What is Vitamin C?
Szent-Gyorgyi, discovered the antiscorbutic factor in 1928; he called it hexuronic acid. By 1932 he showed that the isolated factor of hexuronic acid is vitamin C. It is also called ascorbic acid and the bioflavonoids are part of the vitamin C complex that is found in plants. Many species produce their own vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid in their livers, but humans don't have this ability.
Ascorbic acid works as a co-factor or coenzyme; it can gain or let go of hydrogen so it is very important to proper metabolism. It helps the body absorb iron; it aids in the making of collagen, which is vital to forming fibrous tissue: connective tissue, dentin on teeth, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and skin. It also helps to heal infections, bruises, and stops gums from bleeding. It effectively fights free radicals in the function of an antioxidant. Vitamin C is highly concentrated in blood serum and tissues.
Other functions vitamin C performs include: fights tumor cells, it changes some amino acids into neurotransmitters, thus aiding the nervous system. It stops prostaglandin from secreting thus lessening inflammation. Vitamin C promotes the break down of histamine; histamine is part of some allergic reactions because it induces inflammation.
A quote from The Vitamin C Connection by Dr. Emanuel Cheraskin, Dr. Ringsdorf, and Dr. Sisley encompasses the vast importance of vitamin C:
"There are more than ten thousand published scientific papers that make it quite clear that there is not one body process (such as what goes on inside cells or tissues) and not one disease or syndrome (from the common cold to leprosy) that is not influenced-directly or indirectly-by vitamin C."
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