Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient found in some foods and nutritional supplements. It may have antioxidant properties and the ability to neutralize free radicals within the body.

About Vitamin C

As a water-soluble vitamin, ascorbic acid may perform antioxidant functions within the aqueous compartments of the blood and inside cells. Vitamin C is also recognized as an essential cofactor for the enzymes involved in the synthesis of collagen – the chief structural protein in connective tissues such as bones, cartilage and skin. Finally, Vitamin C may play an important role in immune function. Note that the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C will vary depending on your age.

Recommended Amounts

Age Group Recommended Amount
Birth to 6 months 40 mg
Infants 7–12 months 50 mg
Children 1–3 years 15 mg
Children 4–8 years 25 mg
Children 9–13 years 45 mg
Teens 14–18 years (boys) 75 mg
Teens 14–18 years (girls) 65 mg
Adults (men) 90 mg
Adults (women) 75 mg
Pregnant teens 80 mg
Pregnant women 85 mg
Breastfeeding teens 115 mg
Breastfeeding women 120 mg