Vitamin C – Why Do We Need It?

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Vitamin C is one of the best known vitamins for being able to fend off colds.  It is needed for a healthy immune system, wound healing, bleeding gums, healthy skin and the absorption of iron. 

It is also one of the building blocks for collagen, the support structure vitamin c rich foodsfor your skin.   Failing to get enough vitamin C can cause inflammation of the gums, scaly skin, nosebleed, painful joints, and other problems associated with scurvy.  As vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, it is important you include some vitamin C rich foods in your diet while increasing foods containing iron.  As vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, studies have shown it can reduce your risk of cancers that strike the mouth or digestive tract.


While all of the above is important for day-to-day living, new research concludes “in our cohort of patients with COVID-19-associated ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), vitamin C status is very low. Given the potential role of vitamin C in sepsis and ARDS, there is gathering interest of whether supplementation could be beneficial in COVID-19.” 

A report published today in the Nutrition Journal shows 82% of critically ill COVID-19 intensive care patients have low to undetectable vitamin C levels.

You might want to get your Vitamin C levels checked! 

Vitamin C can be found in the following foods:

  • Fruits oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, kiwis, strawberries, & melons
  • Vegetables – broccoli, carrots, sweet potato, peppers, tomatoes & dark green veg

Recipes containing vitamin C:

Supplementing vitamin C:

 While it is always better to get our nutrients through food, that’s not always an option and Vitamin C is often a nutrient we must top up through supplements.  Poor soil quality, fruit and veg picked before they are ripe, and the length of time a fruit or veg can potentially sit on our shelves, all damage the nutritional content of our foods!