Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2019)
Effect of vitamin “C” supplementation on lipid profile composition
Author(s): Dr. Seema Mishra
Abstract: Throughout the twenty first century the health science focused primarily on curing diseases with powerful drugs, more sophisticated diagnostic tests and more effective therapies. Today the emphasis is on health expectancy rather that life expectancy. Coronary heart disease is becoming prominent cause of morbidity in India. Diet plays a very important role in increasing the blood lipids. Patients can improve lipid levels and decrease the rate of cardiovascular events by adding specific foods to their diets like fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidant vitamins like E, C, and caretenoids. Vitamin c is proved to be a potent antioxidant, protecting lipids in plasma against oxidation. Its stock as a preventive agent against heart disease has been proved in many studies. University of Southern California researchers presented a study showing that taking of 500mg of Vitamin c daily hastened the thickening of the walls of arteries. British researchers published a provocative study in Nature few years ago suggesting that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and reduces the rate of harmful oxidation of serum lipids. This is proved miraculous power of Vitamin C. There is no ailment that this wonder Vitamin could not cure. Ascorbic Acid (AA) is a simple sugar. It is more active reducing agent known to occur naturally in living tissues, it is easily and reversibly oxidized to dehydro-Ascorbic Acid (DHA). Both forms are physiologically active. The reduced form of Ascorbic Acid (l-AA) predominates in the plasma and also apparently in tissues at a ratio of about 15:1 of the oxidized form (Engstom&DeLuca,2000).ThepresentstudyfoundasignificantcorrectiveeffectofthisvitaminontotalserumLipidProfile.