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Vitamin C

Also called: Ascorbic acid
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Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It is important for your skin, bones, and connective tissue. It promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron.

Vitamin C comes from fruits and vegetables. Good sources include citrus, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and greens. Some juices and cereals have added vitamin C.

Some people may need extra vitamin C:

  • Pregnant/breastfeeding women
  • Smokers
  • People recovering from surgery
  • Burn victims

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  • (University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) - PDF
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements) Also in
  • (Harvard School of Public Health)

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