What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C belongs to the group of water-soluble vitamins and is also called ascorbic acid. It is found naturally in fruits and vegetables.
The following foods, among others, contain particularly high levels of vitamin C: sea buckthorn, peppers, parsley, kiwi, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage and spinach. The vitamin is mainly absorbed in certain parts of the small intestine.
Since the human organism does not have a special storage facility for the vitamin, any excessive intake is not absorbed, or is excreted by the kidneys or stool. In Germany the recommended daily intake of DGE does not reach 32% of men and 29% of women according to studies. This means that almost one in three does not take up the recommended intake of vitamin C. Among others, smokers, pregnant women and nursing mothers have a higher need for vitamin C.
The EU's recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 80 milligrams.
- helps to reduce fatigue and tiredness
- contributes to normal mental function
- contributes to the regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E
- contributes to a normal function of the immune system (physical defence)
- contributes to normal collagen formation for normal bone function
- helps to protect the cells from oxidative stress
- increases the iron absorption