Because humans are unable to make vitamin C, our diets must contain an adequate supply in order to maintain healthy blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, bones, and skin. It is also required for the synthesis of carnitine, a molecule that improves mitochondrial function. The antioxidant effects of vitamin C protect tissues and DNA from inflammation and free radical damage. Low vitamin C levels are associated with cardiovascular disease, cataracts, scurvy, poor immune function, and gout.
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