Sumo Ascorbic Acid is used primarly as an antioxidant, which can provide multiple benefits to food products and beverages. Slowing the oxidation preserves colour and freshness. The low PH of ascorbic acid can help prevent microbial growth, thereby preventing spoilage and preserving freshness. For these reasons, ascorbic acid is a popular natural ingredient preservative. The Vitamin C properties of ascorbic acid make it an excellent ingredient for vitamin supplementation. Simply adding ascorbic acid to food increases the Vitamin C content. Since naturally occurring Vitamin C is easily destroyed, many foods are fortified with ascorbic acid to replenish the Vitamin C content. Ascorbic Acid is often added to fruit juices, dried fruit, cereal and other snack foods for this purpose.