Ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C, is a powerful antioxidant which supports the immune system and the production of collagen.
Ascorbic acid functions as both a coenzyme and cofactor. The body requires ascorbic acid to synthesize L-carnitine, which is vital in the transport of energy to mitochondria, and to produce dopamine in the nervous system and adrenal glands. Ascorbic acid is required for collagen synthesis and plays a structural role in bone, cartilage and teeth. Ascorbic acid, together as sodium, potassium, and calcium salts, are typically used as antioxidant food additives. Commercial vitamin C is often a combination of ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate and/or other ascorbates.
Supplementation with ascorbic acid may help support healthy connective tissue and metabolism.
- Review by Caroline