Friday, March 12, 2021

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic and L-dehydroascorbic acids) content in banana

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is the most important vitamin in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is a group of analogues of ascorbic acid, highly soluble in water. Most plants and animals synthesize it for their own requirement but the human body is unable to synthesize vitamin C due to lack of an enzyme gulonolactoneoxidase. Banana is vitamin rich contains of vitamin C (10-20 mg/100g).

This vitamin plays important roles in various metabolic processes in human body from acting as co-substrate for many enzymes, maintenance of redox to neurophysiological functions, including collagen synthesis, wound healing and many positive effects on chronic degenerative diseases.

It functions in absorption of inorganic iron, reduction of plasma cholesterol level, inhibition of nitrosoamine formation, enhancement of the immune system, and reaction with singlet oxygen and other free radicals.

Nutrient values of 100 g edible portion of banana is adequate to fulfill the carbohydrates and vitamin C daily values for babies aged one to three years old whereas for adults need more quantities. About 300 g of bananas are needed to fulfill vitamin C for female adults per day whereas male adults need 400 g.
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic and L-dehydroascorbic acids) content in banana

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