk of ischemic stroke.

It is also worth knowing that bell peppers, broccoli, and papaya are higher in Vitamin C content than many citrus fruits. Experts recommend that the best way to increase your Vitamin C intake is to eat raw fruits and vegetables. Foods rich in Vitamin C when cooked or stored for a long period may lose their nutritional value.