nutrient glossary
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How Nutrients Work Vitamin K
Carbohydrates Calcium
Protein Chromium
Fats Iron
Vitamin A Magnesium
Vitamin B Selenium
Vitamin C Omega Fatty Acids
Vitamin D Phytonutrients
Vitamin E

Role of Vitamin C in Good Nutrition

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. It is known to be a powerful antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C is a water-soluble essential vitamin that is quickly lost from your body, so daily intake is vital.

Key Functions

  • Vitamin C is involved in a large number of biological processes, making it essential for health.
  • It is used to create collagen in the body, a protein that makes the skin, joints and bones strong.
  • Vitamin C plays a role in healing wounds within the body.
  • The body utilizes vitamin C in the immune system by maintaining activity of the white blood cells.


Check with your local market for the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Food Sources

Black currants, green pepper, mangoes, oranges, cabbage, tomatoes, and potatoes

  • Water, cooking, heat and light all reduce the levels of the vitamin C available in food sources.
  • Vegetables begin to lose vitamin C as soon as they are cut.
  • Beta carotene is present in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables and dark, leafy greens.

Safety Evidence

Smokers, those who consume alcohol regularly, people taking medications regularly, and people who suffer from stress regularly all may benefit from taking adequate or slightly higher than daily recommendations of vitamin C.