Vitamin C (Asorbic Acid)

by Georgina Cornwall, PhD

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    The final water soluble vitamin that we will cover is vitamin C or ascorbic acid. Much more simple. You can take a breath. It has an important role in collagen formation as well as immune system function. You probably were well aware of that. And then collagen you are probably also aware that it is involved in many, many tissues. It's part of most connective tissues. So anywhere that we see a high prevalence of connective tissues and vitamin C deficiency, we can see some issues. So ascorbic acid or C deficiency results in all of these sorts of symptoms. Poor wound healing. We'll see gum abnormalities. We can see bruising or subcutaneous like point hemorrhaging as looks like petechia and loss or missing teeth. As well as significant joint pain. So again anything that has a lot of collagen in connective tissue. And the issue is in binding these collagen monomers together. 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. So on that note, I think we've wrapped up the coverage of all of our water soluble vitamins. And I look forward to seeing you when we talk about the fat soluble vitamins. ...

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