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Vitamin C is among the most important nutrients for the human body. It is an antioxidant, aids many biological functions, and is a natural defense against some infections. Because of these traits, vitamin C has numerous benefits. While most experts recommend getting vitamin C from foods, supplements can also help people meet their daily needs.

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1. Absorb More Iron

Iron is an important mineral that helps create red blood cells and transport oxygen through the body. Certain plants, such as spinach, deliver non-heme iron that is extremely difficult for the body to absorb compared to the heme iron found in animal sources. Vitamin C helps convert non-heme iron into a form that is easier for the body to make use of. While this is most helpful for people who avoid meat in their diet, it can help anyone absorb more iron from their food.

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