Vitamin C

Vitamin C and why it is so important.

June 2018 | Footy's

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is the most popular vitamin supplement and very essential to human nutrition.

Humans cannot manufacture their own Vitamin C, so daily consumption of Vitamin C is important. The daily recommended intake of Vitamin C is 60-95 mg a day. While citrus fruit contains Vitamin C and is usually the first choice to eat do not forget that vegetables like peppers, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts contain even higher dosages of Vitamin C than citrus fruit.

The primary function of Vitamin C is to manufacture the protein called collagen. Collagen is important to hold our bodies together namely the connective tissue, cartilage and tendons.

Vitamin C is vital for wound repair, healthy gums and the prevention of easy bruising.

In addition to its role in collagen metabolism, Vitamin C is also critical to immune function, the manufacturing of nerve transmitting substances and hormones, carnitine synthesis and the absorption and utilization of other nutritional factors.

Vitamin C is also a very important antioxidant. We will continue in the next article to talk about Vitamin C and its role in the immune system and why it is important to increase intake of Vitamin C during stressful events.

Remember Footy’s contains a high amount of Vitamin C so drink a glass of Footy’s!!!

References:
(Murray, 1996) Encyclopaedia of Nutritional supplements