Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin, as it stimulates collagen synthesis and acts as an antioxidant, protecting the DNA and cell membranes against damage. Because vitamin C is a WATER SOLUBLE NUTRIENT, it cannot be stored and needs to enter the body every 3-4 hours. Luckily this is relatively easy to achieve as many fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C. An absolute deficiency of vitamin C leads to scurvy, which sadly is making a comeback in Australia due to terrible dietary choices! Scurvy symptoms include ulcers and wounds that don’t heal, gum disease, weakness, fatigue and sore muscles. These symptoms occur because vitamin C is so very important for connective tissue formation and immunity. Citrus fruits, raw cacao, strawberries, capsicums, kale and pawpaw are great sources of vitamin C, but if you’re working on your skin or think you’re at risk of a severe deficiency, take a 1000mg supplement daily (this is a therapeutic dose, but you can take much more than this – consult a professional for a suitable tailored dose for your needs).