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Ascorbic acid

Ascorbic acid comes from the New Latin 'scorbutus' meaning scurvy, a disease that leads to lost teeth, bad gums, and bleeding into the skin. Ascorbic means anti-scurvy. Scurvy was a particular problem to early mariners: entire crews on three-year round-the-world voyages could fall to scurvy for lack of fresh foods. Lemons and limes are usually given credit for solving the problem in the British Navy, but actually it was cole-slaw that enabled the fleet to sail the world. We now know ascorbic acid as the water-soluble antioxidant Vitamin C.


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