Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Importance of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid):
essential for healthy teeth, gums and bones
helps heal wounds, scar tissue, and fractures
prevents scurvy
builds resistance to infection
aids in the prevention and treatment of the common cold
gives strength to blood vessels
aids iron absorption
one of the major antioxidant nutrients

Vitamin C is needed for healthy gums, to help protect against infection, and assisting with clearing up infections and is thought to enhance the immune system and help reduce cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and preventing arteriosclerosis.

Deficiency of vitamin C:
When there is a shortage of VITAMIN C, various problems can arise, although scurvy is the only disease clinically treated with vitamin C. However, a shortage of vitamin C may result in "pinpoint" hemorrhages under the skin and a tendency to bruise easily, poor wound healing, soft and spongy bleeding gums and loose teeth.
Edema (water retention) also happens with a shortage of vitamin C, and weakness, a lack of energy, poor digestion, painful joints and bronchial infection and colds are also indicative of an under-supply.

Good sources of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) are:
leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, tomatoes, melons, berries,