I'll try to give a very broad overview of the information here, and I welcome any questions and comments from the readers.
I have seen many studies that claim to show that vitamin C works by stimulating the production of adenosine triphosphate, a natural substance that's important to many health conditions. Adenosine triphosphate is also important to many cancers because it is involved in cell signalling.
What exactly does this "stimulating adenosine triphosphate" thing do? It's the process by which our body converts the energy we take in from food to ATP, the chemical by-product of our muscles. Your body will produce adenosine triphosphate only when we're eating something that contains protein, fat, or sugar. Our bodies can't make adenosine triphosphate at all if our food contains nothing but carbohydrates and fat.
That's why, in most of the literature on supplements, you'll see adenosine triphosphate or ATC as an ingredient. Adenosine triphosphate has nothing to do with supplements at all.
What does it do? You'll see it mentioned in many supplements, but not in any of the scientific literature.
One of the most popular claims that we see in the scientific literature is that the supplement works by "stimulating adenosine triphosphate," but that's really just a fancy way of saying it stimulates your brain to release more adenosine triphosphate.