Vitamin C (or as it is known by its more technical term, ascorbic acid) that is essential to all of life. Vitamin C is an important factor in many of the body’s various life-giving and life-maintaining functions including the successful operation of the immune system. Unfortunately, Vitamin C is not water soluble (meaning it cannot be saved in the body’s fat content for later) and it is not something that the body naturally produces. This means that although it is an essential vitamin, it must be replenished every day in order for good health to be maintained. There is at least some vitamin C content in all fruits and vegetables though one particular type of fruit that seems to have a higher concentration is fruit in the citrus family. The orange is most closely associated with Vitamin C for this reason.
Taking into account the wide spectrum of the most common kinds of nutrients, Vitamin C always seems to be the most popular. When it is ingested it instantly goes to work circulating through all of the watery areas of the human body (once it has been absorbed into the intestines of course) and from there helps in the fortification of collagen and also acts as an antioxidant during the trip. Vitamin C is routinely used as a food additive along with other kinds of antioxidants like calcium salts, sodium, and potassium. It is for this reason that the traditional Vitamin C supplements that can be bought in stores contain not only ascorbic acid, but many other types of ascorbates that fit a similar purpose.
Vitamin C also has a host of other general uses. It assists in the repair of damaged tissue, in keeping up healthy levels of collagen, and in conjunction with equally essential insoluble compounds such as Vitamin E, it helps these become generally more effective at what they already accomplish for the body.