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Vitamin C – Serena Coan Bsc, DipION, CNHC

Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid, is a water soluble vitamin required for various important functions in the body. Vitamin C supports the normal function of the immune system, and is regularly the first nutrient we turn to when we notice the onset of a cold. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C supports protection of cells against oxidative stress, and this vitamin also supports the normal production of white blood cells which allow our body to fight off infection.

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Skin health has also been closely linked with vitamin C as its contribution to collagen production makes it a vital ingredient for maintaining healthy skin, bones and cartilage, however it also supports tissues in each stage of wound healing which can be beneficial during breakouts or injuries. Ascorbic acid aids the absorption of iron from the diet, particularly the non-heme form of iron found in many vegetarian sources such as dark green leafy vegetables, this increased absorption contributes to reduced tiredness and fatigue in many individuals.
As vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin it is not stored in the body and instead excreted out in urine, meaning we require a daily intake of this to avoid deficiency. The government
recommended daily intake is 40mg a day but this requirement may vary depending on stress levels and illness, both of which deplete vitamin C.

Vitamin C and Skin
Vitamin C and the Immune System
Vitamin C and Wound Healing 

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