Vitamin C And The Immune System

Reto Muggli, Department of Immunochemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is required for the optimal functioning of all cells, tissues, and organs. It is the most important water soluble antioxidant and is a cofactor in many hydroxylating reactions. Man, primates, guinea pigs and a few other species lack the capability to synthesize ascorbic acid, for them ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient. There is abundant evidence from animal and human studies that the immune system is sensitive to the level of intake of vitamin C.

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