Vitamin C Benefits
VITAMIN C ( ASCORBIC ACID)
Vegtable sources :- Fresh fruits , mainly citrus fruits,e.g. emblic myrobalan ( amlaki) , orange, lemon, tomato , pine- apple, papaya, etc; fresh vegetable, e.g.;, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, green peppers, beans etc; properly sprouted pulses, germinating grains etc. are also rich sources.pototo and seeds are poor,but rich during germination.
Animals sources:- Generally poor.In the animal body the adrenal cortex contains good amount. Cow s milk , meat and fish contain a little. Milk is the only food for infants, so their diet should be supplemented with a good source of ascorbic acid. E.g. orange juice or synthetic ascorbic acid.
Blood serum :- Blood serum contains 0.8 mgm of ascorbic acid per 100ml, but in deficiency only 0.4 mgm or less. It is not much stored in the body . Most of the ingested vitamin C is promptly excreted, although vitamin C is high threshold substance.
1) Ascorbic acid is related to carbohydratemetaboism.
2) It is essential for the proper functioning of the formative cells of various
tissues , such as fibroblasts, osteoblasts,etc.It helps in the development of
the protein matrix,
3)It plays an important role in wound repair.
4) It takes part in the maturation of red cells.
5) It helps in the conversion of folic acid to folinie acid.
Deficiency signs. Suruy- 1) Increased fragility of capillaries causing haemorrhages unde
The skin periosteum, intestine, kidney, etc. The gums show crosion of the mucous membrane at their margins and due to the increased fragility of capillaries there is frequent bleeding
2) Increased brittleness of bones leading to fracture.
3)Anaemia number of red cells and platelets are reduced.
4) Delayed blood clotting and clot ertraction.
5) skin eruptions.
6) Increased susceptibility to infections.
7) Impaired healing of wounds.
8) Disturbance in carbohydrate metabolism.
9) Reproductive failure both in males and females.
100 mgm is adequate are 30 mgm to 80 mgm 75 mgm for adults, 100mgm during pregnancyand 150 mgm during lactation.