Vitamin C is often recommended to help fight the common cold and heal wounds, but the antioxidant might have another benefit: it appears to help adult cells generate embryonic-like stem cells, new research suggests.
The findings, published online Dec. 24 in the journal Cell Stem Cell, add to previous research that showed how adult cells can be reprogrammed. The problem, researchers explained, is that the process doesn't work very well, HealthDay News reports.
Experts observed Vitamin C accelerated gene expression changes and promoted a more efficient transition to the fully reprogrammed state.
Dr. Pei said: "Our results highlight a simple way to improve iPSC generation and provide additional insight into the mechanistic basis of reprogramming.
"It is also of interest that a vitamin with long-suspected anti-aging effects has such a potent influence on reprogramming, which can be considered a reversal of the aging process at the cellular level.
It is likely that our work may stimulate further research in this area as well", according to The Times of India.