Vitamin-induced intracellular electrons are the mechanism for their well-known beneficial effects: a review.
Nutrition. 2013 Apr ;29(4):597-604. Epub 2013 Jan 8. PMID: 23306138
A new conception of the action mechanisms of vitamins and some other compounds without a vitamin status is briefly presented. It is based on results obtained through pulse radiolysis, molecular radiation biological investigations, and in vitro studies. The data clearly show that antioxidant vitamins (C, E, β-carotene) and B vitamins and related compounds possess the capability to emit"solvated electrons"in aqueous solutions or polar media. In consequence, the well-known vitamin effects are attributed to the action of the emitted solvated electrons and the resulting vitamin free radicals rather than the vitamin molecules per se, as generally accepted.