Vitamin & Mineral guide

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Vitamin C

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.

WHAT IS VITAMIN C NEEDED FOR?

Contributes to a normal function of the immune system.

Contributes to the protection of all constituents from oxidative stress.

Increases non-haem iron absorption.

 

GOOD SOURCES OF VITAMIN C INCLUDE:

  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Red and green peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Brocolli
  • Brussels sprouts

HOW MUCH VITAMIN C DO YOU NEED?

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)

Products containing vitamin C

Vitamin C rich foods include

  • Strawberries

  • Sprouts

  • Peppers