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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient for humans. It is found in fresh fruits and vegetables like citrus, berries, melons, broccoli, and spinach. Vitamin C is necessary for various bodily functions, including collagen synthesis, and is found in high concentrations in the adrenal and pituitary glands.
Insufficient intake can lead to depletion of body stores and symptoms like poor wound healing, bleeding gums, and bruising. Consuming five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily can provide adequate amounts of vitamin C.
People with diabetes tend to have lower vitamin C levels, and supplementation can help improve blood lipid profiles, which may reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. In some cases, high-dose vitamin C may also have potential therapeutic effects against cancer and invasive pathogens.
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