Vitamin C

What is it?

Vitamin C or L-ascorbate is an essential nutrient for a large number of higher primate species, a small number of other mammalian species (notably guinea pigs and bats), a few species of birds, and some fish. The presence of ascorbate is required for a range of essential metabolic reactions in all animals and plants. It is made internally by almost all organisms, humans being the most well-known exception. It is widely known as the vitamin whose deficiency causes scurvy in humans. It is also widely used as a food additive. The pharmacophore of this vitamin is the ascorbate ion. In living organisms, ascorbate is an antioxidant, since it protects the body against oxidative stress, and is a cofactor in several vital enzymatic reactions. The uses and the daily requirement amounts of this supplement are matters of on-going debate. People consuming diets rich in ascorbate from natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are healthier and have lower mortality from a number of chronic illnesses. However, a recent meta-analysis of 68 reliable antioxidant supplementation experiments involving a total of 232,606 individuals concluded that consuming additional ascorbate from supplements may not be as beneficial as thought.

The Benefits

  • An antioxidant required for metabolic functions in the body.

  • Carbohydrate metabolism.

  • Helps in the synthesis of collagen which acts as a connective tissue between the bones.

  • Helps in the deposition of calcium and phosphates in the bones.

  • Plays an important role in wound repair.

  • Maturation of red cells.

  • Helps in the production antistress hormones.

  • Helps prevent the harmful effects of pollution.

  • Protects against infection and increases immunity.

  • Helps in lowering blood pressure.
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