The Importance of Vitamin C: A Review for Pharmacists

Published Online: Monday, October 24, 2011
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The Importance of Vitamin C: A Review for Pharmacists

Sneha Srivastava, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, Chicago, Illinois

Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient that cannot be synthesized by humans. It is required for the biosynthesis of the collagen that is necessary for the formation of connective tissue, and it increases the absorption of iron. It is an antioxidant that is often marketed for the prevention and treatment of the common cold. This educational offering will focus on the metabolic process and pharmacokinectics of vitamin C; the indications, benefits, and adverse effects of vitamin C; and how recommended values are determined. It will also provide counseling points about vitamin C for pharmacists.

Educational Objectives
Upon completing the program, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the role and benefits of vitamin C in human health.
  • Explain consequences associated with vitamin C deficiency.
  • Apply recommendations of the FDA and Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board regarding vitamin C.
  • Counsel patients appropriately about vitamin C supplementation or use to improve patient health.
Credits: 2.0
Expiration date: October 10, 2014

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