Ascorbic acid is basically Vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient that is contained primarily in vegetables and fruits. This very important nutrient is required by the body to aid in the formation and maintenance of bones, the skin and blood vessels. In addition, the vitamin supports the healing of wounds, abrasions and cuts; assists in fighting against infections; impedes the conversion of tobacco smoke and smog irritants. Additionally, it prevents certain foods from becoming cancer-causing substances, seemingly reduces the risk of developing heart disease and high blood pressure, assists in regulating cholesterol levels, assists in the absorption of iron, prevents scurvy from developing and it seemingly lowers the risk of cataract development. While there are a number of benefits that can be derived from the consumption of this vital nutrient, it is extremely important to note that when it is taken with certain drugs it could cause adverse reactions.