Vitamin C (also know as ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant. It is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues.
It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, strengthening the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin.
It also helps to protect against heart disease and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides.
How Much Do You Need?
The recommended dietary reference intake for vitamin C is 65 to 90 milligrams (mg) a day, and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day.