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Vitamin C levels

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin essential for optimal growth and development. It also plays an important role in tissue repair and in the formation of collagen, the most abundant protein in our body.

In addition, vitamin C plays an antioxidant role, helping to prevent damage caused by free radicals, which cause aging and can participate in diseases such as cancer, heart disease, or arthritis.

Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C dissolve in water, while the remaining amounts are excreted through urine.  We are not able to synthesize it and although our body keeps a small reserve, we must take it regularly to ensure that the supply is adequate.

Like most nutrients, our genes influence how the body absorbs, transports, and utilizes vitamin C. This can influence each individual. This can influence each person's risk of certain diseases differently and can make a difference in the minimum necessary amount of vitamin C that needs to be consumed each day.

The main functions of vitamin C are as follows:

  • Formation of collagen, the fundamental protein of skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
  • Repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
  • Participates in the healing of wounds.
  • Promotes the absorption of iron
  • Antioxidant function

Gene or region studied

  • SLC23A1
  • SLC23A2
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