What is the function of vitamin C? First of all, vitamin C has an antioxidant effect, meaning it protects cells against the damaging effects of free radicals and thus reduces the risk of mutations at cellular level responsible for developing various forms of cancer. Also, vitamin C restores vitamin E reserves and increases the absorption of iron for skin health, optimal nervous system function, elevated energy levels and vitality. In addition to this, it reduces cholesterol levels in the blood and helps prevent cardiovascular disease such as atherosclerosis and helps wounds heal faster. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, enabling it to better deal with colds and flu viruses and other infections and diseases. Lastly, it is vital for the production of collagen, a structural protein that is responsible for the youthful appearance of the skin and its elasticity.
Vitamin C deficiency symptoms: poor wound healing, bleeding gums, teeth loss, frequent colds and recurrent respiratory and other types of infections, fatigue, nose bleeding, weakened immune system, rough, dry skin, tiredness, fatigue.