In the eighteenth century, seasoned sailors found that by sucking on lemons they could avoid scurvy. When the lemon’s key nutrient was formally identified in 1928, it was named ascorbic acid for its anti-scurvy, or antiscorbutic, action. Today ascorbic acid is widely known as Vitamin C. The health benefits of Vitamin C are abundant and varied, but it’s probably best known as a cell protector, immunity booster, and powerful antioxidant. The body’s ligaments, tendons, and collagen (a protein found in connective tissues) rely on the presence of Vitamin C to stay strong and healthy. Like all antioxidants, Vitamin C counters the effects of cell-damaging molecules called free radicals. As an added benefit, it even helps the body recycle other antioxidants. For certain conditions, Vitamin C is best taken with other antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, flavonoids, and carotenoids.
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