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Donnish Journal of Medicinal Plant Research

October 2014 Vol. 1(1), pp. 001-008

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A Review on Biological Functions and Sources of Anti-scorbutic Factor: Vitamin C


1*Hansa Jain and 2Sanjyot Mulay

1Post Graduate Student, MPH Public Health, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
2Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Dental College and Hospital, Pune, India.

Corresponding Author E-mail: drhansaliljain@gmail.com

Accepted 28th September, 2014.



Abstract


Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, though discovered in the 20th century, it has its initials in the 13th and 14th century due to outbreak of scurvy in seafarer. Along with being an antiscorbutic agent it has multitudinous salubrious roles in human beings which subsume antioxidant action, a cofactor in enzymatic activity, enhancing iron absorption, pivotal role in immunity, regeneration of vitamin E, etc. Vitamin C is even propitious in preventing and treating a large number of diseases including cardiovascular, ocular, cognitive and pulmonary diseases to name a few. Humans are inept to synthesize the vitamin and require an external source to fulfil the recommended daily allowance. The present review comprises of various biological aspects of vitamin C and its sources in fruits and vegetable.

Keywords: Ascorbic acid, L-gulonolactone oxidase, Antioxidant, Immunity, Collagen, Carnitine.

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Hansa Jain and Sanjyot Mulay. A Review on Biological Functions and Sources of Anti-scorbutic Factor: Vitamin C. Donnish Journal of Medicinal Plant Research 1(1) 2014 pp. 001-008.


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