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Vitamin C exhibits pro-oxidant properties

Nature volume 392, page 559 (09 April 1998) | Download Citation

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Vitamin C is marketed as a dietary supplement, partly because of its ‘antioxidant’ properties. However, we report here that vitamin C administered as a dietary supplement to healthy humans exhibits a pro-oxidant, as well as an antioxidant, effect in vivo.

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  1. Division of Chemical Pathology, CMHT, University of Leicester LE1 9HN, UK e-mail: idp@le.ac.uk

    • Ian D. Podmore
    • , Helen R. Griffiths
    • , Karl E. Herbert
    • , Nalini Mistry
    • , Pratibha Mistry
    •  & Joseph Lunec

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