Vitamin C, The Wonder Vitamin

While everyone knows that citrus fruit is rich in Vitamin C, there are other foods that contain a substantial amount of this vitamin.

Vitamin C used to be necessary for preventing scurvy, but no longer. Now, Vitamin C is used to decrease the common cold, but it can be used to help with other problems, like gum disease, skin infections, dysentery, bronchitis, among many other infections due to bacteria or viruses.

Even if you are in great health, Vitamin C can have the benefit of slowing the aging process, prevent the hardening of the arteries, increase the amount of iron your body absorbs, and many more important functions. Because Vitamin C is required for the development and function of many parts of your body, especially the immune system, it is important to make sure that you get the proper amount each day. The minimum amount for adults is 60mg daily.

Foods containing high amounts of Vitamin C are Acerola cherries (1000mg/100g), rose hips (500mg/100g), peppers, citrus, members of the cabbage family, tomatoes, tropical fruits, berries, parsley, and liver. It is considered safe in large amounts, although it can react with some medications and children should not exceed 400 mg daily for ages 1 to 3 years, 650 mg daily for children 4 to 8 years, 1200 mg daily for children 9 to 13 years, and 1800 mg daily for adolescents 14 to 18 years.