Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is abundant in vegetables and fruits. A water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant, it helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin.
Vitamin - any of a group of organic compounds that are essential for normal growth and nutrition and are required in small quantities in the diet because they cannot be synthesized by the body.
Mineral - a solid inorganic substance of natural occurrence.
Water Soluble - Water soluble vitamins, such as B complex vitamins and vitamin C, dissolve in water and are excreted through the kidneys if you have excess amounts in your body.
Fat Soluble - Fat-soluble vitamins--namely vitamins A, D, E and K--dissolve in fat and are stored in fat throughout the body.
Vitamin C Foods : Oranges, Red peppers, Kale, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, Strawberries, Grapefruit and Guava.
The recommended daily intake by the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine for men more than 18 years old is 90 milligrams of vitamin C daily; for women more than 18 years old, it is 75 milligrams daily; for pregnant women more than 18 years old, it is 85 milligrams daily; and for breastfeeding women more than 18 years old, it is 120 milligrams daily.
Although too much dietary vitamin C is unlikely to be harmful, megadoses of vitamin C supplements may cause: Diarrhea or Nausea.
Severe vitamin C deficiency is rare in the United States and industrialized countries. Long-term, severe deficiencies could lead to scurvy. Symptoms of scurvy include inflamed and bleeding gums, impaired wound healing and excessive bleeding.