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Side Effects of Ascorbic acid

03/01/2016 admin

Ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. It is a white solid, but impure samples can appear yellowish. It dissolves well in water to give mildly acidic solutions. Ascorbic acid is one form ("vitamer") of vitamin C. Because it is derived from glucose, many non-human animals are able to produce it, but humans require it as part of their nutrition. Other vertebrates which lack the ability to produce ascorbic acid include some primates, guinea pigs, teleost fishes, bats, and some birds, all of which require it as a dietary micronutrient (that is, in vitamin form).

 

General Side Effects

No significant side effects reported.

 

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Official Suggested Dosage

ADI: NOT SPECIFIED (Acceptable Daily Intake)

MTDI: None (Maximum Tolerable Daily Intake)

Data Source: JECFA Database of WHO

 

Ascorbic Acid is widely known as safe, there is no limit on dosage of intake. There is no proof showing that acquiring Ascorbic Acid will do any harm to special groups, including newborns, children, pregnant, and other applicable vulnerable groups. It should be safe to use Ascorbic Acid in food and beverages as a food additive without any side effects. However, we still recommend consumers to consult food ingredient experts before using large quantity of Ascorbic Acid for a long period of time. There may be some side effects in large dosage.

 

GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) Substances

Yes. Ascorbic Acid is on FDA’s GRAS exemption list, it’s widely accepted and used as a safe food ingredient in many countries.

 

Sources and Related Researches:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascorbic_acid

http://apps.who.int/food-additives-contaminants-jecfa-database/chemical.aspx?chemID=59

http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/54670067

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=862.1095