Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

By Refadoc, Posted on : Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 10:46 am IST

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C - Ascorbic Acid : Overview

Vitamin C has been dubbed as one of the most safest and effective nutrients all over the world. Though plants and certain animals have the ability to create this vitamin on their own, humans need to get this vitamin from their food sources. Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the citrus fruits are the richest source of Vitamin C. Fresh fruits contains a higher amount of active Vitamin C as compared to their packed counterparts.Vitamin C is known to help cure Scurvy. Though this disease is not common these days, today Vitamin C is used actively in order to treat common cold, gum infections and acne. Infections related to the bladder or prostate too can be easily cured with this Vitamin.Vitamin C has proved to be extensively beneficial in order to increase the iron absorption from the foods as well as correcting a protein imbalance in the body which is caused in newborns.Vitamin C prevents cataracts, glaucoma as well as helps to prevent the gall bladder disease. Not only that, it helps to deal with cystic fibrosis, infertility as well as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Some of the other uses of the vitamin are slowing down the aging process as well as to help the person deal with drug withdrawal syndrome.

Uses of Vitamin C:

Vitamin C is used extensively for the prevention of Vitamin C deficiency – Scurvy. Also, Vitamin C helps the body to increase its iron absorbing tendency. Vitamin C infections are prescribed to newborns suffering from Tyrosinemia. Skin creams containing Vitamin C are used extensively in order to treat wrinkled skin. Consuming Vitamin C helps you to decrease the risks of mouth and breast cancers. Vitamin C is extensively used for the treatment of common cold and helps to lower the higher blood pressure. It also decreases the chances of gall bladder disease and prevents sunburns. It is used for the treatment of AMD (Age related macular degeneration), an eye disease.

Sources of Vitamin C:

The following foods are the richest sources of Vitamin C:

Peppers (Sweet red peppers and yellow bell peppers)


Dark, leafy vegetables



Berries, such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries

Citrus fruits such as Lemons, Oranges and Grapefruit



Papaya, Mangoes, Pineapples, Cantaloupe and Melons

Side effects of Vitamin C:

When taken orally, Vitamin C has proved to be quite safe. However, in some cases the possible side effects could be nausea, headache, vomiting and stomach cramps. Taking a dose of more than 2000 mg per day can prove to be very harmful. For pregnant and breastfeeding women, taking a higher amount can cause problems for the newborn baby.

Dosage of Vitamin C:

People suffering from Scurvy need to take a dosage of 100-250 mg per day.

People suffering from common cold need a dosage of 1-3 grams per day.

The RDA’s allotted for Vitamin C are as follows:

Children, aged 1-3 years: 15 mg

Children aged 4-8 years: 25 mg

Children aged 9-13 years: 45 mg

Teenagers aged 14-18 years: 75 mg for boys and 65 mg for girls

Adult men: 90 mg

Adult women: 75 mg


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