Vitamin C Deficiency


Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient involved in many biological and biochemical functions. Nutritional vitamin C deficiency is rare in developed countries but is seen in individuals on restricted diets.

Keywords: antioxidant; deficiency; scurvy; recommended daily allowance; vitamin C

Figure 1.

Chemical structure of ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid.



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Meydani, Mohsen, Zubik, L, and Tang, F‐Y(Jan 2003) Vitamin C Deficiency. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002107]