Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, essential for the production of collagen.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined links between nutrient intakes and skin aging in 4,025 women aged 40-74. It found that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance, dryness of the skin, and a better skin-aging appearance.
Also, Vitamin C is good for protecting your body. When combined with Vitamin C, Iron becomes more absorbable allowing an increased Iron intake (this is great for vegetarians). Vitamin C is also one of many antioxidants that can protect against damage caused by harmful free radicals, as well as toxic chemicals and pollutants like cigarette smoke. Free radicals can build up and contribute to the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
And surprisingly, every time you smoke, get stressed, and experience sun exposure your are draining vitamin C from your body.
You can get your Vitamin C fix from citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. You can also obtain a significant amount from tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and even potatoes.