Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that protects cells and produces collagen.
Collagen is important for the support and structure of skin, bones and blood vessels. It is also a powerful antioxidant that protects against disease.
What foods contain Vitamin C?
As with most vitamins, there are certain foods that are good sources of Vitamin C such as:
- Citrus fruits
- Dark leafy greens
What does Vitamin C do?
Vitamin C has a number of health benefits along with protecting cells and producing collagen. Ensuring you have adequate levels helps with:
- Preventing the common cold
- Prevent scurvy
- Increase bone density
- Boost absorption of Iron & Calcium
What can cause Vitamin C deficiency?
Not having enough Vitamin C as part of your diet is the main cause of low Vitamin C levels as it is something that the body cannot make so it must absorb it from external sources.
What are the symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency?
Symptoms of low levels of Vitamin C include:
- Muscle and joint aches
- Bleeding gums
Extreme cases of low Vitamin C can see the development of scurvy.
How to improve Vitamin C levels
Ensuring that your diet includes a number of foods that contain Vitamin C is the first place to start.
Taking multi-vitamins along with supplements can also result in improving low levels.