Vitamin C is vital to your immune system and your overall health.  It is crucial to your body’s growth, development and function.  Also known as ascorbic acid, this vitamin is an essential micronutrient and antioxidant. Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means it isn’t stored in the body, but rather absorbed into the bloodstream and is readily available for immediate use.

Some of the powerful properties include:  helping wounds heal, reducing inflammation, combatting allergies/asthma, balances immune system, brain and nervous system function.

Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency

  • Bleeding gums (gingivitis)
  • Bruising
  • Skin rashes
  • Poor wound healing
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Scurvy
  • Petechiae
  • Irritability

If you are showing signs of deficiency from the list above, go see your doctor or schedule an appointment with us – we can do a virtual appointment if you aren’t in the area.
A severe deficiency can cause anemia, a diagnosis might require bloodwork.

Food sources of Vitamin C

You can get Vitamin C naturally through a lot of different fruits and vegetables. Following is a list of some food sources:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, cranberry
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Green and red pepper
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Turnip greens
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter squash


Try out this recipe loaded with Vitamin C!!!!

Spinach-Apple Smoothie video link

Are you getting enough? Try Supplements!

That depends….its always a good idea to incorporate foods rich in Vitamin C into your diet, but sometimes that isn’t quite enough, and extra support via supplementation may be required.  One of the supplements we recommend is CAMU CAMU Vitamin C Liposome, available in our online shop.  Sourced from the Amazonian rain forest in Peru, this botanical bush contains more concentrated natural Vitamin C than any other known botanical in the world.  Also, Alkalize-C, contains a buffered form of Vitamin C, ascorbic acid.  It is a powerful immune enhancer, aids in the reduction of oxidative stress and supports healthy adrenal function.

If you or someone you know struggles with the signs/symptoms listed above, we are here to help.  I strongly encourage you to seek out the guidance of an experienced Functional Medicine Doctor to help you craft a comprehensive, individualized plan to get you feeling your best. Contact us!