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What does vitamin C do?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Vitamins and minerals help your body to carry out basic functions, and prevent potential health issues. Among them, vitamin C is particularly important.

Unfortunately, our bodies aren’t able to produce enough vitamin C on their own, so we need to get it from our diets regularly to avoid having a deficiency.

Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins ensures you’re getting the nutrients your body needs. And supplements can help if your diet falls short.

What does vitamin C do for the body?

Vitamin C plays several critical roles in maintaining your body’s health and functionality:

  • Protects your cells from damage caused by free radicals
  • Strengthens your immune system against infections and illnesses
  • Supports collagen production which keeps your skin and joints healthy
  • Makes it easier for your body to absorb iron
  • Supports the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin to regulate your mood, appetite, and sleep

If you’re not getting enough vitamin C, you may experience the following symptoms: 

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Joint pain
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Dry, rough, and scaly skin
  • Easy bruising
  • Scurvy (in severe cases)

Frequently asked questions about vitamin C

What does vitamin C do for your skin?

Vitamin C boosts collagen production, brightens skin, and fights free radicals, promoting a healthy, radiant complexion.

What does vitamin C serum do?

Vitamin C serum brightens skin, reduces dark spots, and boosts collagen production for a more youthful appearance.

What does vitamin C and zinc do?

Vitamin C and zinc support immune function, promote wound healing, and act as antioxidants to protect cells from damage.

An illustration of vitamin C, with a slice of orange within the letter C.

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