Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic acid, as an integral component of Vitamin C, is an excellent antioxidant. The nutritional ingredient supplier, Bell Chem, stocks ascorbic acid for use in several industries, including food, reagent, nutrition, personal care, and as a USP ingredient.  

  • Vitamin C contains ascorbic acid along with several other trace minerals and compounds that work together to keep the body healthy. Within the vitamin, ascorbic acid acts as the antioxidant portion, enabling the function of the vitamin to occur in the presence of oxygen. Because oxygen is detrimental to many functions in the body, ascorbic acid, acting as an antioxidant, protects the functions by staving off oxygen.

  • Along with countering bacteria in the human body, ascorbic acid also acts as a building block for collagen. Collagen is an abundant protein that offers structural support to bones, tissue, skin, teeth, and tiny capillaries as it aids in healing wounds. 

  • Ascorbic acid binds with heavy metals in the body, safely eliminating them.

  • Excess heat and boiling water break Vitamin C apart and diminish its activities. The protective nature of ascorbic acid replenishes the lost Vitamin C content.

  • The tangy flavor of ascorbic acid is what we associate with citrus drinks. Ascorbic acid is often added to fruit juices, dried fruit, candied fruit, and fruit juices as a flavor enhancer. 

  • Because ascorbic acid has a low pH, it is often an ingredient in foods with short shelf lives, such as breads and pastries, jams and jellies, and cured meats and cold cuts. Microorganisms generally do not thrive in low pH conditions, so ascorbic acid preserves foods from spoiling while it retains the original color of the food.

  • Used in photography as a developing agent, ascorbic acid is environmentally friendly and produces negatives with sharp, fine-grain, high-image quality.

  • The acidic properties of ascorbic acid catalyze chemical reactions during the manufacture of plastic.

  • Water treatment plants add ascorbic acid to sterilized potable water to eliminate the taste of iodine.

  • Researchers have found ascorbic acid enhances the ability of microscopic cells to fluoresce, making it simpler for scientists studying the behavior of cells to delve deeper into the microscopic world of cells.

Bell Chem is the nutritional ingredient supplier based in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando) with hundreds of products — such as ascorbic acid — stocked in their 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff personalize all your needs by either calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or by sending us an online message.


Foaming Cleaners

Spraying a surface with a clear detergent generally cleans the area, so why would manufacturers go through additional steps to create a product that foams as it cleans? Is it purely for aesthetics? Bell Chem, the sanitation chemical supplier, answers these questions and more with our information on foaming cleaners.

Flat Surfaces

Foam is a mass of individual bubbles with added cleaning detergents or degreasers. When applied to a flat surface, these bubbles pile up like melted ice cream. Does it matter how thick the bubbles are? Not at all. As a matter of fact, foam on a flat surface is generally unnecessary unless the intent is to thoroughly coat a surface and know precisely that every point is covered with cleaner. In this respect, foam is ideal since the dimensions make it simple to determine if an area was or was not sprayed. 

Machinery

In a bulky piece of machinery, nooks and crannies often need a cleaning substance that adheres for an extended stretch of time as it breaks down oil and grime. This job is tackled more rapidly and precisely with a foam cleaner. If you spray a traditional cleaner on a vertical surface and a foam cleaner next to it, you will note the traditional cleaner quickly runs down the surface with very little contact time. Foam has the ability to hold its position much longer, allowing the detergents and degreasers time to break through grime and oil to thoroughly clean surfaces. Tight spaces and gears are other areas where foam is an ideal cleaner. 

Versatility 

Foam cleaners are now used in several diverse manufacturing areas, such as meat and poultry plants, food and beverage processing plants, breweries, and restaurants. Difficult cleaning projects, such as environmental cleaning, heavy equipment cleaning, and vertical surface cleaning are more easily handled with foam cleaners.

Bell Chem is a sanitation chemical supplier based in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando) with hundreds of products, such as foam cleaners, stocked in their 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff personalize all your needs by either calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or by sending us an online message.

Zinc Oxide

Watch any summer movie from the 1980s and you will see zinc oxide’s starring role as it coats the noses of lifeguards. This inorganic mineral was traditionally found as an insoluble white powder derived from zincite, a mineral found in the earth’s crust. Today’s commercial use of zinc oxide is synthetic, but the properties remain virtually unchanged. Learn how personal care raw materials supplier Bell Chem’s zinc oxide has enhanced many aspects of your life without your knowledge.

Rubber
More than half of all zinc oxide manufactured is used in the vulcanization of rubber. From shoe soles to hockey pucks, the addition of zinc oxide allows rubber to be supple and strong.

Medical
Zinc oxide’s role in the manufacture of rubber has uses in medical fields as well. Surgical tape contains zinc oxide since it extends shelf life, resists extreme levels of heat, bonds strongly, peels off easily, and reduces bandage stress.

Personal Care
Mothers treat their babies’ diaper rashes with zinc oxide. Zinc oxide absorbs UV rays that cause sunburn and aids in the healing of burns as well as extremely chapped skin. The simple salts of zinc act as an astringent and skin conditioner in creams. More complex zinc salts have antifungal properties used in deodorants, dandruff shampoos, and soaps.

Automotive
The automotive industry has determined that zinc oxide, when reacting with organic phosphates, reduces oxidative corrosion when added to engine oil, extreme pressure lubricants, and seizure resistant lubricants. 

Solar Cells
In copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells, zinc oxide acts as a buffer layer with high electron mobility and excitation binding energy. 

Paint
Paint manufacturers include zinc oxide as a paint ingredient because it gives better coating to hide blemishes, brushes on a whiter finish without fading, and tints other colors more thoroughly. The anti-corrosive aspect of zinc oxide has led to the development of zinc chromate primers for use on metal surfaces, especially galvanized iron. Steel used in dams and other underwater areas is protected with zinc oxide.

Pharmaceutical
The antibacterial properties of zinc oxide give it the ability to act as a deodorant since the by-products of bacterial growth is what we associate with body odor. Therefore, zinc oxide is added to creams and powders for topical application. 

Bell Chem is a personal care raw materials supplier based in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando) with hundreds of products stocked in their 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff personalize all your needs by either calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or by sending us an online message.


Uses of Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid has a longstanding tradition as an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. This white, crystalline solid is a derivative of the biosynthesis of the amino acid phenylalanine. Tampa ingredient supplier Bell Chem’s pure salicylic acid is a primary component of several cosmetic, personal care, and skin care products. As an acid, salicylic acid forms oxidation reactions. The cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries find salicylic acid ideal because of its antioxidant abilities.

Pain Relief 
Aspirin’s basic raw material is acetylsalicylic acid, which is derived from salicylic acid. Aspirin’s main features of being anti-inflammatory and relieving pain are due to salicylic acid.

Personal Care
Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in many acne treatment medications. As a keratolytic (a product removing the skin’s outermost epidermal layer), salicylic acid peels away blemishes, acne, warts, calluses, and corns, leaving skin smoother and with fewer blemishes. It is also used topically to treat dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrhea. Because many skin conditions are due to microbial growth, salicylic acid deters bacterial and fungal growth. Meanwhile, salicylic acid’s low pH makes it an excellent utilizer in the perfume industry.

Food Preservation
The antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties of salicylic acid gives it a role in food preservation enabling a lengthier shelf life. 

Photosynthesis 
Many processes of organic synthesis use salicylic acid as a catalyst. This function causes it to be ideal for stimulating plant growth and development along with photosynthesis and transpiration. When utilized during organic dying processes, salicylic acid acts as a photosynthesizer. In azo dyes, the addition of salicylic acid creates a bold, red dye due to an electrochemical response.

Bell Chem is the Tampa ingredient supplier based in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando) with hundreds of products stocked in their 50,000+ square-foot warehouse, including versatile salicylic acid. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff personalize all your needs by either calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or by sending us an online message. To learn more about the chemicals we offer, read our blog.


Everyday Chemicals: Acetic Acid

Most people recognize acetic acid as the main component of vinegar, with five percent to 20 percent acetic acid per volume. Undiluted, this product is known as glacial acetic acid. Bell Chem ensures a constant supply of acetic acid is available for our customers and can help you learn more about this everyday chemical. 

In Medicine
Research from the National Institute of Health Research noted that a one percent dilution of acetic acid applied to burn wounds inhibits pathogenic growth and deters Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and biofilm formation. Acetic acid’s antimicrobial properties make it ideal for treating outer ear infections. In fact, the World Health Organization has listed acetic acid as one of the world’s essential medicines. Meanwhile, in physiotherapy, acetic acid acts as a carrier in the process of iontophoresis, in which medicine is delivered via the surface of the skin. Bypassing needles by administering medication through the porous skin is non-invasive and well received.

In the Household
The recent push for organic and eco-friendly household cleaners has led to an upswing in the use of acetic acid — generally in the form of vinegar — as an antibacterial, anti-fungal, and overall antibiotic cleaner of everything from windows to hard surfaces. Additionally, most paints and adhesives are composed of vinyl acetate, a chemical compound consisting of acetic acid, ethylene, and oxygen along with a catalyst. 

In Science
Meanwhile, in biochemical laboratories, acetic acid is bound to coenzyme A to act as a carbohydrate and fat metabolizer. Its properties cause it to easily mix with chloroform, hexane, water, and other liquids. Organic compounds recrystallize when acetic acid is used as a solvent.

The vast array of functions performed by acetic acid prove it is a positive addition for almost every industry. Bell Chem is based in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando) with hundreds of products stocked in their 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff personalize all your needs by either calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or by sending us an online message.