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Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is essential for the formation, growth, and repair of bone, skin, and connective tissue aiding in the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. It helps the body absorb iron, which is needed to make red blood cells, and to absorb vitamin A. Vitamin C aids in healing and is a powerful antioxidant.. defending cells against damage by free radicals. Deficiency is a result of poor dietary intake

In adults, vitamin C deficiency usually results from a diet low in vitamin C. For example, vitamin C deficiency may result from a diet deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fatigue, weakness, and irritability result from deficiency and in prolonged and severe cases scurvy can develop; a condition which increases bruising, causes gum and dental problems, dry skin, and hair, and anemia. Smoking, increased alcohol intake, and insufficient fruits and vegetables, or cooking fruits and vegetables (destroys vitamin C) all increase an individualís propensity for Vitamin C deficiency.

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