Vitamin C Rich Food Sources

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is an essential anti-oxidant and is necessary for the production of collagen, connective tissue found in skin, bone, ligaments and blood vessels. It performs a wide range of functions for your body, such as:

 

How Much Vitamin C Do I Need?

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C is subject to ongoing debate. In the US, it currently stands at 60mg per day. Vitamin C deficiency is characterized by:

The problem with this vitamin is that it's water-soluble, meaning your body cannot store it. This means you have to consume Vitamin C foods every day in order to provide your body with the necessary vitamins. Thankfully, there are A LOT of Vitamin C rich food sources:

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Note: Smokers are at a risk for vitamin C deficiency and require more of a daily intake than non-smokers.

Excessive Vitamin C intake can cause the following problems:

•             diarrhea

•             kidney stones

Daily excesses are excreted as waste and the body will require more supplementation the following day.

 

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