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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:  (Next review due 03/08/2023)

Products containing vitamin C
Floradix Iron Tablets View product
Floradix Epresat View product
Floradix Liquid Iron View product
Kindervital for Children Fruity View product

Vitamin C rich foods include


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