Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system and helps neutralize free radicals in the body.1† Additionally, vitamin C is necessary for the body to manufacture collagen, which is important for healthy skin.2† Nature Made Vitamin C 1000 mg is ideal for those looking to supplement their diet, if it is low in fruit and vegetables, to meet daily vitamin C nutrient needs.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble antioxidant vitamin that plays a vital role in many immunity mechanisms. Like the B vitamins, the need for vitamin C increases under periods of stress, such as during an infection, since it is more rapidly depleted during these times. Vitamin C also works closely with other antioxidants in the body to help protect our cells from damaging substances.
Vitamin C further supports the immune system in its important roles in white blood cell production and function as well as other immune system cells.
Multiple factors, including age, gender, life stage, and smoking status, affect the amount of vitamin C a person needs.2 Therefore, the Institute of Medicine’s Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C varies slightly between men and women of different life stages and conditions. It is recommended that men and women 19 years and older consume 90 mg and 75 mg per day, respectively.2
That recommendation increases in men and women who smoke to 125 mg and 110 mg, respectively, due to the increased oxidative stress they experience.2 Recommendations for pregnant and breastfeeding women are 85 mg per day and 120 mg per day, respectively, and are higher to address the increased needs of mother and baby.
Fruits, fruit juice, and vegetables are rich sources of vitamin C. Oranges, orange juice, red bell peppers, strawberries, and broccoli are some examples of foods that provide excellent amounts of vitamin C per serving.
Unfortunately, nationally representative research data demonstrates that Americans are not meeting recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake or vitamin C intake on average, resulting in a significant prevalence (37%) of Americans with inadequate dietary vitamin C intake.3 A vitamin C supplement can help fill this key nutrient gap.