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Name: Diane
Status: Educator
Grade:  9-12
Location: IL
Country: United States
Date: July 2008

I have a student who would like some information about vitamin C. What are the key words associated with this topic?

Key words: Ascorbic Acid, water soluble, collagen formation (hydroxylation of amino acids proline and lysine), removal of ammonia, cholesterol metabolism, enhanced absorption or protection of folacin. Deficiency leads to scurvy (takes several months on a " C free diet"). All animals need it, but only primates (humans includes), guinea pigs, fruit bats, and an Indian bird cannot make it so it is required in the diet. Any good nutrition or biochemistry college text will have plenty of information.

Lou Harnisch

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