ofonorow wrote:It is the anti-scurvy property (collagen production, etc.) and probably not as much the antioxidant property.
Vitamin C acts as an electron donor for eight different enzymes:
* Three enzymes participate in collagen hydroxylation. These reactions add hydroxyl groups to the amino acids proline or lysine in the collagen molecule via prolyl hydroxylase and lysyl hydroxylase, both requiring vitamin C as a cofactor. Hydroxylation allows the collagen molecule to assume its triple helix structure and making vitamin C essential to the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage.
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