What function does vitamin C play in the body?
Vitamin C has a variety of roles, all indispensable to good health. It is needed for the body to make connective tissue, or collagen, which is found throughout the body and helps maintain the structure of tissues, including skin, muscles, gums, blood vessels and bones. In the classic deficiency disease, scurvy which was recognised for more than 35 centuries, a lack of vitamin C leads to the breaking open of small blood vessels, the reddening and bleeding of skins, nose, gums, loose teeth and general weakness and death. Like vitamin E and beta-carotene, vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant. That means it helps to neutralise potentially harmful reactions in the body – reactions that can lead to cell damage associated with cancer, heart disease and an array of other health problems.
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