Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant protecting against dangerous diseases caused by free radicals. It is important for metabolic processes (production of collagen, decomposition of cholesterol) and immunity, promotes wound healing, and helps the body to assimilate iron, remove heavy metals, and avoid certain cardiovascular, eye, and oncological diseases.
It is the vitamin for healthy teeth, gums, bones, cartilage, and blood vessels.
Information on how to prepare for the tests is available HERE
Prior registration is not required, upon arrival, please go straight to reception.
Why it is worth
To be examined at our Centre?
- The laboratory is accredited with the ISO 15189 standard, thus you can be confident that your tests will be performed to the highest quality.
- The results of the tests carried out will be explained to you by our laboratory specialists. This service is only offered by a few laboratories in the country.
- If required, we can perform further tests using the same sample of blood, for up to 7 days after the sampling.
- No danger of damaging or mixing up the test samples due to transportation.
- Tests can be carried out anonymously.
Good to know
Those who smoke, are under constant stress, are at increased risk of infection (e.g. flu epidemic) or suffer from oncologic, renal diseases, diabetes, or hypertension need more vitamin C.
- intumescence, inflammation of gums;
- joint pains;
- dry, red skin;
- pronounced wrinkles;
- dry, breaking nails or hair;
- slowly healing wounds;
- easy bruising;
- fatigue and depression.
- iron deficiency (anaemia).
No more than 2,000 mg of vitamin C should be taken per day.
Symptoms of excess vitamin C:
- stomach ache;
- Your test results will be ready within 20 working days. You can pick them up at the reception or, if you wish, we will email them to you.
- For an explanation of your test results, you should call the laboratory tel. (+370 5) 247 64 17.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Iron test. Vitamin C helps in the assimilation of iron.
The body gets about 90 % of its vitamin C from food. Citrus fruit, berries, parsley, broccoli, tomatoes, cabbages and potatoes are all natural sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is sensitive to high temperatures: when cooking or frying, about 40 % of vitamin C is lost. In order to obtain the required amount of vitamin C, it is recommended to eat more products rich in vitamin C that have not been thermally processed.
It is easier for the human body to assimilate this vitamin from natural foods than from supplements.
The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is as follows:
- for adults – 60 mg;
- pregnant women – 80 mg;
- nursing women – 100 mg;
- babies – 40–50 mg;
- children aged 1–3 – 15 mg;
- children aged 4–8 – 25 mg;
- children aged 9–13 – 45 mg;
- teenagers aged 14–18 m – 65–75 mg.
Studies show that an adequate amount of vitamin C will not protect against colds, however it might mitigate the symptoms of cold-related illnesses.
Contact your family doctor or internist or register to visit a physician specialising in this field at our Centre. For consultation prices please click HERE.