What illnesses does ascorbic acid treat?

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Ascorbic acid or vitamin C is used to treat an illness called scurvy. This condition, caused by inadequate vitamin C in the diet, is most common in older, malnourished adults. It is rare in the United States because good sources of vitamin C, fresh fruits and vegitables are plentiful here. Symptoms of scurvy include general weakness, anemia and gingivitis (gum disease). Sometimes people with scurvy can have skin hemorrhages (bleeding) and bone or tooth abnormalities.

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