Vitamin C
Fasting Required: Overnight fasting is preferred. (10-12 hours)

Specimen: Blood

Results: 7-10 Business Days

Special Instructions: Patient should refrain from taking vitamin C supplements or fruits 24 hours prior to sample collection

Description: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is one of the most important antioxidants. Blood levels of vitamin C are used to measure nutritional, immune, and cardiovascular status. It's needed for growth, development and repair of all body tissues. Vitamin C deficiency may be caused by malnutrition (scurvy), malabsorption, inflammatory bowel disease, alcoholism, pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, and kidney failure. Smokers have also been shown to have lower levels than non-smokers.

Methodology: Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)

Alternative Name(s): Ascorbic Acid

Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.