Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has several important functions. It is best known for helping our immunity but it also plays a vital role in protecting cells, maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilages as well as helping with wound healing. A lack of Vitamin C can lead to conditions such as scurvy and in some cases it can cause fatigue and depression.

To avoid getting a deficiency it is recommended we have 40mg of Vitamin C a day.

Foods containing Vitamin C

  • Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes
  • Apples
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Melon

little tip – Vitamin C helps to absorb iron from foods, when cooking iron rich meals such as lentils, add an ingredient rich in vitamin C such as tomatoes to maximise the nutrients power you get from your meal. It also makes iron consumption gentler on the stomach.