Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient in human diet because, man lacks the capacity to synthesise it like some animal species can do.
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Vitamin C is a white crystalline compound of relatively simple structure and closely related to the mono-saccharide sugars. It can be prepared synthetically at low cost from glucose.
Vitamin-C or ascorbic acid is a white crystalline, odorless compound readily soluble in water and is most easily susceptible to destruction by atmospheric oxidation. It is a strong reducing agent and is comparatively stable in an acid medium, but is destroyed by the action of heat and catalysts such as copper.
Vitamin C is called the healing vitamin of the body. It gives resistance to the body against common cold and other infections. Vitamin C plays an important role in cementing material, which holds the body cells in place, in the absorption of calcium in the body, in the body’s use of iron, in healing the wounds and in building body resistance against infections.