Why is Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) important to our cells?
Ascorbic acid is a nutrient that is synthesized within the bodies of dogs and cats and plays a critical role in the function of many different cellular activities. When administered intravenously, ascorbic acid becomes much more bioavailable, or accessible, to be utilized by the cells within the body. Intravenous ascorbic acid is well tolerated at doses over 100 times what can be administered orally, as these high doses would cause vomiting or diarrhea if administered by mouth.
Ascorbic acid has been studied for various roles in different cellular processes and activities. Some of these reported roles include;
- Selectively damaging cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact
- Improved collagen synthesis, wound healing, periodontal disease and bone repair
- Antioxidant activity deep within the mitochondria (energy powerhouses) of cells
- Interactions with many other vitamins and minerals within the cells to distribute iron, Vitamin D, B vitamins and carnitine
- Inhibitor and detoxifier of nitrosamines; known potent carcinogens
- Inhibitor of glucocorticoid (steroid) synthesis from the adrenal gland
- Improved reproductive function through collagen synthesis and role in hormone production
- Protects from free radicals
- Counteracts oxidative stress in skin cells (keratinocytes)
- Stimulates the immune systems through the phagocytic (destroying) activity of white blood cells