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Discussions with one of my favorite ophthalmic researchers, Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, chief investigator of the Lutein, Antioxidant Supplement Trial (LAST), usually get me ginned up about a particular nutrient and its effect on the eye.

Dr. Richer wrote his doctoral dissertation on Vitamin C. This gives him exceptional expertise on this subject so I listen carefully when he speaks about one of my most favorite vitamins.

Linus Pauling wrote in the foreword of  Dettman, Kalokerinos, and Dettman’s Vitamin C is Nature’s Miraculous Healing Missile, “The juice of lemons and oranges are antiscorbutics never enough to be commended. And, without boasting, I can affirm that I have never observed in my whole practice so many happy effects by any one simple medicine as by lemons.”

Unfortunately, humans do not have the ability to make their own vitamin C like most other mammals. Therefore, we must obtain vitamin C through our diet and from supplements.

Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, the structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. It plays an important role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which is particularly critical to eye and brain function. It is also required for the synthesis of carnitine, the chemical molecule essential for the transport of fat to cellular organelles called mitochondria for conversion to energy.

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