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Supplementing Vitamin C Essential To Good HealthMillions of Americans depend on vitamins Vitamins are what gives you a boost and helps you start your morning right In this report I will discuss different kinds of vitamins where vitamins come from how vitamins help you oranges and my lab results Ascorbic acid also called vitamin C is an organic compound needed by humans to prevent scurvy and to increase the bodys resistance to infections Encarta1 Ascorbic acid acts as an antioxidant It is also essential for sound bones and teeth The average amount of Vitamin C that an adult should obtain is 50-56 mg a day the average a child should obtain is 40-45mg per dayAscorbic acid also has unpleasant side effects Megadoses of the vitamin can cause diarrhea and irritation of the urinary track Some scientist say Vitamin C is useless other scientists say it is harmfulVitamin C is found in cantaloupes citrus fruits potatoes raw cabbage strawberries and tomatoes It is not a proven fact but some people say that cooking these fruits and vegetables drains the Vitamin C from the fruit or vegetableIn my experiment I tested different brands of orange juice to see which had the most amount of Vitamin C The brands I tested were Tropicana Minute maid Big Y and Stop and shop To test for Vitamin C I needed Tropicana orange juice Minute Maid orange juice Big Y orange juice and Stop Shop orange juice Iodine a beaker starch graduated cylinder plastic spoon filter and an eyedropper First I pored 25 mls of Tropicana orange juice in a graduated cylinder then I pored that into a beaker than added 5 grams of starch then add iodine one drop at a time until color changes repeated this procedure for the other brands of orange juice My results were as follows Minute Maid No one eleven drops Minute Maid No two thirteen drops The average number of drops was twelve
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