Vitamin spotlight: C

Why do we need it?
Vitamin C is an important building block for the body. It is essential for growing and repairing tissues in your body. Among those tissues are the skin, cartilage, ligaments and tendons and it also helps the body heal from wounds as well as maintain bones and teeth. It helps the body absorb important nutrients such as iron and folate and, as is well known, prevents scurvy.

Also known as ascorbic acid, this essential nutrient also contains antioxidants to protect the body from oxidative stress. Perhaps most importantly, it boosts immunity in the body.

How do you get it?
Oranges might be the best known source of vitamin C, but it’s actually possible to get it from a variety of citrus and, in fact, a plethora of other fruits and vegetables. It can also be ingested in the form of a supplement.

Who needs it the most?
As an essential nutrient, vitamin C is best treated as its name suggests. Without it, you could be at risk of scurvy – a condition best known as the scourge of sailors and pirates alike. 

Athletes need it to keep up immunity – fighting fight and quick to recover. It’s also important for its tissue-repairing abilities, especially in muscle-straining sports where the tissues – particularly connective tissues - are most at risk of damage.