Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid

 A nutrient your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body's healing process. 

 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation from the sun, X-rays or other sources. Free radicals might play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb and store iron.

Because your body doesn't produce vitamin C, you need to get it from your diet. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach. Vitamin C is also available as an oral supplement, typically in the form of capsules and chewable tablets.

Vegetables with the highest sources of vitamin C

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

Green and red peppers.

Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens.

Sweet and white potatoes.

Tomatoes and tomato juice.

Winter squash