What is vitamin C?

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Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential water-soluble micronutrient. It is the most effective antioxidant in our blood, due to its water-solubility and to the wide range of radical oxygen species that it can scavenge. It is found in certain foods and supplements.

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Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential water-soluble micronutrient. It is the most effective antioxidant in our blood, due to its water-solubility and to the wide range of radical oxygen species that it can scavenge. It is found in certain foods and supplements.

Health issues that can benefit from vitamin c:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Cancers
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity

Vitamin C is also extremely important as an antioxidant.

It has the ability to neutralize oxygen and nitrogen-based radicals and because it recycles both vitamin E and BH4, which have key antioxidant and enzyme co-factor functions in the body and contribute to brain health.

Vitamin C contributes to many important enzyme reactions, including those leading to the synthesis of norepinephrine, carnitine, cholesterol, amino acids, and several peptide hormones.

Because of its structural similarity to glucose, Vitamin C can replace glucose in many chemical reactions, and it can prevent the non-enzymatic glycosylation of proteins.

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