7 scientific health benefits of vitamin C

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is one of the most talked about vitamins. The nutrient is getting particular buzz for its immune-boosting potential. But mentioning vitamin C’s ability to shorten the duration of a cold only scratches the surface of its role in the body.

This antioxidant is not produced naturally by the body, so it is crucial to get it from Crich vitamin foods, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Vitamin C is found in a variety of foods, including red and green peppers, citrus fruits, kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts, says Tamar Samuels, RDN, founder of Culina Health in New York City.

Adult women need 75 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day, and adult men need 90 mg, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements. Most Americans typically get enough nutrients through diet alone.

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