How does vitamin C reduce oxidative stress?

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How does vitamin C reduce oxidative stress?

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answered Apr 24 by Amberwell (16,240 points)
Vitamin C is a chain breaking antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress by halting the propagation of the peroxidative processes and reacts with the membrane bound oxidized vitamin E and so it reduces it back to it's native form.

The vitamin that reduces oxidative stress is vitamin E, Vitamin C and beta Carotene which are known as antioxidant vitamins.

The main cause of oxidative stress is the imbalance between the production and the accumulation of oxygen reactive species in the cells and tissues and the ability of a biological system to detoxify the reactive products.

The symptoms of oxidative stress are sensitivity to nose, headaches, decreased eyesight, gray hair, wrinkles, muscle and or joint pain, memory loss and or brain fog and fatigue.

Oxidative stress occurs when an imbalance exists between free radical formation and the capability of cells to clear them.

For example, an excess of hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite can cause lipid peroxidation, thus damaging cell membranes and lipoproteins.

Oxidative stress is the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in your body that leads to cell damage.

Oxidative stress plays a role in many conditions like cancer, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease.

Toxins such as pollution and cigarette smoke can cause oxidative stress, while foods rich in antioxidants can help reduce it.

You can get rid of oxidative stress by.

Eating a balanced, healthful diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Limiting intake of processed foods, particularly those high in sugars and fats.
Exercising regularly.
Quitting smoking.
And reducing stress.

Oxidative damage in the brain causes nervous system impairment.

Recently, oxidative stress has also been implicated in depression, anxiety disorders and high anxiety levels.

Oxidative stress is also implicated in various human diseases and conditions, such as a neurodegeneration, which is the major symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency, although the underlying disease mechanisms associated with vitamin B12 deficiency are poorly understood.

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