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VITAMINS



Vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid




CLASS:
Water soluble vitamin

ROLE:
Antioxidant
Wound healing
Immunity
Metabolic enzymes
Red Blood Cell production

SOURCES:
Fresh fruit
Fresh vegetables

RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE (RDI):
40 mg Men
30 mg Women

DEFICIENCY STATE:
Tiredness, weakness, lethargy
Haemorrhages into skin and organs
Anaemia
Osteoporosis
Poor wound healing
Scurvy; loose, bleeding teeth

OVERDOSE STATE:
Kidney stones

RISKS:
Elderly
Trauma
Chronic illness
Malnutrition and starvation
Smokers
Oral Contraceptive Pill
Psychiatric in-patients

DIAGNOSIS:
Blood tests

OTHER NUTRIENT INTERACTIONS:
Many other nutrients require Vitamin C in normal levels



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