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Vitamin C, mainly famous for its antioxidant potential (like vitamin E), nevertheless participates in hundreds of processes in the body. One of its main functions is its criticality in the production of collagen, a protein essential for the formation of connective tissue in the skin, ligaments and bones. Chemically speaking, its designation is L-ascorbic acid (name which comes from its proven importance in the fight against scurvy -scrobut in French-, directly linked to collagen depletion at a time when long sea voyages associated with an absence of fruits and vegetables, perishable foodstuffs, caused dental and bone defects). It is also an enzymatic cofactor involved in many physiological reactions, plays a role in the synthesis of red blood cells, contributes to the immune system and is important in iron metabolism, for example.