Why is Vitamin C necessary?

Why is Vitamin C necessary?

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid also called L-ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is present in various food and also in form of supplements. Unlike animals, humans are not able to easily absorb Vitamin C as a defect or loss of a gene in the human body restricts the production of enzymes and blocks the final phase in the series for converting glucose to ascorbic acid.

Benefits of Vitamin C

  • It helps the skin to heal - Vitamin C protects DNA from the photo chemical reaction that can lead to skin discoloration and tumor. And also, increases the formation of elastin. It is a highly elastic protein in connective tissue which helps the skin to heals and allow the cells to regenerate.

  • It can reduce stress - According to the International Journal of Molecular Science, vitamin C prevents heart disease. It helps the arteries to enlarge under stress, improves blood flow and increases the ability to carry oxygen.

  • Boosts iron in the body - Consumption of vitamin C also boosts iron in the body. As it helps the body to synthesize red blood cells (RBC). Regular intake of food consisting good amount of Vitamin C maintains blood vessels and the amount of iron absorbed by them is multiplied.

  • Lowers the bad cholesterol (LPL) - Increasing the intake of Vitamin C in the diet lowers bad cholesterol also known as Low-Density Lipoprotein (lpl).

  • Prevents cancer - Vitamin C protects body from a variety of cancers. It slow downs the growth of cancer cells in prostate, liver, colon and other types. Higher concentration of vitamin C might also help in the treatment of cancer.

  • Reduces the risk of cataract - Research has resulted that a definite intake of vitamin C can decreases the risk of cataract. It improves the vision and reduces eye pressure. It helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including collagen found in the cornea of the eye.

  • Improves immunity - Vitamin C stimulates the immunity. An individual suffering from wounds could accelerate their healing by taking the optimal dose of vitamin C.

Signs of  Deficiency of Vitamin C-

  • Unexplained weight gain.
  • Poor immunity.
  • Tooth loss or bleeding gums.
  • Easy bruising
  • Dry, rough and damaged skin
  • Spoon-shaped fingernails.
  • Bumpy skin.


FoodMilligram per (mg)per serving Percentage (%) DV
Orange Juice 93 155
Kiwi Fruit 64 107
Broccoli (cooked) 51 85
Strawberries 49 82
Cabbage (cooked) 28 47
Potato Baked 17 28
Tomato (Raw) 17 28
Green Peas (Frozen) 8 13
Spinach (cooked) 9 15
Brussels Sprouts (cooked) 48 80


Written By: S. Ray

Edited By: S. Jha


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