Chapter 19. Vitamin C

  1. G.F.M. Ball

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774571.ch19

Vitamins: Their Role in the Human Body

Vitamins: Their Role in the Human Body

How to Cite

Ball, G.F.M. (2004) Vitamin C, in Vitamins: Their Role in the Human Body, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774571.ch19

Author Information

  1. Consultant, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 NOV 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632064786

Online ISBN: 9780470774571



  • biosynthesis of collagen;
  • ascorbic acid;
  • adipogenesis;
  • L-ascorbic acid;
  • dehydroascorbic acid


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Historical Overview

  • Chemistry

  • Dietary Sources and Bioavailability

  • Absorption, Transport and Metabolism

  • Effect of Ascorbic Acid Upon Absorption of Inorganic Iron

  • Inhibition of N-nitroso Compound Formation

  • Biochemical and Neurochemical Functions

  • Role of Ascorbic Acid in Mesenchymal Differentiation

  • Antioxidant Role

  • Immune Function

  • Vitamin C and Cardiovascular Disease

  • Vitamin C Deficiency

  • Dietary Intake

  • Further Reading

  • References