Vitamin C

Did you know turmeric has vitamin C? What are the benefits of vitamin C?
Table II.42: Vitamin C (ii.1158286159)

Vitamin C is the same as ascorbic acid and dissolves in water. This antioxidant nutrient is involved in over 300 different tissues or processes in the human body. Vitamin C is a necessary nutrient for the production of collagen. It improves the effectiveness of other antioxidants such as vitamin E. Our bodies need vitamin C in order for folic acid and iron to work properly. Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy, with symptoms of anemia, bruising, fatigue, loose teeth, and soreness. Not getting enough vitamin C can even put you in a bad mood!

Vitamin C is not stored and isn't manufactured in the body — which means you have to get it from your diet or supplements. Lots of fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, such as acerola, alfalfa, apples, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, cranberries and cranberry juice, guava, kiwi, lemon, lime, lycium fruit, mango, oranges and orange juice, papaya, parsley, potatoes, red and black dates, strawberries, tea, and tomatoes. Besides turmeric, herbs and spices that contain vitamin C include absinthe, allspice, basil, bilberry, Cherokee rosehip, chickweed, coriander, dandelion, fenugreek, gotu kola, hawthorn, juniper berries, marjoram, nettle, purslane, rose hips, St. John's wort, bee pollen, royal jelly, almonds, and honey also contain vitamin C.

Foods, spices, and herbs that contain vitamin C could help cancer, keep your nails healthy, reduce stress, and help treat cellulite and thinning hair.


Research shows that vitamin C has many health benefits and properties, including:

Boosts the immune system
An important structural protein in the connective tissue of the bones, blood vessels, organs, and skin. (ii.86)

Malpighia emarginata, M. glabra, M. punicifolia, M. berteriana, M. lanceolata, M. retusa, M. umbellata; M. glabra and M. punicifolia have very high levels of vitamin C. (ii.15)
Medicago sativa(ii.15)
Malus domestica(ii.82)
Varieties of Capsicum annuum(ii.15)
Vaccinium angustifolium (wild blueberries), V. corymbosum(ii.82)

Brassica oleracea Italica(ii.82)

Plant variety in Brassica oleracea(ii.82)

Daucus carota sativus(ii.15)
Brassica oleracea(ii.82)
Vaccinium macrocarpon(ii.15)
Psidium guajava(ii.82)
Actinidia deliciosa(ii.82)
Citrus limon(ii.15)
Citrus aurantifolia, C. medica(ii.15)
Lycium barbarum, also known as wolfberry. (ii.15)
Mangifera indica(ii.82)
Citrus sinensis and species of C. aurantium (sweet and bitter oranges). (ii.15)
Carica papaya(ii.82)
Petroselinum crispum, P. hortense(ii.15)
Solanum tuberosum(ii.82)
Ziziphus jujuba(ii.15)
Fragaria, a berry member of the rose family. (ii.82)
Camellia sinensis (green and black teas). (ii.15)
Lycopersicon lycopersicum(ii.82)
Artemisia absinthium(ii.15)
Pimenta dioica(ii.15)
Ocimum basilicum(ii.15)
Vaccinium myrtillus(ii.15)
Rosa laevigata(ii.15)
Stellaria media(ii.15)
Coriandrum sativum(ii.15)
Taraxacum officinale(ii.15)
Trigonella foenum-graecum(ii.15)
Centella asiatica(ii.15)
Crataegus laevigata, C. monogyna, C. pinnatifida, C. cuneata(ii.15)
Juniperus communis(ii.15)
Origanum majorana (sweet marjoram). (ii.15)
Urtica dioica(ii.15)
Portulaca oleracea(ii.15)
Rosa canina, R. gallica, R. rugosa, R. villosa(ii.15)
Prunus dulcis(ii.15)
Hypericum perforatum. (ii.15)

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