Ascorbic acid is the chemical term for vitamin C. The name, ascorbic acid, is derived from the disease (meaning no) and scorbutus (scurvy), caused by a vitamin C deficiency.
Ascorbic Acid belongs to monosaccharide family and has a chemical formula C6H8O6. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a key vitamin to animals and plants. It is present in citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, raw bell pepper, kiwifruit, brussels sprouts, leafy vegetables, potatoes, and tomatoes etc. It is soluble in water.
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. The body requires ascorbic acid to shape and hold the bones, blood vessels and skin.
Structure of ascorbic Acid