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Vitamine C

Constituents

Vitamine C = ascorbic acid

Provenience

vegetable: fresh fruits or vegetables such as - lemons, kiwis, oranges, cabbage, tomatoes, ...

Action

plays the role of reducer by gradually getting oxidised to dehydroascorbic acid: then to dicetogulonic acid:

Estimated average needs

adult: 60-100 mg / d depending on effort

Deficiency

Lack of fresh fruits or vegetables provokes . scurvy that manifests itself by: - hemorrhages - gum swelling - absence of cicatrisation . Barlow's disease of infants that manifests itself by - thigh hematomas - muscular atony - fever - diarrhea