A Study On Vitamin C

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Vitamin C Lab
Date of Experiment: September 19, 2014
Danielle Butler; Semhal Selamawi; Emma Adomako
Lab Section 12
Date of Submission: October 3, 2014

INTRODUCTION

A vitamin so named in 1913 by political biochemist C. Funk is defined to be any of a number if unrelated, complex organic substances found variously in most foods, or sometimes synthesized in the body, and essential, in small amounts for the regulation of the metabolism and normal growth and functioning of the body. (Webster’ s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition) We often obtain the substantial amount of Vitamin C through our diets since the body is unstable to synthesize and actually produce Vitamin C on its own. Vitamin C also known as Ascorbic acid is a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble vitamin, found in many foods especially citrus fruits, vegetables, and rose hips; its required for proper nutrition and metabolism, and a deficiency produces scurvy. (Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition) If an individual does not have a sufficient amount of Vitamin C in their bloodstream it often leads to a slow recovery for a simple cold, and for the formation of proteins (collagen) which then creates skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues, healing of wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. (http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid) It not common for one to have a
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