Also called as ascorbic acid. It is a water soluble vitamin. Most sensitive to heat among all vitamins.
- Play a role in tissue oxidation.
- Formation of collagen.
- Reduces ferric iron to ferrous iron which results in proper absorption of the iron from vegetable foods.
- Inhibits nitrosamine formation by the intestinal mucosa.
- Enhances wound healing.
- Has an anti-aging effect on the skin as well as helps in making the skin glow with health.
- When VIT.C rich fruits applied topically to the skin it also regulates oil control as well as helps in tightening pores.
Deficiency can lead to-
- Scurvy , the signs of which are bleeding gums, subcutaneous bruising or bleeding into skin or joints.
- Delayed wound healing.
- Anaemia and weakness.
Estimated requirement is 40 mg per day for adults.
DIETARY SOURCES OF VIT. C
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
AMOUNT OF VIT. C IN MG PER 100 GM.