Vitamins

Also known as: Ascorbic acid

Many animals (including cats and dogs) are able to synthesise the Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) they need from normal glucosemetabolism in the liver. Only some primates, guinea pigs and certain birds,bats and reptiles are unable to undertake this process and must obtain ascorbic acid in their diet.

A little background information

The primary role of ascorbic acid is as an antioxidantand free radical scavenger. It is also well known for its role in collagensynthesis and function as a biological catalyst.

Its role in the body

Ascorbic acid is responsible for various vital bodily functions, such as:

  • neutralisation of free radicals (anti-oxidative stress effect): vitamin C permits the regeneration of vitamin E, a powerful natural antioxidant itself;
  • metabolism of iron;
  • selected anti-infection immune reactions.

Natural sources

Fruits, vegetables and organ meats are generally the best sources of ascorbic acid. 

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