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Vitamin C is a water soluble Vitamin that our bodies cannot make or store although it is concentrated in organs in the body that have a higher metabolic activity, such as the adrenal glands, brain, eyes and testes. Most other animals (except guinea-pigs) produce Vitamin C in the liver from glucose so adequate intake of Vitamin C is required everyday for normal growth and development in humans. Vitamin C is found naturally in fruit and vegetables but is destroyed easily by cooking or storing fruit for a long time. Vitamin C is necessary for growth and repair and contributes to:
It increases iron absorption. Ascorbic Acid prevents the formation of insoluble, unabsorbable iron compounds. It also converts iron into the form required for uptake by the mucosal cells.
It contributes to the regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E. This means it helps return vitamin E to its active form. There are distinct pathways for the repair of oxidised vitamin E in human cells There is significant interaction between the water soluble and fat soluble molecules and the membrane- cytosol interface and that vitamin C may function in vivo to repair the membrane bound oxidised vitamin E
Contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue by helping to synthesise carnitine, required to produce energy in the cell.
Vitamin C is easily absorbed from the intestines and used in the body in about 2 hours and out of the blood in 3-4 hours. For this reason is may be better to take supplements of Vitamin C at 4-hour intervals instead of in one dose. Vitamin C is utilised during stress, if we smoke or take alcohol. Some antibiotics can increase the elimination of Vitamin C from the body. The safe upper limit of vitamin C is set at 2gm, above which people may experience digestive upsets.
A concentrated source of this significant antioxidant. Vitamin C also supports energy metabolism, the immune system, and a number of other functions.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin with a wide range of important functions.
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