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Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Function








Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for normal growth and development.

Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need a continuous supply of such vitamins in your diet.

Function

Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is used to:

  • Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
  • Heal wounds and form scar tissue
  • Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth

Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants and it blocks some of the damage caused by free radicals. This can reduce your risk for cancer and possibly even slow the aging process.

  • Free radicals are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.
  • The buildup of free radicals over time is largely responsible for the aging process.
  • Free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis.

The body is not able to make vitamin C on its own, and it does not store vitamin C. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in your daily diet.

  • Vitamin C does shorten the duration of illnesses and may result in milder symptoms. To get this benefit, you have to be taking vitamin C before you contract the cold virus.

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