Ascorbic acid. Definition

Medical Definition: ascorbic acid

Nutrient that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy. Ascorbic acid helps fight infection, heal wounds and maintain healthy tissue. It is an antioxidant that helps prevent tissue damage caused by free radicals (highly reactive chemicals). Ascorbic acid is found in all fruits and vegetables, especially strawberries, cantaloupe, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, leafy vegetables and potatoes. It is water soluble (can dissolve in water) and should be taken every day. Ascorbic acid is being studied in the prevention and treatment of some cancers. Also called vitamin C.

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