Immunomodulatory and antimicrobial effects of vitamin C. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Immunomodulatory and Antimicrobial Effects of Vitamin C.
Eur J Microbiol Immunol (Bp). 2019 Oct 3 ;9(3):73-79. Epub 2019 Aug 16. PMID: 31662885
Humans have lost their vitamin C-synthesizing capacities during evolution. Therefore, the uptake of this essential compound from external sources is mandatory in order to prevent vitamin C-deficient conditions resulting in severe morbidities such as scurvy. The potent antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and antiinfectious effects of vitamin C are known since the 1930s. We here (i) review the impact of vitamin C on innate and adaptive immune functions, (ii) provide an overview of its antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal properties, and finally, (iii) discuss vitamin C as an adjunct treatment option for the combat of human infections by bacteria, particularly by emerging multidrug-resistant species.