Vitamin C - an important anti-oxidant of the body

Vitamin C - an important anti-oxidant of the body
Vitamin C is water soluble and a very important anti-oxidant in humans. It is one among the rich sources of nutrients to the body. The anti-oxidant property of vitamin C plays an important role in protecting cells by neutralising free radicals and maintaining the osmotic balance of the cell. Humans do not have the ability to synthesise vitamin C; hence, we depend on our diet for its intake. Vitamin C which is also known as ascorbic acid is found in many plants-based foods including green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, legumes, nuts, grains, seeds and oils; it is added to commercial foods as a preservative. Vitamin C is required to produce collagen, an important protein to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Consumption of enough vitamin C by eating lots of fruits and vegetables helps in reducing the risk of developing some of the conditions, such as high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, some type of cancers, atherosclerosis, the building up of plague in blood vessels that can lead to heart attack and stroke, etc. Vitamin C plays a vital role at the fundamental level of ailments and nowadays its importance is growing literally.

Deficiency of vitamin C may lead to poor metabolism, which may eventually produce many disorders. The prolonged deficiency of vitamin C may lead to anaemia, less immune function, bleeding gums, poor health of hair, weight gain, gingivitis and other enamel related tooth disorders, joint pains, etc.

Hence, it is always good to maintain the required level of vitamin C in the body in order to promote our wellbeing.
How to cite this article:
Poorani Venkatachalapathy. Vitamin C - an important anti-oxidant of the body. BioLim O-Media. 29 July, 2014. 2(5).
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