Ascorbic acid is an organic acid with antioxidant properties. The L-enantiomer of ascorbic acid is commonly known as vitamin C. In 1937 the Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to Walter Haworth for his work in determining the structure of ascorbic acid, (It was shared with Paul Karrer, who received his award for work on vitamins), and the prize for Physiology or medicine that year went to Albert Szent-Györgyi for his studies of the biological functions of ascorbic acid.

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... ASCORBIC ACID (Vitamin C) is a naturally occurring vitamin found in fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits and green peppers. Ascorbic acid treats scurvy caused by vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms of scurvy include muscle weakness, swollen and bleeding gums, loss of teeth, bleeding under the skin, tiredness, and depression. Ascorbic acid tablets, extended-release capsules, extended-release tablets, and chewable tablets are available, most as generic products. ...
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Ascorbic acid Chemical name 2-oxo-L-threo-hexono-1,4-lactone-2,3-ened ...
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