Yi Li, B.Sc.
, and Herb E. Schellhorn, Ph.D.
Y. Li is a graduate student and Dr. Schellhorn is Professor, Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Within the past 12 months, Y. Li and H.E. Schellhorn report no conflicts of interest or competing interests.
Estimated time to complete:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited
by the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education to provide continuing medical
education for physicians.
Upon completion of this Cyberounds®
, you should be able to:
- Discuss the genetic cause for vitamin C deficiency in humans and why dietary vitamin C intake levels should be determined on an individual basis
- Discuss the reason why the loss of vitamin C producing-ability might have been beneficial in human evolution
- Identify individuals for whom vitamin C supplementation may pose health risk
- Discuss why vitamin C, especially when taken large quantities, is poorly absorbed and stored by the body
- Describe the relationship between the effective serum concentrations of vitamin C and the therapeutic values of this vitamin in cancer and cardiovascular disease.