Vitamin C


This blood test measures Vitamin C levels. Vitamin C is a powerful water-soluble antioxidant that boosts the immune system by offering protection to proteins, carbohydrates, and helps shield DNA from free radical damage. A research study done in the Netherlands showed that people who had a higher intake of Vitamin C and E had a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the synthesis of collagen and neurotransmitters and boosts glutathione levels.

Research has shown that Vitamin C inhibits the progression of atherosclerosis, helps support healthy blood pressure levels and plays a role in protecting vascular walls from damage related to elevated levels of homocysteine. Vitamin C also helps to remove lead from the body. A deficiency in Vitamin C can cause gums to bleed, joint pain, nose bleeds, muscle aches, fatigue, emotional changes, easy bruising and poor wound healing. Low values may occur with malabsorption problems, alcoholism, pregnancy, hyperthyroidism and kidney failure. Smokers have lower levels of Vitamin C than nonsmokers. A deficiency in Vitamin C may inhibit the absorption of Vitamin B12.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.