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Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

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One of the most potent antioxidants, vitamin C, is essential for the health of each individual's body. It has been discovered that a shortage of vitamin C frequently causes several harmful problems. So, in many situations, it becomes essential for doctors to be aware of the current Vitamin C level in a particular patient. Doctors will advise a patient to have a Vitamin C (Active) test. The only objective of the test is to quantify the amount of Vitamin C that is present in a blood sample. The test is also conducted throughout or following the treatment for vitamin C insufficiency.

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Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants which plays a critical role in. the
body of every particular individual. It has been found that the lack of vitamin C can
often lead to several adverse complications. In many circumstances, it becomes
reasonably necessary for doctors to know about the current Vitamin C level present
in a particular patient. Doctors recommend Vitamin C (Active) tests to a patient in
such a situation. The testโ€™s sole purpose is to measure the level of Vitamin C in a
blood sample.

`Vitamin C (Active) test provides the doctor with a clear idea about the level of
vitamin C in a blood sample. It helps in the treatment of many dermatological
therapies and is also one of the basic steps for the treatment of photoaging. The

average vitamin C (Active) value is around 0.6 - 2 mg/dl, irrespective of age and
gender. This, in turn, helps the doctors to get a clear conception of many disorders
that may develop with time due to the deficiency in vitamin C

The Vitamin C test measures the levels of Vitamin C in the blood. Vitamin C is also
known as Ascorbic acid. Some signs that might call for a Vitamin C
test are as follows:
The test may be ordered if the presence of scurvy is suspected. The signs and
symptoms of which include:

  • Bleeding gums with gingival infections and inflammations
  • Loss of teeth
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Joint pain
  • Weight loss
  • Dry mouth and dry eyes

Individuals who belong the high risk of developing vitamin C deficiency include:

  • Elderly people
  • Alcoholics
  • Malnourished individuals
  • People suffering from anorexia nervosa, diabetes, AIDS, Crohn's disease,
    celiac disease, iron overload disorders, mental disorders and thyrotoxicosis
  • Lactating mothers
  • Pregnant women
  • Smokers
  • People receiving dialysis treatment

Vitamin C test helps detect Vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C is required for critical
bodily processes, and Vitamin C deficiency could indicate various underlying
conditions. It is essential to get a Vitamin C test done when you experience common
deficiency symptoms.

Although the Vitamin C test is not a routine test, Your doctor might recommend a
Vitamin C test to evaluate the vitamin levels and start treatment if any deficiency-
related symptoms exist.

The test is mainly done by following the active method on a given blood sample. The
patients are always advised to wear half-sleeves so that the lab officials can quickly
obtain the blood sample. The area from where it is to be obtained is cleaned using

an alcohol or spirit pad. The syringe needle is then pushed through the veins
(preferably in the arms) to collect the sample. The sample is then stored in a glass
container with the patient's name written on the label. It is then sent to the laboratory
for further investigation. However, due to the home sample collection, the Vitamin B6
test cost will increase. Therefore, if a diagnostic centre is nearby, it is better to visit it
for a Vitamin C test.

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