( ascorbic acid )
Vitamin C breaks down faster than any other vitamin, so it is best to eat the foods like fruits, vegetables, when they are fresh and to cook them only minimally or not at all. Slight vitamin C deficiency is fairly common, but severe deficiencies are rare, in the United States today. The symptoms are weight loss, fatigue, bleeding gums,easy bruising, reduced resistance to colds, and other infections, and wounds, fractures that are slow to heal.
Vitamin C is well known to have the ability to prevent and treat scurvy, a disease that causes swollen and bleeding gums, aching bones, and muscles, and in some cases even death. . The connective tissue throughout the body is made of collagen, which depends on vitamin C for its production. Vitamin C helps heal wounds, burns, bruises, and broken bones. It is a powerful antioxidant and immune system booster. It may alleviate the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, protect against atherosclerosis and heart disease, prevent some forms of cancer, and has reputed potential, but yet unproved,, to prevent the common cold.
Because it is water soluble, excess vitamin C is excreted in the urine, so large amounts of it may usually be taken without fear of toxicity. Doses larger than 1000 mg a day have been suggested for preventing cancer, infections of the common cold and other ailments.
Precautions: in some people large doses may include side effects as nausea, diarrhea, reduced selenium and copper absorption, excessive iron absorption, increased kidney stone formation, and a false positive reaction to diabetes tests.
Vitamin C targets ailments as cancer, heart disease, immune problems, and wounds.
Good natural sources are citrus fruits, rose hips, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, cantaloupes, tomatoes, and leafy greens.