Vitamin C is the most important vitamin provided by our diet, not least because of its role in the formation of collagen – a protein of youth and main component of the connective tissue. Humans are one of the few mammals whose bodies do not produce vitamin C in the liver. An extreme example of the disastrous effects of Vitamin C deficiency is scurvy, a disease resulting from depleting production and synthesis of collagen.
Our diets don’t always include an adequate level of vitamin C. In addition, a number of external and environmental factors increase our need for Vitamin C nowadays. Many vitamin C supplements worldwide contain ascorbic acid synthesized from corn dextrose. This form of vitamin C is poorly absorbed by the body and taking it regularly, or in high doses, can cause adverse health effects.