Food Additive Also Known As Vitamin C
About Ascorbic Acid
Ascorbic acid, more commonly known as Vitamin C, is a water-soluble compound, and a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C refers specifically to the L-enantiomer of ascorbic acid, which is essential to human health.
Its molecular formula is composed of six atoms of Carbon compound, eight atoms of Hydrogen, and six atoms of oxygen, C6H8O6.
Although most plants and animals can produce their own ascorbic acid, it cannot be produced by the human body, and therefore must be obtained through diet. In the human body, it plays a role in fighting bacterial infections, in the formation of collagen, and the production of some neurotransmitters. It can also enhance the bioavailability of iron, and may therefore play a role in prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anemia. It is commonly added to foodstuffs, since it can fulfil a multitude of needs, including as a preservative (antioxidant/antimicrobial/pH adjuster), nutritional supplement, and flavoring agent. As a topical skin product, it can be used to reduce melasma (dark spots). Dietary deficiency results in scurvy, which is rare and reversible with supplementation of Vitamin C. Because ascorbic acid is water soluble, it has low toxicity, although excessive dosages may result in acute cases of gastrointestinal discomfort.
Vitamin C is a safe substance incredibly beneficial for the human brain and body in several ways:
- Boost immunity.
- Reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- It’s a good source for tissue repair, wound healing, bone growth and repair.
- Enhance the production of collagen.
- Help to maintain healthy skin.
- Manage the risk of high blood pressure.
- Support the prevention of iron deficiency.
Ascorbic Acid Offerings at Lab Alley
- Ascorbic Acid Powder, USP/Food Grade (FCC), Kosher
Common Uses and Applications
- Food additive
- Flavor stabilizer
- Color stabilizer
- Nutritional supplement
- Skincare product