Ascorbic acid - Definition

February 2017


Definition


Ascorbic acid or vitamin C is mainly found in fruits (citrus) and fresh vegetables, and is therefore supplied through food. Cooking food lowers their value of vitamin C. Among other things, ascorbic acid helps fight against viruses by reinforcing the action of white blood cells and also helps metabolize iron. A lack of vitamin C can cause headaches, fatigue, loss of weight, increased sensibility to infection and, in severe cases, scurvy, a sickness responsible for the aggravation of these signs and for hemorrhaging.

Related

Published by Jeff. Latest update on October 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM by Jeff.
This document, titled "Ascorbic acid - Definition," is available under the Creative Commons license. Any copy, reuse, or modification of the content should be sufficiently credited to CCM Health (health.ccm.net).