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Ascorbic acid

Synonym: Vitamin C

1 Definition

Ascorbic acid is a non-B-complex water soluble vitamin.

2 Structure

Constitutional formula: C6H8O6

3 Biochemichal role

In the case of ascorbic acid the vitamin form is the active form. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and acts as a coenzyme in hydroxylation and reduction reactions.

Vitamin C dependent processes:

4 Requirement

60-70mg/day

5 Deficiency

Vitamin C deficiency leads to a disease called scurvy. The symptoms of scurvy are related to a lack of collagen (e.g. loss of teeth, fragile blood vessels).

6 Source

Tiberiu Nistor - Basic in descriptive biochemistry

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