Employee Wellness Programs Glossary Term:
"Vitamin C"

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin required for normal growth and development of your body. It is an easily water-soluble body nutrient. Your body absorbs the essential amount and the leftover vitamin is flushed out of body through urine. Your body requires a daily supply of vitamin through diet.

The Function Of Vitamin C In Your Nutritional Wellness Program

Vitamin C is used for repairing tissues in almost all parts of your body. It is a vital thing in healing of wounds and useful in repair and maintenance of bones, cartilage and teeth. Vitamin C is also one of the many antioxidants used by your body. Beta-carotene and Vitamin E are two other antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in normal functioning of your body. Antioxidants are the nutrients that block or prevent damage done by free radicals, waste substances that are produced when your body converts food into energy.

Free radicals are largely responsible for development of different health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and many inflammatory conditions such as Arthritis. Free radicals are also responsible for the appearance of wrinkles at early age. Besides preventing damage from free radicals, antioxidants also protect your body from the damage caused by pollutants and toxic chemicals such as dust particles, cigarette and vehicle smoke.

The body does not have the ability to produce Vitamin C by itself, nor does it have the capability of storing it. Hence, it becomes necessary that you include more Vitamin C rich foods in your daily diet. Food Sources:

Get Vitamin C Through A Wellness Program (Corporate)

Your daily diet is the main source of Vitamin C. Some of the vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C are green pepper, tomatoes, leafy greens, turnip greens, sweet and white potatoes, cantaloupe, broccoli, red peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and winter squash.

Some of the fruits that are have high percentage of Vitamin C content are strawberries, mango, papaya, watermelon, pineapples, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, and citrus fruits and juices. Vitamin C deficiency in your body can be identified by many symptoms such as:

  • Rough, dry, scaly skin
  • Bleeding gums
  • Nosebleeds
  • Anaemia
  • Weakened tooth enamel
  • Decreased ability to fight infection
  • Easy bruising
  • Decreased wound-healing rate
  • Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
  • Swollen and painful joints
  • Dry and splitting hair
  • Possible weight gain because of slowed metabolism
  • The best way to prevent Vitamin C deficiency is by consuming a balanced diet, which consists of all essential vitamins and nutrients required by body on daily basis.

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