Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for normal human growth and development. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water, meaning that leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine.
Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C on our own, so we need a continuous supply of vitamin C through our diets.
Fruits and vegetables are the best food sources that contain vitamin C. Citrus fruits (like oranges) and juices, tomatoes, and potatoes are major contributors of vitamin C to the American diet.
Other good foods that contain vitamin C include:
- Red and green peppers
- Kiwi fruit
- Brussels sprouts
Although vitamin C is not naturally present in grains, it is added to some fortified breakfast cereals.
Geritol® multivitamin contains 100% of the daily value of vitamin C in every daily dose, just the right amount.
Vitamin C. David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. 2/15/2011. US National Library of Medicine: National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm January 6, 2013.
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin C. Office of Dietary Supplements. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/ January 6, 2013.