The body uses vitamin C for wound heading. It is also an essential nutrient for many bodily functions including processing of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It aids the body in forming blood vessels, collagen, cartilage and muscle. Lack of vitamin C causes a condition called scurvy in addition to slowing wound healing.
Vitamin C is found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits have high concentrations of ascorbic acid, as do green vegetables, tomatoes and potatoes. To obtain maximum levels of ascorbic acid, the food should be eaten fresh and unprocessed. Cooking, drying and exposing the foods to air can all reduce the amount of vitamin C present.