Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin which means that it is required within our everyday diet as it can’t be stored by our bodies. It is found in a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.
How much Vitamin C do I need on a daily basis?
The Recommended Daily Allowance for Vitamin C is 80mg, which you should be able to ensure that you get from your daily diet.
What does Vitamin C do?
We’re all told to make sure we get enough Vitamin C into our diet, but many of us are unsure on the actual health benefits of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is involved in the normal function of the immune and nervous systems, protecting cells from oxidative damage, supporting normal collagen formation and iron absorption.
What are the best foods to ensure I get enough Vitamin C?
As mentioned before a wide variety of fruit and vegetables contain Vitamin C with often the most widely known being oranges. However, if oranges aren’t to your taste then don’t worry you can ensure you get valuable Vitamin C intake from the following fruits and vegetables:
• Green and red peppers
• Brussels sprouts
• Sweet potatoes
• Kiwi Fruit
Vitamin C is sensitive to light, air and heat so it’s always good to remember that you’ll get the most out of the fruit and vegetables that you eat raw or lightly cooked .
Are there any other ways in which I get can get my daily intake of Vitamin C?
If you struggle to make fruit and vegetables part of your regular diet but are still concerned about your body’s intake of Vitamin C, then you can purchase Vitamin C supplements from chemists and health food shops.