Ascorbic acid is also known as vitamin C and is denoted by C6H8O6 . It is a natural water-soluble vitamin. Ascorbic acid is called as a potent reducing and antioxidant agent which functions to fight against the bacterial infections helps to detoxify the reactions and helps in the formation of collagen in the fibrous tissues, connective tissues, bones, capillaries, and skin. Ascorbic acid is found mostly in citrus fruits and vegetables. It cannot be produced or stored by humans and should be ingested in the diet. In this article, we will learn about the ascorbic acid information in detail which would mainly include what is ascorbic acid and its physical and chemical properties.
Ascorbic acid also called as vitamin C or ascorbate is a vitamin that is found in several food items and is also taken as a food supplement. It is used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy. Ascorbic acid is a vital nutrient which is involved in the repairing of tissue and the enzymatic production of the neurotransmitters. It is needed for the functioning of several enzymes in the body and is essential for the functioning of the immune system. It also acts as an antioxidant.
Let us now take a look at the ascorbic acid molecule structure.
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Let us look at the physical as well as the chemical properties of ascorbic acid. Take a look at the table given below:
Ascorbic acid chemical formula
Ascorbic acid common name
Vitamin C and ascorbate
Ascorbic acid molecular weight / ascorbic acid molar mass
Density of ascorbic acid
Melting point of ascorbic acid
Boiling point of ascorbic acid
Ascorbic acid is used in several ways. Let us look at each one of them.
It is widely used in the treatment of the disease scurvy
It is used to form the collagen fibres in the connective tissues, fibrous tissues, teeth, and bones.
It helps to fight against bacterial infections
It functions to detoxify the reactions
It is used for the prevention of the transfer of HIV from the expectant mothers to babies
It is also used in the treatment of pimples, acne and gum infection
It is used for the prevention of the gallbladder disease
It is also used for treating the stomach ulcers that are caused by Helicobacter pylori
Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin, and with the dietary excesses that are not absorbed, and the excesses in the blood is rapidly excreted in the urine, it exhibits under these conditions a remarkably low acute toxicity. More than 2 to 3 grams of vitamin C may even cause indigestion, particularly when you take it on an empty stomach. However, taking ascorbic acid in the form of sodium ascorbate or calcium ascorbate may tend to minimize this effect.
Other symptoms that are reported for large doses of vitamin C include nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps. These effects happen due to the osmotic effect of the unabsorbed vitamin C that passes through the intestine. In theory, a higher vitamin C intake may even cause excessive absorption of iron in the body.
1. What is the Formula of Ascorbic Acid?
The formula of ascorbic acid is C6H8O6. The ascorbic acid mass is 176.12 g/mol and its density is 1.694 g/cm3.
2. Can Ascorbic Acid Increase the Acid in the Stomach?
Ascorbic acid has an increased acidity and if you consume it on an empty stomach it can cause several gastrointestinal side effects. Since the ascorbic acid has a very low pH, neutralized vitamin C, also called calcium ascorbate is used for reducing the epigastric effects in the body.
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