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Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin. Major dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, green peppers and other green and yellow vegetables. Like most water soluble vitamins, excess intake of vitamin C is excreted and not stored in the body. Vitamin C is sensitive to heat and oxygen. Like other water soluble vitamins, vitamin C leaches into cooking water.

Major Body Functions:

  • Aids in the formation of collagen
  • Aids in the absorption of iron into the body
  • Prevents oxidation (antioxidant)
  • Helps the healing of wounds

Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Scurvy, resulting in loss of appetite, irritability, depression, bleeding gums and loss of teeth
  • Wounds fail to heal
  • Bruises and petechiae (spots of blood under the skin's surface)

Excessive Intake and Toxicity Symptoms:

  • Diarrhea at large doses
  • Kidney stones are a possibility
THE BEST SOURCES OF VITAMIN C
Food Amount Milligrams
Orange juice, fresh squeezed 1 cup 124
Green peppers, raw, chopped 1/2 cup 96
Grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed 1 cup 94
Papaya 1/2 medium 94
Brussel sprouts 4 sprouts 73
Broccoli, raw, chopped 1/2 cup 70
Orange 1 medium 70
Cantaloupe 1/4 melon 70
Turnip greens, cooked 1/2 cup 50
Cauliflower 1/2 cup 45
Strawberries 1/2 cup 42
Grapefruit 1/2 medium 41
Tomato juice 1 cup 39
Potato, boiled with peel 2-1/2 inch dia 19
Cabbage, raw, chopped 1/2 cup 15
Blackberries 1/2 cup 15
Spinach, raw, chopped 1/2 cup 14
Blueberries 1/2 cup 9

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