Vitamin C, which is also known as ascorbic acid and L-absorbic acid, has a hydroxyl group, an ester functional group and an alkene. Although it behaves like an acid with a carboxyl acid group, Vitamin C lacks this group and has a carbonyl double bond instead, which is characteristic of alkene groups.Continue Reading
The hydroxyl group indicates that an OH, or hydroxide, has bonded to a carbon.The carbonyl double bond, two carbons bonded to each other, has an OH bond attached to each end of its two carbons. Last, its ester functional group indicates where two oxygen groups are bonded to a carbon. However, in this case, one of the oxygen molecules is double bonded to one end of the carbon, and the other is single bonded to the opposite end.
According to the diagram of the structure of Vitamin C on the NCBI website, Vitamin C has several hydroxyl groups, which explains Vitamin C’s solubility. Since hydroxyl groups are water soluble, Vitamin C easily dissolves in water. The hydrogen in the OH groups quickly dissociates and bonds to the oxygen molecules in the water.
According to Michigan State University, Vitamin C’s carbonyl double bond also makes it a strong acid because one side of the carbon double bond represents a beta-hydroxy group and the other end represents an alpha-hydroxyl group. Since the alpha hydroxy side acts like a phenol, Vitamin C has a similar acidity. This explains why Vitamin C is quite acidic.Learn more about Chemistry
Vitamin C fights infections and reduces harmful agents in the body, according to Fit Day. This vitamin builds cell walls that protect the body from heart attacks. According to How Stuff Works, vitamin C is helps keep the skin healthy.Full Answer >
Vitamin C is composed of 6 carbon atoms, 8 hydrogen atoms and 6 oxygen atoms. The compound can also be referred to as ascorbic acid, and it is found naturally occurring in several foods, including citrus fruits and other vegetables. Ascorbic acid helps to maintain connective tissues and bones in the body, and it is considered to be an antioxidant, according to the National Institutes of Health.Full Answer >
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Vitamin C injections seem to slow the growth of prostrate, pancreatic, liver and colon cancer cells in animal studies of high-dosage injections, notes the National Cancer Institute. Human studies of vitamin C injections reveal improved quality of life in patients, including reduced nausea, vomiting, pain and appetite loss in addition to increased physical, mental and emotional functions.Full Answer >