Ascorbic acid is a powerful antioxidant. It is particularly important for protecting lipids and fat-soluble vitamins from the damage caused by free radicals, the oxidative byproducts of cellular metabolism. Ascorbic acid also has a role in detoxification and helps to prevent the formation of certain carcinogenic products.
In addition to its roles as a powerful antioxidant, detoxifying agent, and cellular protector, vitamin C also has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system through its influence on elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels by promoting collagen production and healthy blood vessels.
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