Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, aids in many functions of the body. Vitamin C promotes a healthy immune system, helps wounds heal, maintains connective tissue, and aids in the absorption of Iron. Large doses of Vitamin C do not usually cause toxicity because, as a water-soluble vitamin, it is simply excreted in the urine. People who tend to form kidney stones may find their condition aggravated by vitamin C supplementation or mega–dosing. Also, persons who have health problems related to excess free iron in their cells may want to consider avoiding highsupplemental doses of vitamin C. Too much Vitamin C can also cause diarrhea. If this happens, just cut back a bit on the supplements. Please remember that all of the above toxicity–related issues involve vitamin C in supplemental form, not as it naturally occurs in food. Try to get a lot of your Vitamin C from your diet.
A deficiency of Vitamin C can cause a condition called scurvy; a nutritional deficiency disease characterized by weakness, anemia, bruising, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. Though scurvy is rare in North America, poor wound healing is not. Poor wound healing can be a symptom of vitamin C deficiency. Weak immune function, including susceptibility to colds and other infections, can also be a telltale sign of vitamin C deficiency. Since the lining of our respiratory tract also depends heavily on vitamin C for protection, respiratory infections and other lung–related conditions can also be symptomatic of vitamin C deficiency.
There is another form of Vitamin C that is fat soluble. It is ascorbyl palmitate which is an ester formed from ascorbic acid and palmitic acid (a saturated fatty acid) creating a fat–soluble form of vitamin C. In addition to its use as a source of vitamin C, it is also used as an antioxidant food additive. Ascorbyl palmitate is also marketed as “vitamin C ester”.
Fruit: Papaya, oranges, grapefruit, limes, lemons, cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberries,…
Vegetables: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, green leafy vegetables such as kale and mustard greens, parsley, bell peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes,…
Rosehips are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Boil and use this water to make your tea. It can also be found in tincture form.