Nutrition for the Brain: Vitamin C

Vitamin C for Brain Health - Dr. Robert MelilloVitamin C is one of the most recognizable nutrients that is important for healthy brain function and immunity as outlined in Dr. Robert Melillo’s book “The Disconnected Kids The Nutrition Plan.” This series, “Nutrition for the Brain,” will explore the nutrients that are most important to brain development and childhood health.


Levels of this powerful antioxidant are typically fifteen times higher in the brain than in other parts of the body. Vitamin C has numerous contributions to brain health including manufacturing the brain’s most important neurotransmitters, regulating special receptors that modulate rapid cell communication in the brain, and its involvement in gene expression during brain development.


Several studies have found that may children with ADHD do not have an adequate supply of vitamin C in the blood. Additionally, one study found that higher than normal levels of vitamin C increased student IQ scores by an average of 5 points. In a study of children with autism, supplemental vitamin C reduced the severity of symptoms and improved sensory-motor-skill scores.


The major sources of vitamin C are citrus foods – many of which can be sensitivity foods for kids who struggle with neurobehavioral issues. However, vitamin C is abundant in a lot of fruits and vegetables such as:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Berries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Kiwi

More information on vitamin C can be found on page 103 of my book “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan.”


Dr. Robert Melillo Vitamin C Infographic


Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of The Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.

Disclaimer: The information presented on this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment of specific medical conditions. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you and your family.

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