The benefits of vitamin C are numerous in the human body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is required for at least 300 metabolic functions including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function and healthy gums. It is probably best known as a remedy for the common cold, although this is not proven.
Vitamin C is essential for strengthening the cells of the immune system and for producing anti-stress hormones. Our body uses vitamin C when we are under stress, injured or traumatised in anyway and as levels run low under those conditions, it leaves us prone to illness and infection.
The iron found in many plant foods is absorbed into the body more efficiently with the help of vitamin C. This is most beneficial to vegetarians who lack the iron found in meats.
Connective tissue problems such as:
High levels are found in fresh raw fruits and vegetables
The best foods high in vitamin C are:
The best vegetable sources of vitamin C are:
It is not uncommon for vitamin C, especially when taken as a supplement, to have an adverse effect on the digestive system in the form of upset stomach and loose bowel movements. Also high doses of vitamin C are not recommended if there is a history of kidney stones or high iron levels.