Vitamin C Day takes place annually on April 4th It was founded in 2003 to inform people and spread knowledge concerning the health benefits of vitamin C which is widely recognized for warding off colds. Vitamin C is also clinically proven to be beneficial in other areas of health, too.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters. It is required for the functioning of several enzymes and is important for immune system function. It also functions as an antioxidant. Evidence does not support its use for the prevention of the common cold. There is, however, some evidence that regular use may shorten the length of colds It is unclear whether supplementation affects the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, or dementia. Although A recent study suggested that people with cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, had lower vitamin C concentrations compared to people with normal cognition.
Vitamin C was discovered in 1912, isolated in 1928, and in 1933, was the first vitamin to be chemically produced. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system. Vitamin C is available as an inexpensive generic and over-the-counter medication. Partly for its discovery, Albert Szent-Györgyi and Walter Norman Haworth were awarded the 1937 Nobel Prizes in Physiology and Medicine and Chemistry, respectively. Foods containing vitamin C include citrus fruits, kiwifruit, guava, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers and strawberries. Prolonged storage or cooking may reduce vitamin C content in food
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for certain animals including humans. The term vitamin C encompasses several vitamers that have vitamin C activity in animals. Ascorbate salts such as sodium ascorbate and calcium ascorbate are used in some dietary supplements. These release ascorbate upon digestion which helps digest food. Vitamin C functions as a cofactor in many enzymatic reactions in animals (and humans) that mediate a variety of essential biological functions,
A deficiency of vitamin C can also cause The disease Scurvy, wherein Collagen by the body becomes too unstable to perform its functions which including wound healing and collagen synthesis. In addition several other enzymes in the body do not operate correctly without Vitamin C.Scurvy is characterized by spots on and bleeding under the skin, spongy gums, ‘corkscrew’ hair growth, and poor wound healing. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant (a reducing agent).
More International and National events happening 4 April
- Victims of Violence Wholly Day takes place annually on 4 April To mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.
- School Librarian Day is celebrated on April 04, 2020. It honors all school librarians who serve young students so well in the local school libraries.
- International carrot day takes place annually on 4 April it was founded 2003 to spread knowledge about the carrot and its health benefits