The seven key roles of vitamin C in sepsis:

1. Vitamin C is a free radical scavenger. It helps reduce oxidation of cellular parts, enzymes, and proteins.
2. It is an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is decreased by reducing histamine release and other inflammation pathways.
3. Vitamin C supports the microcirculation, helping to preserve the structure of the vascular system.
4. It supports immune function. It supports the lymphatic system and the blood cells that help with immune defenses.
5. Vitamin C is an anti-thrombotic. By decreasing the activation of platelets and the tissue factors in the clotting reaction, vitamin C helps decrease clot formation.
6. It helps produce the hormones epinephrine, dopamine, and vasopressin, which support the cardiovascular system. It acts as a co-factor in the synthesis of these hormones.
7. Vitamin C helps promote wound healing. New tissue growth is stimulated by vitamin C.