June 5, 2015
Vitamin C is essential for the formation and maintenance of collagen and other structural materials in bones, teeth, and capillaries. A Japanese research group studied the effects of long-term dietary supplementation (20 mg/kg/day or 200 mg/kg/day, for one year) on the thymus, the gland located at the base of the neck that is responsible for the development and differentiation of T-cells – white blood cells key to the immune system. The study authors write that: “These results suggest that a long-term high-dose intake of [vitamin C] is effective in the maintenance of immune cells, partly through the suppression of age-related thymic involution.”
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Diane Silverman R.Ph.
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