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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

 

Sources:

  • Plants
  • Fruits
  • Liver
  • Oysters
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Milk
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Several food products
  • many others

Function

  • Required in many metabolic reactions
  • Essential for healthy diet
  • Antioxidant source
  • Cofactor
  • Coenzyme
  • others

Deficiency

  • Scurvy
  • Liver spots on skin
  • Spongy gums
  • Bleeding from several mucous membranes
  • Loss of teeth

Toxicity is rather rare

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