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Vitamin C

Vitamin C or L ascorbic acid plays an important role in the synthesis of structural proteins and many hormones. Vitamin C is the most fragile of all vitamins: it is vulnerable to water, heat, light and air. At room temperature, for example, much of the vitamin C content in a food can disappear within 24 hours. It is important to adapt the cooking and storage methods in order to limit losses.

It operates in many areas :

  • Antioxidant which has positive effects in the fight against aging because it is involved in the construction and repair of bones and blood vessels
  • Promotes iron absorption
  • Promotes the elimination of toxins
  • Collagen formation
  • Wound healing
  • Promotes bacterial immunity
  • Promotes the production of cortisone
  • Formation of hormones and amino acids
  • Promotes the functioning of the nervous system and muscles
  • Prevents or decreases osteoporosis, dental conditions, diabetes, tachycardia, colds, infections

Vitamin C is said to be water soluble, which means that it is soluble in water. During evolution, the human body has lost the ability to synthesize it. It must therefore be provided through food. It is important to consume it daily because it is not stored by the human body. It is mainly found in the following food sources: citrus fruits, lemon, sea buckthorn, apples, blueberries, black currants, tomatoes, parsley, lettuce and many others.

Its deficiency, observed in smokers, leads to :

  • Tired
  • Irritability
  • Scurvy (haemorrhages, falling teeth, gingivitis, bone abnormality)

During an influenza infection, the body sets up an immune response which acts directly on the human body's basal metabolism. This direct action necessarily requires the presence of vitamin C for the biosynthesis of antibodies such as T lymphocytes and white blood cells. It should also be noted that an imbalance linked to the lack of ascorbic acid slows down the body's reaction to the disease.

Note that vitamin C is a food additive: E300 (antioxidant)

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