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Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

by Georgina Cornwall, PhD
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    00:00 The final water soluble vitamin that we will cover is vitamin C or ascorbic acid.

    00:09 Much more simple.

    00:10 You can take a breath.

    00:11 It has an important role in collagen formation as well as immune system function.

    00:18 You probably were well aware of that.

    00:20 And then collagen you are probably also aware that it is involved in many, many tissues.

    00:27 It's part of most connective tissues.

    00:30 So anywhere that we see a high prevalence of connective tissues and vitamin C deficiency, we can see some issues.

    00:39 So ascorbic acid or C deficiency results in all of these sorts of symptoms.

    00:44 Poor wound healing.

    00:46 We'll see gum abnormalities.

    00:49 We can see bruising or subcutaneous like point hemorrhaging as looks like petechia and loss or missing teeth.

    01:00 As well as significant joint pain.

    01:02 So again anything that has a lot of collagen in connective tissue.

    01:09 And the issue is in binding these collagen monomers together.

    01:14 So the cross linking vitamin C is involved in the cross linking of those two monomers in order to form the matrix that we see in our connective tissues.

    01:26 So on that note, I think we've wrapped up the coverage of all of our water soluble vitamins.

    01:33 And I look forward to seeing you when we talk about the fat soluble vitamins.


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    The lecture Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) by Georgina Cornwall, PhD is from the course Nutrition.


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