Oreste Vittore Brenna1, Federica Di Berardino2 and Maria Stella Cosio1*
1Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DEFENS), University of Milan, Milan, Italy
2Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Audiology Unit, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
*Corresponding Author: Maria Stella Cosio, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DEFENS), University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Received: June 29, 2023; Published: July 11, 2023
Background: The intake of vitamin C in flu syndromes and colds, especially citrus juices, is recommended, due to its antioxidant and immunostimulant properties.
Aim: The acid pH of these juices, as well as their ascorbic acid content, could contribute to the deactivation of viruses responsible for the disease.
Materials: Commercial tablets containing ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate.
Methods: This study monitored the pH in samples of the saliva produced by human adult volunteers after the introduction into their mouth of a tablet of a commercial supplement of ascorbic acid (AA).
Results: The initial saliva pH of volunteers was 6.6 ± 0.4 and a tablet dissolved in 50 mL of distilled water yields a pH of 4.2 ± 0.1.
Conclusion: This work aims to highlight the possible role of vitamin C acidity in common viral illnesses.
Keywords: Acidity; Ascorbic Acid (AA); Sodium Ascorbate (NaAA); Covid-19; Sars-Cov-2
Citation: Maria Stella Cosio., et al. “The Acidity of Ascorbic Acid: An Underestimated Property against Covid-19 and Respiratory Viruses".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 7.8 (2023): 54-56.
Copyright: © 2023 Maria Stella Cosio., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.