Let's be clear about one thing: Vitamin C is definitely a rockstar where your health is concerned—it’s an antioxidant and helps support normal immune function.*
While this might seem like a good case for adding this nutrient into a multivitamin rotation, the truth is it might not be necessary. Many of us consume plenty of vitamin C in an ideal way already: via the food we eat. That's why adding it to a multivitamin might be unnecessary—and in some cases, downright unhelpful.*
But before we dive into all that, let's take a 15-second crash course on vitamin C's role in the body.
Fun fact: Our bodies don’t produce or store vitamin C.
Vitamin C is water-soluble. For contrast, fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K are absorbed in fatty tissue, where they tend to stick around for awhile. But water-soluble vitamins like B and C are more “one and done:” We consume them, absorb what we need, and pee the rest out.
This means that we need to look outward for our vitamin C needs. But the good news is that most of us can meet those needs through diet alone.*