Vitamin C, what is it and what does it do?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has spent a lot of time in the limelight over the years.  It first came to the public’s attention through the work of Linus Pauling, who researched the vitamins ability to help the body combat the common cold and other disorders.  Later Vitamin C became known as an antioxidant.


Vitamin C is extremely abundant .  It’s common knowledge that oranges and other citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C, but a number of other natural sources with varying effectiveness.  Papayas, Kiwis, Guavas, Jujubes, and mangoes are all rich in Vitamin C, but are not readily available in winter – and unless you have a fairly well stocked supermarket or grocery shop nearby some are all but impossible to get your hands on.  There are some fruits even richer in Vitamin C than these but they are no, and probably never will be domesticated.  This is probably why the humble orange is so well-known for its healthy contents – and you can actually get hold of them during the months you most need it; winter!

INTERESTING FACT: The Kakadu Plum, also called the Guvinge, Billygoat Plum or Murunga, grows natively across the top end of Northern Australia and is the richest natural source of Vitamin C with 40 – 60 times more Vitamin C per 100g than the orange.  However, their small size and poor availability makes them unlikely candidates for general consumption.


Vitamin C supplements are available both as ascorbic acid and as mineral ascorbates.  The Vitamin C in most supplements has been synthesised from natural substances such as starch of molasses.  This is because rosehips, although very high in Vitamin C, only contain about 1% ascorbic acid.  This means a capsule would have to be very large and expensive to contain enough Vitamin C, which is why a more effective synthetic Vitamin C is used instead.

Check out the Vitamin C supplements available at G&G. Click on this link.


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