Vitamin C: How is it important for Body?

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If you’ve wondered how VITAMIN C is important for your body & where you can get this, then here some facts for you…

Everyone knows vitamins play a crucial role in the health & development of our body. They are a class of organic compounds that are required by the body in very small amounts. Moreover, they do not yield energy but enable the body to use other nutrients.

Since the body is generally unable to synthesize them (at least in sufficient amounts) they must be provided by food.

Human, monkey, guinea pig bats & several birds are perhaps the only species known to require vitamin C in their diet.

Vitamin C also known as L-ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin and It is the most sensitive of all vitamins to heat.

Why we need vitamin C for our body?

The chief biologic function of it is as a water-soluble reducing agent which means as an electron donor.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).

Although it plays an important role in tissue oxidation. As such, it is required for the maintenance of normal connective tissue and wound healing.

it is also needed for the remodeling of bone, because of the presence of collagen in the organic matrix. it is also involved in protein synthesis.

Other putative biochemical uses of vitamin C include a role in antioxidant protection, thyroxin synthesis, amino acid metabolism, strengthening resistance to infection, and aiding in the absorption of iron.

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A number of other metabolic reactions require vitamin C to act as a cofactor; notable among those is the synthesis of epinephrine from tyrosine, and the synthesis of the bile acids.

The work of Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling has inspired public interest in the megadoses of this vitamin to prevent the infection of the virus responsible for the common cold, research on this topic over the past 20 years has offered conflicting results.

From where & how much vitamin C we get ?

The main dietary sources of vitamin C are fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables. Traces of it occur in fresh meat and fish but scarcely in cereals. Also, Germinating pulses contain a good amount. The estimated requirement for it is 90 mg per day for adults. The normal body when fully saturated contains about 5 g of it.

Here, some best 15 sources of Vitamin C

Natural sourcesPer 100gm of quantity
Kakadu Plum7000 mg
Acerola Cherry1,677.6 mg
Indian gooseberry (Amla)600 mg
Rose Hips426 mg
Green Chili Peppers242 mg
Guava228.3 mg
Dried Lychee183 mg
Fresh Thyme160.1 mg
Sweet Yellow Peppers capsicum159.61 mg
Parsley133 mg
Mustard Spinach130 mg
Lemon with peel129 mg
Kale120 mg
Kiwi92.7 mg
Orange59.1 mg
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Mohini Makadiya

Dr. Mohini is passionate about her fellow humans and wants to be their inspiration for growth. Her goal is to make the field of medicine relatable & understandable. She is using the science of Ayurveda to transform your life, which helps in good health and self-care. And also good knowledge of food and nutrition. She is an expert in ayurvedic medicine and best of its uses, use as better to escape from diseases.

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