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Need help!! - vitamin C

Postby bouncy_caramel » Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:22 am

what are the usages of vitamin c within our body aside from preventing scurvy. does vitamin C contributes on making anything in our body - anything related with glucose

plz help ..
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Postby victor » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:58 am

Vit. C (ascorbic acid) is an unsaturated cyclic ester (lactone) which gives acidic effect due to it's C-3 proton. In many animals (except in humans and certain vertebrates), ascorbic acid is synthesized from glucose and its main function is as an antioxidizing agent in our body.
We can't synthesize this molecule due to lack of certain enzymes, so vitamin C intake must be done to prevent some disseases and also to combat free radicals.
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Postby fireblaze » Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:37 pm

isn't vitamin c needed for growth? :lol:
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Postby victor » Fri Jul 14, 2006 4:20 am

Um, I don't think so, because GH, T3 or T4 as far as I know aren't made from ascorbic acid precursor.. :lol:
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