Functions and Sources of Vitamin C

By | October 1, 2013

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which cannot be stored in the body unlike fat soluble vitamins. After taking it in our daily diet, the left out is excreted in the form of urine. So, it is very essential to take vitamin C in our daily diet to remain healthy.

Functions of vitamin C:

  • Vitamin C is one of the safest and effective nutrients to the human body. This vitamin is rich in citrus fruits and other fruits and vegetables. It plays an important role in our immune system. It protects us from certain viral infections like common cold, but it may not cure completely, it reduces serious complications.
  • It helps in the synthesis of an important protein called ‘collagen’. It acts as a cement substance in your body, because it helps the cells to hold together. And this gives a structure to the bones, artery walls, ligament, cartilage, mucous membrane, etc. It also helps in wound healing process and in absorption of iron in our body.
  • It is an essential nutrient required for a healthy teeth and gums. It also helps the nervous system to function properly.
  • It is one of the powerful antioxidants that protect the cells, tissues and organs of your body from the free-radicals. Because, these free-radicals causes harmful effects or damages them. For example, it plays a vital role in cardiovascular system. With the antioxidant property, it prevents accumulations or clogs in the arteries. And makes a healthy flow of blood to the heart.
  • It also helps the body in converting carbohydrates into glucose i.e. energy. This energy is utilized by our body to function effectively.
  • It plays an important role in the lens of the eyes. So, people who have a vitamin C deficiency, there are chances of getting a disease called cataracts. Cataract is a condition in which lens become more opaque and causes blurry vision. These people, can intake the vitamin C supplements by consulting a doctor.

Food sources of vitamin C:
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. Humans cannot produce it; they have to consume it from fresh fruits, vegetables. Its best sources are fruits like oranges, lemon, pine apple, mango, watermelon, currants, straw berries, black berries, papaya, kiwi fruit, guava, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, etc. Another good source of vitamin C is vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, greens, peas, red pepper, green pepper, tomatoes, etc.

Do not ignore Vitamin C. Make sure to take it in the form of fruit and vegetables that are rich in the vitamin.

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