For my topic, I chose to write a paper on ascorbic acid, or as it’s widely known Vitamin C a micronutrient. I chose to explore this nutrient and its benefits of it, as well as how it is obtained to help regulate body functions. It will also include some aspects of the absence of this vitamin in the body. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, and it is needed to promote growth of the body. It is also one of the providers of antioxidants found in nutrients that the body uses to block free radicals (Medline plus 2013) Vitamin C is an important nutrient that helps sustain normal functions in the body along with other nutrients to help the body perform as it should.
Vitamin C is indeed a water soluble vitamin and therefore it can be dissolved in water. The body uses Vitamin C to form proteins that make up vessels, skin tissues, strong bones, and help the body’s immune system. It is a necessary nutrient because it cannot be produced by the body or stored in the body. In order to get the daily recommended amount, it must be included in the daily diet by consuming the proper foods high in this nutrient. Because Vitamin C is an antioxidant it is known to help to protect against damage done by free radicals. Free radicals are t atoms with an odd number of electrons, and they are capable of damaging other cells that are important. (ODS 2013) Our bodies use the antioxidants from the foods we eat to help cancel out these free radicals. Since Vitamin C is a form of an antioxidant it helps to decrease the amount of free radicals in our body. Thus, helping the body to limit the amount of free radicals and as well as allowing our bodies to maintain a healthy level of this nutrient. Not only does it strengthen our immune system, connective tissues, and bones it also allows for our body to help properly absorb iron. Vitamin C is the basis of the formation of collagen and allows for the elasticity of cartilage, and helps to strengthen bones.
Since Vitamin C is not made in the body it must be consumed in the daily diet. (Nutrition 2013) The best sources to find Vitamin C are in fruits and vegetables, mainly the citrus fruits. Lemons, oranges, and green leafy vegetables are a few among the fruits and veggies that provide Vitamin C for the body. Foods poor in Vitamin C are the meat and poultry food groups as well as the whole grain group. Some juices and other foods sold have been fortified with added Vitamin C to also help get the daily recommended amount daily. Orange juices are a big supplier in that area. However, eating adequate amounts of fruit and...