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Overview Brief

The Vitamin C test is done to check the levels of Vitamin C in one’s blood.

What is Vitamin C?

Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is one of the most essential Vitamins that are rich in antioxidants. It can be found in orange, grapefruit, kiwi, and other citrus fruits.

Vitamin C not only acts as an antioxidant but also protects the body from free radicals, a compound formed when the body converts food into energy. It also helps in creating a protein known as collagen, which helps in healing wounds.

Vitamin C is capable of improving the immune system of the body and protects it against any cardiovascular diseases. It has a major contribution to slowing down the aging process of the body.

Why is Vitamin C test suggested?

The Vitamin C test is done to check the following things:

  • Levels of Vitamin C in one’s blood
  • Anemia (low levels of blood)
  • Poor immunity
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Slow wound healing
  • Scurvy [1]

How is Vitamin C test performed?

The Vitamin C test is performed in the following way:

  • Blood is drawn with a needle from the patient’s arm.
  • It is collected in a test tube and further tested.

The Vitamin C test takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

What are the parameters measured in the Vitamin C test?

The ideal values in a Vitamin C test are 0.6-2 mg/dl for people of all genders and age groups. [2]

Preparation for Vitamin C test

There’s no specific preparation required by the patient for their Vitamin C test but they must inform the pathologist of any Vitamin medication that they’re taking.

Post-care after Vitamin C test

One can continue their normal activities after the Vitamin C test. [3]

Sample types in Vitamin C

One’s blood sample is taken in a Vitamin C test.

Side effects/risks of Vitamin C test

The risks involved with Vitamin C test are:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Fainting
  • Light-headedness

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