Vitamin C is a water soluble Vitamin that is essential to human life and is also referred to as ascorbic acid. It can be made [synthesized] inside almost all organisms, except humans.
Chemically it is the L-enantiomer of ascorbate.
Recommendations for daily dose varies from one institution to another. The minimal amount recommended is 40 milligrams [UK] and the most recommended is 100 milligrams per day [Japan]. Recommendations by North American Dietary Reference Intake is not to exceed 2,000 milligrams in a single day.
Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.
– Forms an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
– Heal wounds and form scar tissue
– Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth
– Aid in the absorption of iron
– Several food products
– many others
– Required in many metabolic reactions
– Essential for healthy diet
– Antioxidant source
– Liver spots on skin
– Spongy gums
– Bleeding from several mucous membranes
– Loss of teeth
Toxicity is rather rare