7 Scientific Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is one of the most talked about vitamins. The nutrient is getting special buzz for its immune-boosting potential. But touting vitamin C’s ability to shorten the common cold only scratches the surface of its role in the body.

This antioxidant is not naturally produced by the body, so it is important to get it from vitamin Crich foods, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Vitamin C is found in a variety of foods, including red and green bell peppers, citrus fruits, kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts, says Tamar Samuels, RDN, a cofounder of Culina Health in New York City.

Adult women need 75 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day, and adult men need 90 mg, according to the National Institutes of Healths (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements. Most Americans generally get enough nutrients through food alone.

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