Vitamin C is important for your brain

Scientists already know that some of the earliest symptoms of pronounced lack of vitamin C (starting scurvy) are fatigue, mood swings and depression, which is precisely related to the brain and its function. In a new article in the Danish scientific journal Aktuel Naturvidenskab (no. 4, 2016) researchers elaborate on vitamin C's functions in the brain.

Exciting experiment with guinea pigs

Danish researchers have conducted an experiment with young guinea pigs that have been exposed to vitamin C deficiency for two months. In humans, this corresponds to the period from child to teenager.

The researchers observed that the animals due to lack of vitamin had a reduced ability to remember and to orient themselves in a labyrinth.

Depending on the vitamin C from the diet

Although there are big differences in guinea pigs and humans, however, they have one thing in common: none of them are able to produce vitamin C in their body.

Virtually all mammals produces vitamin C in the body, but few species (including humans and guinea pigs) have to be fed the vitamin from the diet. For this reason, the results of research on vitamin C deficiency in guinea pigs will apply to humans. Already at birth guinea pigs are quite developed; therefore, the influence of vitamin C deficiency in the brain of the guinea pigs during pregnancy can easily be studied in this species.

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