Vitamin C and Your Health

January 2011

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin known to act as an antioxidant in over 300 metabolic functions in the human body including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function and healthy gums.

Vitamin C is an enzyme essential to the production of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein synthesized by the human body, making up about 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. It is the major component of connective tissue. This connective tissue has structural and supportive functions which are essential to all bodily tissues including our joints. Collagen cannot be built without vitamin C. Collagen is a critical component of wound healing, and therefore, so is vitamin C. Vitamin C aids in the stabilization of the structure of the collagen protein. Without this stabilization, the structure of collagen disintegrates rapidly. Vitamin C also produces tensile strength in newly formed collagen.

The current US recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 60 mg.

Oranges aren't the only source of Vitamin C. Other good sources of vitamin C include kiwis, apples, green sweet peppers, grapefruit juice, strawberries, brussel sprouts and melons. Of course, Joint Juice® supplements have the full RDI of vitamin C in every serving. Just another reason to make Joint Juice® supplements part of your daily routine.