Vitamin C in health and disease: a current perspective

Marcelo Villagrán; Mirna Muñoz; Fredy Díaz; Claudia Troncoso; Carlos Celis-Morales; Lorena Mardones

Keywords: antioxidant, ascorbic acid, vitamin c, intake, vitamina c, antioxidante, acido ascórbico, ingesta


Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant. Its intake has been associated with a number of benefits, some of which lack a scientific basis. This review summarizes important biological aspects that determine vitamin C homeostasis, discusses the available information on its possible beneficial effects and its intake in various countries, with special emphasis on some risk groups. The beneficial effects of this vitamin in inflammation, cancer and cardiovascular disease are also summarized, as well as its role as immuno-modulator and epigenetic regulator. Dietary sources of vitamin C and the factors that influence its stability are also presented. Finally, an overview of the research conducted on healthy lifestyles in Latin-American countries are presented. This research summarized provides evidence of poor eating habits, which could account for a vitamin C hypovitaminosis not yet reported that could be associated with unhealthy ageing and the development of non-transmissible chronic diseases.

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Título según SCOPUS: Vitamin c in health and disease: A current perspective [Una mirada actual de la vitamina C en salud y enfermedad]
Título según SCIELO: Una mirada actual de la vitamina C en salud y enfermedad
Título de la Revista: Revista chilena de nutrición
Volumen: 46
Número: 6
Editorial: Sociedad Chilena de Nutrición, Bromatología y Toxicología.
Fecha de publicación: 2019
Página de inicio: 800
Página final: 808
Idioma: Spanish