Vitamin lesson # 1 – Vitamin C

Vitamins and minerals are a group of substances essential for normal cell function, growth, and development. There are many ways to obtain the recommended daily allowance, but eating fresh produce should be the primary.

An antioxidant is a molecule there inhibits a chemical reaction of free radicals leading to cell damage. Antioxidants terminate these reactions and antioxidant is mainly used for two different groups of substances, either man-made chemicals added to products to prevent oxidation, and natural chemicals found in foods which have beneficial health effects.

There are 13 essential vitamins, which are grouped into two categories; the fat-soluble vitamins, which are stored in the body’s fatty tissue and the water-soluble vitamins, which is used by the body right away. Any left over water-soluble vitamins leaves the body through the urine. Vitamin B12 is the only water-soluble vitamin that can be stored in the liver for many years.


Vitamin C can be found in oranges, bell peppers, kiwi, broccoli, berries, dark green leaves, tomatoes, papaya, pomegranate and many other color full fruits and vegetables. Eating nutrient rich food loaded with Vitamin C enhances the immune system and well-being and support healthy skin and helps the body maintain connective tissue, bones, blood vessels, and skin. Recommended daily allowance is up to 1000 mg per day.

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods and added to others and is further available as a dietary supplement. Humans are not able to synthesize vitamin C so it is an essential nutrient in the everyday food.

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