Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003303
Title: Vitamin C as a therapeutic healing agent
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Review Article
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    Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, dehydroascorbic acid, and the antiscorbutic vitamin. Chemically, it is called L-xyloascorbic acid and L-threo-hex-2-uronic acid g-lactone. The very highest concentrations of Vitamin C are found in the adrenal and pituitary gland. High levels are also found in liver, leukocytes, brain, kidney, and pancreas. Most of the Vitamin C is found in liver and skeletal muscle due to their relative size to the rest of the body. Ascorbic acid is one of the important water-soluble vitamins. It is essential for collagen, carnitine, and neurotransmitters biosynthesis. Most plants and animals synthesize ascorbic acid for their own requirement. However, humans cannot synthesize ascorbic acid due to lack of an enzyme gulonolactone oxidase. Hence, ascorbic acid has to be supplemented mainly through fruits, vegetables, and tablets. Vitamin C is literally amazing in the wide variety of function it performs in healing the body and maintaining body health. Many health benefits have been attributed to ascorbic acid such as antioxidant, antiatherogenic, anticarcinogenic, immunomodulator, and prevent cold. The best-characterized function is the synthesis of collagen connective tissue protein at the level of hydroxylation of the prolyl and lysyl residues of procollagen. Vitamin C also plays important roles in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, steroid hormones, carnitine, conversion of cholesterol to bile acids, tyrosine degradation, and metal ion metabolism. This vitamin also may enhance iron bioavailability. The role of ascorbic acid as a biological reducing agent may be linked to its prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

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    T. Vinishdharma1 , K. R. Don2 *

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    1 Graduate Student, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences (SIMATS), Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral and maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences (SIMATS), Saveetha University, Chennai

    *Corresponding author: K. R. Don, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, PH Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India

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    T. Vinishdharma1 , K. R. Don2 *

    Title:Vitamin C as a therapeutic healing agent
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (March)
    Page No: (554-558)
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    Methodology:Healing agent
    Research Materials:Vitamin C


Ascorbic acid Healing agent Vitamin C

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