The Advantages and Uses of Citric Acid

Citric acid is a natural component that can be found in the human body, as well as in many fruits and vegetables. When present in the body, this chemical goes through the process of being metabolized, degraded, and eliminated. Although it is an acid, it also works as an acidity regulator, and has the ability to actually decrease the level of acidity in body fluids. Additionally, citric acid is one of the main ingredients found in the food and beverage industry because it is healthy, cheap, adds flavor, and can easily be obtained in large quantities. What Citric Acid is Used For:

Preservative: It has been used most frequently, and for hundreds of years, as a preservative for meat. It increases the acidity of the bacterial environment that may develop, making it difficult for the bacteria to survive. Marination: Citric acid breaks down proteins found in meats and makes meat tender and soft. Health: It's good for skin care, skin color, mineral absorption, throat infections, and kidneys. Insecticides: Because citric acid destroys bacteria, fungus, mold, and viruses, it is used in insecticides, fungicides, and disinfectants. Flavoring: Citric acid adds flavor to many foods, drinks and medicines. Alcohol: When citric acid is used in wines, it eliminates low acidity and improves taste. When used in beers, it reduces sugar loss and helps the process of turning sugar into beer.

What Citric Acid Prevents:

Kidney Stones: It prevents the formation of kidney stones and allows the kidneys to function properly. Anti-oxidant: It neutralizes the negative effects of unstable compounds that can build up in the body and lead to cancerous cells. Skin Care: Citric acid helps the regeneration of skin tissue, helps the skin appear more youthful, and keeps skin clear of breakouts. Skin Color: Citric acid prevents the discoloration of skin. Sore Throat: Gargling a combination of citric acid and water will clear infections from the throat and kill bacteria.

At Bell Chem, we serve a wide range of industries by providing them with key ingredients and chemicals essential to their business. Some of the industries we serve include: food and beverage, nutritional, pharmaceutical, water treatments, citrus, and more. Bell Chem and our business partner, Safe Chem, Inc., offers a full line of C-san Sanitation products to the Citrus Processing Industries. Give us a call at 407-339-BELL (2355) to learn more about our chemical products including citric acid.