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Isolated in 1928, vitamin C is essential for the development and maintenance of connective tissues. It plays an important role in bone formation, wound healing and the maintenance of healthy gums. Vitamin C plays an important role in a number of metabolic functions including the activation of the B vitamin, folic acid, the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids and the conversion of the amino acid, tryptophan, to the neurotransmitter, serotonin.
Vitamin C protects the immune system, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps to fight off infections. Thus further continuous uninterrupted efforts may open new vistas to understand its significance in disease managemen.
The recognition of vitamin C is associated with a history of an unrelenting search for the cause of the ancient haemorrhagic disease scurvy.
It plays an important role in bone formation, wound healing and the maintenance of healthy gums. It is an antioxidant that protects body from free radical damage. Vitamin C protects the immune system, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps to fight off infections.
However the significance and beneficial effect of vitamin C in respect to human disease such as cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and metal toxicity however remains equivocal. Keywords: Vitamin C, Atherosclerosis, Diabetes, Immunity, Cancer, Infertility, Heavy metal toxicity.
The AI is set instead of an RDA if sufficient scientific evidence is not available to calculate an EAR, such as in infants.
1. May Reduce Your Risk Of Chronic Disease
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses (2). Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. Studies show that consuming more vitamin C can increase your blood antioxidant levels by up to 30%.
This helps the body’s natural defenses fight inflammation ( 4 , 5).