What is Vitamin C
Did you know that most animals can “make” their own Vitamin C? Did you also know that, unlike animals, we human beings can’t make Vitamin C on our own? Yet we need Vitamin C to ensure good health! Such is the reason it is known as an “essential vitamin”, as many sailors of old can testify to as they perished from Scurvy, a disease resulting from a lack of Vitamin C.
:by Joseph Nykoluk
Vitamin C is such an important vitamin that it is used in over 300 bodily functions any of which can affect our health in any number of ways.
Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, meaning it inhibits the oxidation of other molecules in the body. It’s like applying rust paint on a metal surface. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals. These free radicals lead to other chain reactions that can adversely affect other cells.
Also known as L-ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and as such is available in a number of foods, some of which are listed below. If not readily available in your favorite food items, Vitamin C can also be found fortified into other foods and are also available as supplements.