We are constantly reminded of the importance of incorporating abundant fruits and vegetables into our diet for getting enough vitamin C. Neither animal-people nor plants can survive without it. Interestingly, most mammal-people are capable of making their own vitamin C. The mammal-people’s natural ability to produce vitamin C to cope with stress shows us the important role of the nutrient for the immune system. As we have just mentioned, because we are unable to synthesize our own vitamin C, it is important for us to consume enough of the nutrient daily through a fresh and wholesome vegan diet. In addition, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. It helps the body fight against harmful compounds known as free radicals. These are detrimental byproducts of metabolism and also generated by environmental pollution and can cause damage to our body as well as contribute to inflammation, cancer, heart disease and other conditions. Research also shows that some allergies, which are the result of the immune response to certain substances, could be alleviated with vitamin C. Research shows that taking vitamin C regularly may help lessen the duration and severity of a cold. In addition to maintaining a healthy immune system, vitamin C may also help lower the risk of cataracts and slow age-related macular degeneration. Moreover, vitamin C helps the body make a type of protein called collagen, which is one of the basic components of the skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Furthermore, vitamin C can be beneficial for metabolic disorders, such as diabetes. Not only is vitamin C helpful for controlling blood sugar levels, but it also has been found to have a positive impact on cardiovascular health. In order to keep vitamin C intact to work at its best inside the body, it is always best to consume your vegetables raw and fresh or lightly cooked because vitamin C is sensitive to heat and light. A healthy and balanced vegan diet readily provides all essential nutrients for our body to thrive. The vegan diet is suitable for people of all ages and stages of life, including pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence and older adulthood, as well as for athletes.