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Vitamin C

Probably, the most important of them all, Vitamin C is the most important one to supplement as it is associated with growth, energy, skin condition and resistance to disease - especially colds and flu. This supplement is required in the synthesis of collagen in connective tissue, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones, carnitine, conversion of cholesterol to bile acids and enhances iron bio availability. See our guide to Vitamin C below and if you wish to purchase online see our featured suppliers at the foot of the page:

Vitamin C
Important for : Ensuring healthy bones, teeth and gums; building resistance to infection; tissue growth and repair; production of anti-stress hormones; helping to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure; protecting against blood clots and bruises; synthesis of collagen; prevention of scurvy; healing wounds and scar tissues.
Sources : Found in citrus fruits and vegetables, rich sources include; asparagus; avocados; blackcurrants; broccoli; Brussels sprouts; cantaloupe melons; dandelions; grapefruit; lemons; mangos; onions; oranges; papayas; green peas; sweet peppers; persimmons; pineapple; radishes; rosehips; spinach; strawberries; tomatoes; turnip leaves; and watercress.

Herbs (e.g. alfalfa; burdock root; cayenne; chickweed; fennel; fenugreek; hops; peppermint; nettle; oat straw; paprika; parsley; pin needle; raspberry leaf; rosehips; skullcap; violet leaves; and yellow dock).
Possible deficiency symptoms : Susceptibility to colds and infection; soft and bleeding gums; swollen or painful joints; slow-healing wounds and fractures; bruising; lack of energy; loss of appetite; anaemia.
Hinders maximum absorption : Alcohol, analgesics, antidepressants, oral contraceptives and steroids may reduce the body's levels of vitamin C. Smoking causes an even higher depletion.
Additional Information : Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps to hinder cell damage caused by free radicals.

If pregnant, high doses of vitamin C (>5,000mg) should not be taken.

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