Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a nutrient that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy.  Vitamin C helps fight infections, heal wounds and keep tissues healthy.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.  It is important for your skin, bones, and connective tissue.  It promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron.  Some people may need extra vitamin C like pregnant/breastfeeding women, smokers, burn victims and people recovering from surgery.

Vitamin C is in all fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits, strawberries, cantaloupe, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, leafy greens and potatoes.  Some juices and cereals have added vitamin C.  It is water-soluble and must be taken in every day.  Vitamin C is being studied in the prevention and treatment of some types of cancer.

Also called ascorbic acid.

Vitamin C is found in Texas Transdermals’ Multivitamin patch.

Source:  National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Library of Medicine