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Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is an unstable water-soluble vitamin which is present in the ‘make up’ of almost all plants and animals. Vitamin C must be obtained from dietary sources as it can not be synthesized by the human body.
Most of the Vitamin C we consume comes from fruit and vegetables. However, it is very quickly lost from foods depending on how food is processed, stored and cooked. Levels of Vitamin C are further depleted by the effects of smoking, alcohol consumption, as well as by certain medications, i.e. anti-coagulants, anti-depressants and oral contraceptives. A deficiency in Vitamin C can result in scurvy and is also associated with poor wound healing, bone fragility and frequent infections.
The toxicity of Vitamin C is extremely low with intakes of 1000mg being safely taken. Intakes in excess of 2000mg per day may cause gastro-intestinal disturbance in susceptible individuals and may also interfere with absorption of calcium and selenium.
Vitamin C facilitates the absorption of iron from the diet and, therefore, high doses should not be taken by those with iron overload syndromes such as thalassemia and hemochromatosis.
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