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Why do we
need vitamin C?
Vitamin C is one of several antioxidants shown to play a
key role in the prevention of many types of cancers. Vitamin
C maintains collagen, a protein necessary for the formation
of skin, ligaments and bones. It also enhances the immune
system, helps heal wounds and mend fractures, and aids in
resisting some types of bacterial and viral infections.
some good sources of vitamin C?
Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mangos, etc.)
are great sources of vitamin C, as are many green vegetables
(especially asparagus, broccoli, spinach, green peppers, and
peas). Other good sources of vitamin C include tomatoes, potatoes
happen if we don't get enough vitamin C?
Scurvy (hemorrages, loose teeth, gingivitis (bad breath),
bone disease), bleeding gums, increased chance for infection,
colds or respiratory infections can be unpleasant consequences
of vitamin C deficiency.
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