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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin which is essential for normal functioning of the body.
Unlike most mammals, humans don't have the ability to make vitamin C. Vitamin C must be obtained diet.
Vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is essential for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, along with vitamin E, beta-carotene, and many other plant-based nutrients. Antioxidants block some of the damage caused by free radicals, which occur naturally when our bodies transform food into energy. The build-up of free radicals over time may be largely responsible for the aging process and can contribute to the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
Smoking cigarettes lowers the amount of vitamin C in the body, so smokers are at a higher risk of deficiency. Signs of vitamin deficiency include dry and splitting hair; gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and bleeding gums; rough, dry, scaly skin; decreased wound-healing rate, easy bruising; nosebleeds; and a decreased ability to ward off infection. A severe form of vitamin C deficiency is known as scurvy.
Low levels of vitamin C have been associated with a number of conditions, including high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, some cancers, and atherosclerosis (the build-up plaque in blood vessels that can lead to heart attack and stroke). Getting enough vitamin C from your diet (by eating lots of fruit and vegetables) may help reduce the risk of developing some of these conditions.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin found in many fruits and vegetables including oranges, peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli and brussels sprouts.
Vitamin C is crucial for growth and repair of tissues, healing wounds, healthy bones and teeth and assisting the body with collagen production and iron absorption. It is also an antioxidant so fights off damaging free radicals.
Vitamin C deficiency can lead to scurvy although this is rare. Signs of a deficiency are tiredness, weakness, muscles and joint pain, bruising, small bruise-like spots, dry skin, splitting hair, swelling and bleeding gums, nose bleeds, tooth and bone weakness and problems fighting infections.
Low levels of vitamin C are more common amongst smokers.
As vitamin C is water-soluble it is unlikely to accumulate in the body. Taking vitamin C supplements can cause some reactions such as an upset stomach and diarrhoea.
Your Blood sample will be analysed at our chosen laboratory based in the heart of London's medical district. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from the UK's largest independent provider of clinical diagnostic tests
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Vitamin C test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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