What is ascorbic acid?

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Ascorbic acid is another name for vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is necessary for collagen formation, tissue repair and many other processes in the body. It also has antioxidant properties. Insufficient dietary vitamin C may lead to an illness called scurvy, a disorder that involves bleeding problems, delayed wound healing and bone or tooth abnormalities. Someone with a low level of vitamin C can take supplements that are readily available over-the-counter.

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