Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitter.
Vitamin C is required for the functioning of several enzymes and is important for immune function.
Vitamin C also functions as an antioxidant.
Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.
Vitamin C is used to:
Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
Heal wounds and form scar tissue
Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth ØAid in the absorption of iron
Vitamin C & Immunity
Vitamin C affects your immune health in several ways.
Its antioxidant activity can decrease inflammation, which may help improve your immune function.
Vitamin C also keeps your skin healthy by boosting collagen production, helping the skin serve as a functional barrier to keep harmful compounds from entering your body.
Vitamin C in the skin can also promote wound healing. •
The vitamin also boosts the activity of phagocytes, immune cells that can “swallow” harmful bacteria and other particles.
In addition, it promotes the growth and spread of lymphocytes, a type of immune cell that increases your circulating antibodies, proteins that can attack foreign or harmful substances in your blood.
In studies of its effectiveness against viruses that cause the common cold, vitamin C doesn’t appear to make you any less likely to get a cold — but it may help you get over cold faster and make the symptoms less severe.
There’s also some evidence from animal research and case studies in humans that high dose or IV vitamin C can reduce lung inflammation in severe respiratory illnesses caused by H1N1 (“swine flu”) or other viruses.
However, there’s not enough research to support the use of high dose vitamin C for lung inflammation at this time. You shouldn’t take high doses of vitamin C supplements — even orally — because they can cause side effects like diarrhea