Facts: Ascorbic acid is highly reactive, and the most powerful and fast acting form of vitamin C. In humans, ascorbic acid is fast acting when taken orally because the ascorbic acid can be absorbed through the stomach lining directly into the blood stream. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body doesn’t store it. We get what we need, instead, from food. You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is essential for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. Benefits: Boosting immune system function Maintaining healthy gums Improving vision. Treating allergy-related conditions, such as asthma, eczema, and hay fever (called allergic rhinitis) Reducing effects of sun exposure, such as sunburn or redness (called erythema) Alleviating dry mouth, particularly from antidepressant medications (a common side effect from these drugs) Healing burns and wounds, Decreasing blood sugar, Decrease total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides Protects against heart disease.