Vitamin C is vital to collagen formation, the connective substance in all cells.
As an antioxidant, it helps defend cells from the effects of smoke, pollution and other highly reactive substances called free radicals.
Vitamin C helps in healing, in production of red blood cells, preventing hemorrhaging and in fighting bacterial infections. Physical stress increases the need for vitamin C.
Vitamin C can be found in fresh fruits (especially citrus) and berries, green vegetables, onions, tomatoes, radishes and rose hips.
Symptoms of this vitamin C deficiency are a tendency to bruising, swollen or painful joints, bleeding gums and nosebleeds.
Resistance to infection, and slow healing of wounds or illness are other symptoms, with severe lack being an old sailor's favorite of scurvy.
Effective with all vitamins and minerals calcium and magnesium.