Vitamin C is water-soluble and is found in abundance in many fresh fruits and vegetables. It is essential for the growth of healthy teeth, bones, subcutaneous tissues and cartilage.
A deficiency in Vitamin C could result in defective and weak collagen as well as wounds that are difficult to heal. A prolonged deficiency can cause scurvy - a disease marked by debility, anaemia and edema. In severe cases of scurvy, the muscle cells sometimes fragment, resulting in mouth infections. The person starts to vomit blood and cerebral haemorrhage may result, leading to high fever, which often precedes death.
Why is Vitamin C Essential to our Health?
Vitamin C is essential for:
** The formation of healthy teeth, bones, subcutaneous tissues and cartilage.
** The maintenance of strong immune system.
** Deactivating harmful free radicals.
** Acting as an effective antioxidant.
** Preventing other chronic diseases.
Vitamin C is important for the healthy metabolism of many bodily functions and plays a more complex role in our health than was previously given credit for.