Also known as
Vitamin C, L-ascorbic acid
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin and antioxidant found in many foods. It is not synthesized by the human body, and must be derived through food. It is involved in the repair of tissue, the biosynthesis of multiple neurotransmitters, as a cofactor for several enzymes, and is vital for proper immune system function. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, broccoli, brussel sprouts, peppers, and strawberries. Deficiencies of vitamin C are common in those who do not consume adequate fruit, and this can lead to a gradual deterioration of one's health. Foods are not commonly fortified with vitamin C, but it is used as a natural preservative, and is also taken in the form of a dietary supplement.
Recommended amount per dose is 100-200 mg per day for normal supplementation. 500-2000 mg per day can be used for cases of severe deficiency. Do not consume without an accurate mg scale.
Vitamin C plays an important role in the human body, first as an essential vitamin, but also as a potent and ubiquitous antioxidant, a necessary co-factor for enzymatic and neurotransmitter synthesis, as well as that of collagen. Higher doses have been used to stimulate the immune system, and do show some promise, although regulatory agencies warn it is too early and we do not know enough about high dose vitamin c to recommend such regimens for medical purposes.
Do not consume without knowing an accurate dosage. A milligram scale is highly recommended.
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