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Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat

The new sensor (top).

A new wearable sensor monitors vitamin C levels in perspiration.

Credit: University of California, San Diego

A new wearable sensor monitors vitamin C levels in perspiration, which could offer a highly personalized option for users to track daily nutritional consumption and dietary compliance.

The wearable is an adhesive patch that includes a system to stimulate sweating, and an electrode sensor to rapidly detect vitamin C concentrations.

The flexible electrodes contain the enzyme ascorbate oxidase, which converts vitamin C to dehydroascorbic acid; the resulting rise of oxygen triggers a current that the device measures. UCSD's Juliane Sempionatto said, "Ultimately, this sort of device would be valuable for supporting behavioral changes around diet and nutrition."

From UC San Diego News Center
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