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Ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C is an essential vitamin required for normal biochemical functions. Much like the immune system itself, which operates at a cellular level, the hardworking vitamin C reaches every cell of the body. Vitamin C helps some of our most important body systems. First and foremost, it helps the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and tumor cells. Vitamin C also supports the cardiovascular system by facilitating fat metabolism and protecting tissues from free radical damage, and it assists the nervous system by converting certain amino acids into neurotransmitters. The concentration of Vitamin C in both blood serum and tissues is quite high. In fact, this nutrient plays a major role in the manufacture and defense of our connective tissue, the elaborate matrix that holds the body together. It serves as a primary ingredient in collagen, a glue-like substance that binds cells together to form tissues.
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