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Biological significance of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in human health – a review

Iqbal, Khalid and Khan, Alam and Khattak, Muhammad Muzaffar Ali Khan (2004) Biological significance of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in human health – a review. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 3 (1). pp. 5-13. ISSN 1680 - 5194

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Abstract

The recognition of vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is associated with history of an unrelenting search for the cause of the ancient hemorrhagic disease scurvy. Isolated in 1928, vitamin C is essential for the development and maintenance of connective tissues. It plays an important role in bone formation, wound healing and the maintenance of healthy gums. Vitamin C plays an important role in a number of metabolic functions including the activation of the B vitamin, folic acid, the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids and the conversion of the amino acid, tryptophan, to the neurotransmitter, serotonin. It is an antioxidant that protects body from free radicals’ damages. It is used as therapeutic agent in many diseases and disorders. Vitamin C protects the immune system, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps fight off infections.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5145/1705
Uncontrolled Keywords: ascorbic acid (vitamin D), biological significance, human health
Subjects: T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Nutrition Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Muhammad Muzaffar Ali Khan Khattak
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2011 08:01
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 08:01
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/1705

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