Title: Plant L-ascorbic acid: chemistry, function, metabolism, bioavailability and effects of processing
Authors: Davey, Mark ×
Van Montagu, M
Inze, D
Sanmartin, M
Kanellis, A
Smirnoff, N
Benzie, IJJ
Strain, JJ
Favell, D
Fletcher, J #
Issue Date: May-2000
Publisher: John wiley & sons ltd
Series Title: Journal of the science of food and agriculture vol:80 issue:7 pages:825-860
Abstract: Humans are unable to synthesise L-ascorbic acid (L-AA, ascorbate, vitamin C), and are thus entirely dependent upon dietary sources to meet needs. In both plant and animal metabolism, the biological functions of L-ascorbic acid are centred around the antioxidant properties of this molecule. Considerable evidence has been accruing in the last two decades of the importance of L-AA in protecting not only the plant from oxidative stress, but also mammals from various chronic diseases that have their origins in oxidative stress. Evidence suggests that the plasma levels of L-AA in large sections of the population are sub-optimal for the health protective effects of this vitamin.
ISSN: 0022-5142
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Crop Biotechnics
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