Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others and available as a dietary supplement.
Contributes to a normal function of the immune system.
Contributes to the protection of all constituents from oxidative stress.
Increases non-haem iron absorption.
Adults (19-64 years) need 40mg of vitamin C a day.
You should be able to get all the vitamin C you need from a balanced and varied diet. Taking too much vitamin C can cause stomach pain and diarrhea.
The department of health advises that if you are taking a vitamin C supplement – less than 1000mg is unlikely to cause harm.
Source: www.nhs.uk (Next review due 03/03/2020)