Ascorbic Acid - C6H8O6

What is Ascorbic Acid?

Ascorbic Acid belongs to monosaccharide family and has a chemical formula C6H8O6. It is a vitamin C and should be obtained in the diet as it cannot be produced by humans. It is also known as Vitamin C or L- ascorbic acid. It is present in citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, raw bell pepper, kiwifruit, brussels sprouts etc. It is soluble in water. This organic compound is used as a reducing agent and considered as an oxidant. It is also found in leafy vegetables, potatoes, and tomatoes. It is widely used in treating and preventing the common cold. It is applied to the skin to protect it from sun and pollution. People suffering from depression and Alzheimer’s also take vitamin C.

Properties of Ascorbic Acid – C6H8O6

C6H8O6 Ascorbic Acid
Molecular Weight/ Molar Mass 176.12 g/mol
Density 1.694 g/cm3
Boiling Point 553 °C
Melting Point 190 °C

Ascorbic Acid Structure – C6H8O6

Ascorbic Acid structure

Uses of Ascorbic Acid

  • It is used in the treatment of scurvy
  • It is used in the formation of collagen fibres in connective tissue, fibrous tissue, bones, and teeth
  • It fights against bacterial infections
  • It functions in detoxifying reactions
  • It is used in preventing the transfer of HIV from mothers to babies
  • It is used in the treatment of acne and gum infection
  • It is used to prevent gallbladder disease
  • It is used in the treatment of stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori

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