Vitamin C

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Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a vital water-soluble nutrient. It cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained from diet. It played a significant role in preventing scurvy among sailors during long sea voyages, leading to the discovery of its importance and the benefits of citrus fruit consumption.

Vitamin C is essential for various aspects of health. It promotes normal collagen formation, vital for tissues like blood vessels, bones, and skin. It aids in neurotransmitter synthesis, supporting the nervous system's function and cognitive health. Additionally, it contributes to energy metabolism, ensuring efficient nutrient utilization. Vitamin C also influences psychological function, benefiting mood and mental well-being. It plays a crucial role in immune system function, enhancing immune cell activity and acting as an antioxidant to protect against oxidative stress. Moreover, it reduces tiredness and fatigue by facilitating iron absorption, supporting energy production and overall vitality.


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