Vitamin C (L-ascorbate) is a good antioxidant. Because of its water soluble nature it can work both inside and outside the cells to combat free radical damage. It has several applications starting from application in cancer therapeutics to treatment of common cold. Human, primates and guinea pigs can not synthesize this nutrient and must have to take this nutrient with diet. The current review brings together information available about the applications of Vitamin C with emphasis on antioxidant property and application in cancer therapy. The contradicting reports about application of Vitamin C in cancer therapy are also discussed.
Keywords: Vitamin C, L-ascorbate, nutrients, cancer
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