By Dr. Deepti Ghia , M.D.
Consultant Dermatologist, Trichologist, Dermatosurgeon (All Doctors Clinic and Kaya Skin Clinic )
Vitamin C is an important micronutrient for human beings. It is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in our body and because the body does not store Vitamin C in its tissue, we need to consume it on a regular basis.Our body needs Vitamin C to make collagen – a protein that helps support tendons, ligaments and blood vessels and keeps the skin and other organs together.
Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from plant based foods and helps to strengthen our immunity system to work properly protecting us from diseases.Fruits and vegetables are the best source of Vitamin C. You won’t really require Vitamin C supplements as Vitamin C is already available in ample amounts in food sources.
Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, and their juices, as well as red and green pepper and kiwi fruit contain a huge content of Vitamin C. Other fruits and vegetables which include Vitamin C are broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, baked potatoes and tomatoes.
Vitamin C is also available widely in the form of dietary supplements. It is available in many forms including, tablets, capsule, drink mix pack packets and crystalline powder. Tablets and capsule range from 25 mg to 1500 mg.
The required daily amount of vitamin c ranges from 75 mg-125mg for an individual.