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Vitamin C - Quick Facts
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid / L-ascorbic acid) is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement.
It is on the World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters. It is required for the functioning of several enzymes and is important for immune systemfunction.It also functions as an antioxidant.
Foods containing vitamin C include citrus fruits, kiwifruit, guava, Kale, Aceroal Cherry, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, raw bell peppers, and strawberries. Below is an infographic that shows some good choices of natural raw plant-based Vitamin C
(Lengthy storage or cooking may kill vitamin C content in food. (Raw diet is always good)
Vitamin C was discovered in 1912, and in 1933 was the first vitamin to be chemically synthesized and produced.
The biochemical role of vitamin C is to act as an antioxidant (a reducing agent) by donating electrons to various enzymatic and non-enzymatic reactions
Vitamin C distributes readily in high concentrations into immune cells, has antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities, promotes lymphocyte proliferation, and is consumed quickly during infections, effects indicating a prominent role in immune system regulatio
Intravenous vitamin C is an adjunctive cancer therapy, widely used in naturopathic and integrative oncology settings.
The richest natural sources are fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is the most widely taken nutritional supplement and is available in a variety of forms, like tablets, drink mixes and capsules.
Our bodies cannot produce vitamin C on their own. Having vitamin C in our diets is literally a question of life or death.
Interestingly enough, dogs, like most other animals, make their own vitamin C. In their bodies, enough to satisfy their daily vitamin C needs, so it is not necessary to add vitamin C to a dog’s diet.