The Science Of Vitamin C – RNZ

Photo: University of Otago

Radio New Zealand’s science show has explored the ins and outs of vitamin C. They interviewed New Zealand experts including Professor Margreet Vissers, who captured its pivotal role in our health:

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, which helps counteract the effects of damaging free radicals. In the 1960s researchers discovered that vitamin C plays a key role in the collagen enzyme; collagen is a key component of our skin.

Since then it has been found to be an important co-factor in 70-80 other key enzyme processes. “These enzymes all have different functions,” says Margreet, “and they cover a whole raft of biological activities, from the growth of blood vessels through to the regulation of our genetic code. Vitamin C is at the hub of almost every biological function that we know.”

Read the associated article or listen to the RNZ show.