Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is probably the best-known vitamin. Vitamin C is mainly found in fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and grapefruits contain a lot of vitamin C when ripe immediately after harvest. When it comes to vegetables, peppers and Brussels sprouts in particular score highly with their high vitamin C content. Since vitamin C is sensitive to oxygen, the content in food can decrease during long transport and storage. In addition, vitamin C is not heat-resistant, so losses can occur depending on the method of preparation. Vitamin C is one of the water-soluble vitamins. The body can excrete too much vitamin C. In contrast to some animals, which can produce vitamin C themselves, humans rely on a constant supply. Since its storage capacity in the body is limited, vitamin C must be consumed regularly through the diet.
Vitamin C is involved in all vital functions of the body. Connective tissue, cartilage, bones and teeth need vitamin C for growth and regeneration. Vitamin C is also needed to strengthen the immune system. Furthermore, vitamin C, like vitamin E, belongs to the group of antioxidants. It intercepts so-called free radicals - aggressive oxygen compounds in our body that attack cells - and thus protects the cells from oxidative stress.
Vitamin C – The most important tasks in brief
- Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for normal cartilage function
- Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for normal function of bones, blood vessels, gums, teeth and skin
- Vitamin C contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system
- Vitamin C helps protect cells from oxidative stress
- Vitamin C helps reduce tiredness and fatigue
- Vitamin C contributes to normal psychological function
- Vitamin C contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system
- Vitamin C contributes to normal energy metabolism
- Vitamin C increases iron absorption
Your daily need for vitamin C
The German Nutrition Society recommends 110 mg of vitamin C per day for men and 95 mg per day for women . The vitamin C requirement is increased in pregnant women (105 mg) and breastfeeding women (125 mg). Smokers also need more vitamin C.
Which AgilNature products contain vitamin C?
*Nutrient Reference Value = Percentage of the reference value according to Appendix XIII of the Food Information Regulation (EC) No. 1169/2011.