Vitamin deficiency begins a typical phenomenon for scurvy bleeding: petechiae in the skin, especially on the feet, gums become loosened, becoming bluish tint and a slight friction (food, cleaning) bleeding. Appear aching pain in the muscles, joints, mainly the legs. With the further development of the disease patient's general condition is deteriorating, bleeding gums are covered with sores, their mucous membrane undergoes necrosis, exposed roots of the teeth and the teeth fall out.
There have extensive hemorrhage and skin, muscles, joints become swollen because of the outpouring of blood, and the patient loses the ability to walk. Gradually, more and more abundant hemorrhage fill the cavities of joints, pleura, heart bag, greatly disturbed activity of the heart, kidneys, and with symptoms of extreme exhaustion patient dies. Ascorbic acid is similar in structure and simple carbohydrates. Last is the material from which the plants are built vitamin C. In the industrial synthesis of vitamin C is used as feedstock glucose.
Catalyzed oxidation of ascorbic acid in plants, specific enzyme ascorbate containing in its molecule a protein associated with copper. The very high copper and its compounds are also potent though non-specific catalysts for the oxidation of ascorbic acid.Muscle Building An important role in the oxidation of vitamin C in the animal body where there is no ascorbate plays a copper containing protein ceruloplasmin. Dehydroascorbic acid, which is the first product in a chain reaction collapse of ascorbic acid, is very unstable compound.