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Vitamin C

Alternate Names

Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Calcium Ascorbate, L-Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate

Description

An essential vitamin required for normal teeth, blood vessels, and bones as well as a protective antioxidant. RDI is 90 mg/day for adult males and 75 mg/day for adult females. Please check USDA Dietary Guidance for intakes for children, pregnant women or for persons with chronic disease. Vitamin C is known as Ascorbic Acid. In addition to being a nutrient, it is also used as a preservative and antioxidant in a wide variety of foods. It helps to preserve color. Commercial vitamin c is often derived from corn.

Vitamin C - Quick Stats
Names

Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Calcium Ascorbate, L-Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate

Allergy Information

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin B1

Zinc

Tocopherol

Uses

Antioxidant, Nutrient

E-Number

E300

Additional Information

Deficiency of this vitamin is known as scurvy. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen and without adequate levels all mucous membranes in the body bleed along with the occurrence of brown spots, spongy gums, loss of teeth, and depression



Found In

Naturally Occurring: citrus, tomatoes, green peppers, watermelon, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, berries, cabbage, spinach, papaya, cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberries, citrus juice, cranberries. Added To: frozen fruit, soft drinks, oils, juice, jam, beer, candy

Possible Health Effects

Toxicity can lead to gastrointestinal problems, excess iron absorption, kidney stones.

Allergy Information

Corn

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Copyright September 11, 2010 Be Food Smart, Updated August 15, 2011




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