Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and has several important functions.
For example, it:
A lack of vitamin C can lead to scurvy.
Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Good sources include:
Adults need 40mg of vitamin C a day.
Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.
You should be able to get all the vitamin C you need from your daily diet.
Taking large amounts (more than 1,000mg per day) of vitamin C can cause:
These symptoms should disappear once you stop taking vitamin C supplements.
You should be able to get all the vitamin C you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take vitamin C supplements, do not take too much, because this could be harmful.
Taking less than 1,000mg of vitamin C supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.
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