Our bodies cannot manyfacture vitamin C which, being water-soluble, cannot be stored. Unused or excess Vitamin C is easily excreted from the body. In addition, it is vulnerable to heat, ultraviolet rays, certain food additives, agricultural chemicals and is oxidised if exposed to air. In fact, it is so easily destroyed that most of the Vitamin C content in our food is already lost before it reaches our table. Therefore, it is important that we replenish our supply daily to obtain optimal benefits from this wonder vitamin. Smokers, people under great stress and convalescents should also increase their Vitamin C intake.
How much Vitamin C is recommended daily?
The table below is indicative of the US Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for Vitamin C: