Mineral ascorbates

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Mineral ascorbates are a group of salts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).[1] They are composed of a mineral cation bonded to ascorbate (the anion of ascorbic acid).


Mineral ascorbates are powders manufactured by reacting ascorbic acid with mineral carbonates in aqueous solutions, venting the carbon dioxide, drying the reaction product, and then milling the dried product to the desired particle size.

The choice of the mineral carbonates can be calcium carbonate, potassium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, or many other mineral forms.


Mineral ascorbates are used as dietary supplements and food additives.

Ascorbate salts may be better tolerated by the human body than the corresponding weakly acidic ascorbic acid.

Ascorbates are highly reactive antioxidants used as food preservatives.[2]

Examples of mineral ascorbates are:


  1. ^ "The Many Faces of Vitamin C by Thomas Levy". 
  2. ^ UK Food Standards Agency: "Current EU approved additives and their E Numbers". Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  3. ^ Kang JS, Cho D, Kim YI, Hahm E, Kim YS, Jin SN, Kim HN, Kim D, Hur D, Park H, Hwang YI, Lee WJ (July 2005). "Sodium ascorbate (vitamin C) induces apoptosis in melanoma cells via the down-regulation of transferrin receptor dependent iron uptake". J Cell Physiol 204 (1): 192–7. doi:10.1002/jcp.20286. PMID 15672419. 

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