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