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According to a recent research published in the online version of Cell Stem Cell, vitamin C has shown promise in slowing down the ageing process by facilitating output of embryonic-like stem cells from adult cells.

By turning on a select set of genes, adult cells can be reprogrammed into cells with features similar to embryonic stem cells. Researchers found that adding vitamin C to reprogrammed cells (called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)) enhanced iPSC generation from both mouse and human cells. Vitamin C accelerated gene expression changes and promoted a more efficient transition to the fully reprogrammed state.

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that is abundant in citrus fruits. Vitamin C`s powerful antioxidant properties may be the reason why it assists in cell reprogramming; in fact its potent influence on cell reprogramming may be considered a step towards the reversal of the aging process, at the cellular level.

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