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Live Long! Drink Acid!!

Updated on October 8, 2015

Which Types of Acids can be Consumed?

Can we drink acid?
Of course, we can drink certain acids, depending upon the type of acid.

Acids like: sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, etc. are really harmful to our body, hence can not be consumed at all, even in small quantities or in diluted form.

However, there are some other acids like: ascorbic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, folic acid, pantothenic acid, nicotinic acid, several essential amino acids, etc.; which are not only safe to human body but are vital necessity of human body!

Such acids must be taken appropriately (through their natural sources), to protect ourselves from some diseases.

Be Cautious Before Drinking any Acid.

Please note:

(1) Consuming any one of the above said acids, in it’s 100 % pure form(i.e. synthetic form-as a pure chemical), is neither beneficial nor recommended here.

(2) This is an honest effort made with good faith to provide proper knowledge regarding some acids which are beneficial to our health.

(3) It is recommended to consume only some natural food items(fruit/vegetable etc.) containing these acids, and that too in a disciplinary way!

(4) Instead of consuming fruit or vegetable directly, if you like to consume them in the form of their juice or milk-shake, please prepare them at home, as far as possible. Commercially available juices and other such items are questionable regarding their quality.

Know the First Acid you Need to Consume Regularly: Ascorbic Acid in the form of Orange Juice.

"Ascorbic acid" is the scientific name of Vitamin-C.

In pure form it is a colorless solid, readily soluble in water. It is sour in taste. Its primary function in our body is to strengthen the connective tissues.

Structure of Ascorbic Acid


Natural Sources of Vitamin-C

How to provide the necessary amount of vitamin-C to our body?

Almost all citrus fruits are rich in vitamin-C. Hence, by consuming citrus fruits in their natural form or by drinking juices like orange juice or pineapple juice, we can achieve it!

Further, using a mixer or blender, fruits like pineapple can be blended with milk to get, “Pineapple milkshake”. Other natural sources are: Indian Gooseberry, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Green Peas, Tomato, Lemon etc.

The table given below provides information regarding vitamin-C content in various fruits and vegetables.

Content of Vitamin-C in Various Fruits and Vegetables

Name of edible item
Milligram of vitamin-C
Indian Goose-berry
600 mg
030 mg
039 mg
031 mg
063 mg
032 mg
049 mg
057 mg
124 mg
028 mg
135 mg
Bitter Gourd
088 mg
027 mg
Table shows approximate values of Vitamin-C content in 100 grams of various food items.

Preparation of Pineapple Juice

Preparation of Pineapple Milkshake

Some Commercial Products of Vitamin-C, Available in the Market

  • Several pharmaceutical companies are also marketing the tablets of synthetic vitamin-C, which can be used only after consulting your doctor.
  • Some Ayurvedic Companies prepare & sell, Chyavanprash, which is a health tonic rich in vitamin-C.

These are the Benefits of Vitamin-C.

How, Vitamin-C Helps To Improve Our Health?

(1) As, it’s function is to strengthen the connective tissues of our body, It prevents a
disease that causes “bleeding of gums” also called, “Scurvy”.

(2) It provides resistant power to our body, which helps fighting against diseases. This
reduces the risk of infection and helps speedy recovery from diseases.

(3) It also functions as an, "antioxidant", which helps destroying free radicals within the
body. This reduces toxic substances in our body.

(4) It helps maintaining healthy skin.

(5) It helps “cuts & abrasions” to heal quickly.

Tips on how to Gain Maximum Benefits of Vitamin-C.

Following care should be taken while consuming Vitamin-C:

  • As it is readily soluble in water, do not wash the citrus fruits & vegetables after cutting them. This will result in loss of vitamin-C content.
  • As it readily decomposes by heat & light, protect citrus fruits from these two factors. (a). Keep them in refrigerator. (b). Avoid cooking them as far as possible. (c). Use only freshly prepared fruit juice and shake. (d). In case of storage of juice, fill the juice in a dark colored bottle and keep it in the refrigerator.
  • As, “Excess Of Each And Every Thing Is Poison”, avoid overdose-just a single glass of orange or pineapple juice is enough for a day! Have patience, building health is a time taking process.
  • As our body can't store vitamin-C, form a habit to take it regularly. This will ensure the appropriate level of vitamin-C in the body.

Indian Gooseberry: the Richest Source of Vitamin-C


Can you identify the Food having highest vitamin-C Content?

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Know the Second Acid you need to Consume Regularly-Lactic Acid in the form of Buttermilk

Scientific name of lactic acid is, “2-Hydroxypropanoic acid“.

In pure form, it is thick liquid with sour taste.

It is manufactured by fermentation of lactose.

Commercially, it is also used in dyeing & tanning industries.

Structure of Lactic Acid


Natural Sources of Lactic Acid are Curd and Buttermilk.

Curd is well known natural source of lactic acid because it is prepared from milk.

While preparing curd from milk, the sugar lactose of milk gets converted into an acid called, "Lactic acid". As acids are sour in taste, curd is also sour in taste.

When curd is churned with water using hand mixer, butter milk is produced. Hence, buttermilk is also natural source of lactic acid.

Special Knowledge on two different Kinds of Lactic Acid Present in our Body

  • There is another type of unwanted lactic acid in the body!
  • Curd and buttermilk are the external sources of lactic acid. Lactic acid consumed thus, passes through the digestive channel and helps in digestion.
  • However, lactic acid is also produced within the body-inside the muscles, during strenuous exercise. This is actually the result of improper metabolism (means anaerobic respiration = incomplete oxidation of glucose).
  • A different kind of lactic acid produced thus is not beneficial to our body, as it causes pain in the muscle.
  • Thus one lactic acid passing through digestive channel is beneficial, while another lactic acid produced in muscle is harmful!

Do you know the True Reason for Following?

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These are the Benefits of Lactic acid present in Buttermilk.

  • As the sugar lactose is converted into lactic acid, buttermilk is almost sugar free; hence, unlike milk, it does not add many calories to our food. This reduces the risk of obesity.
  • Due to its acidic nature, it helps in digestion process by disintegrating bigger food stuff into smaller particles. This makes digestion easy.
  • Due to its acidic nature it destroys disease causing bacteria (pathogens) present in the food and also in the digestive channel. This provides extra safety.
  • Taking it before the meal as well as during the meal helps to control the vigorous sensation of hunger and thereby helps to control the quantity of diet. Thus it reduces the risk of over dietary problems resulting in obesity.
  • It provides almost all the nutrients of milk, without the worry of sugar and obesity.
  • It promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria needed for digestion.

Know the Third Acid you need to Consume Regularly, Citric Acid in the form of Lemon

Scientific name or I.U.P.A.C. name of citric acid is: 2-Hydroxypropane-1, 2, 3-tricarboxylic acid.

In pure form it is a white crystalline solid, soluble in water. It is sour in taste.

Structure of Citric Acid

It contains both hydroxyl as well as carboxylic groups.
It contains both hydroxyl as well as carboxylic groups. | Source

Natural Sources of Citric Acid

How to provide the necessary amount of Citric acid to our body?

It is present in citrus fruits, particularly in lemon. Hence, while drinking lemon juice, we add citric acid into our body.

Benefits of Lemon (Citric Acid)

  • Drinking hot lemon juice in the morning mixed with little honey, helps to reduce weight.
  • It is also an antioxidant, hence helps removing toxic free radicals from our body and slows down the process of aging.
  • It is an important intermediate in citric acid cycle (Krebs cycle) occurring in our body.
  • Lemon is useful in: treatment of enlargement of spleen, controlling high blood pressure, cholera, cold, rheumatic pains (gout, sciatica, lumbago etc.). It also helps in digestion.
  • It is useful in preparation of soda water at home-by mixing it with baking soda. Such solid mixture of [citric acid + baking soda] is marketed by some companies with a label of "fruit-salt". Just by adding water, it produces effervescences of carbon dioxide gas and converted into ready to drink soda-water.
  • It is used to impart sour taste to some Indian recipes like: chevdo, spongy dhokla, khaman etc.

Do you know what "Citric Acid Cycle" is, also known as, "Krebs Cycle"?

Citric Acid Cycle also known as "Krebs Cycle" is a cyclic series of 7 biochemical reactions occurring continuously in our body.

This cycle commences with synthesis of citric acid and takes place during the metabolism known as, “Aerobic Respiration”.

During the course of this cycle, energy is generated in the form of, "Adenosine TriPhosphate abbreviated as A.T.P. It is also known as "energy currency" because it readily releases energy as and when our body needs.

Know the Fourth Acid you need to Consume Regularly, Carbonic Acid in the form of Soda Water.

Chemical formula of soda water or carbonic acid is H2CO3.

Carbonic Acid is an aqueous solution of Carbon Dioxide Gas. It can be prepared either by:

(1) Dissolving CO2 gas in water under high pressure, or

(2) Mixing [citric acid + sodium bicarbonate] in water.

Carbonic Acid is an unstable acid, means on keeping it open into the atmosphere, carbon dioxide gas expels out leaving behind pure water. This is due to the poor solubility of carbon dioxide gas in water.

However, the solubility of carbon dioxide gas in water can be increased significantly by:

(a) Lowering the temperature of water &

(b) Increasing the pressure of carbon dioxide gas.

This is why all aerated drinks, as well as soda water available in market are stored in the refrigerator with tightly corked lid.

Structure of Carbonic Acid

The two hydrogen atoms attached to oxygen can readily pass in the solution as H+ ions. Hence carbonic acid is dibasic acid.
The two hydrogen atoms attached to oxygen can readily pass in the solution as H+ ions. Hence carbonic acid is dibasic acid. | Source

Sources of Carbonic Acid

  • It is freely available in the market in the form of soda water.
  • Aerated drinks like Coca Cola, Pepsi etc. also contain carbonic acid along with: sugar, flavor, color etc. Hence, while drinking soda water or any other aerated drink, we add carbonic acid into our body.
  • Soda water can be prepared in our kitchen also, by mixing proper proportion of citric acid & sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) in water.
  • Due to its unstable nature, soda water prepared thus must be consumed immediately before it decomposes.

Benefits of Carbonic Acid (Soda Water)

  • It helps in digestion.
  • It stimulates hunger.
  • It destroys harmful bacteria which may be present in our mouth and/or stomach.
  • Drinking soda water itself or drinking it mixed with another drink, gives freshness and pleasing experience.
  • It serves as a mouthwash and removes unpleasant smell (if any) coming from mouth.
  • In emergency, it can be used as antiseptic also to wash wounds etc.

Care Which Needs to be taken While Consuming Soda Water

  • It is a stronger acid compared to vitamin-C or buttermilk; hence people suffering from acidity must consult their doctor before consuming it.
  • As it is stable only at low temperature, a bottle of soda water or any aerated drink must be cooled enough before opening it. In case the bottle is not cooled properly, the moment we open its lid, almost all carbon dioxide gas will expel out in atmosphere leaving behind only water.
  • As it is unstable at atmospheric pressure, it must be consumed immediately after opening the lid of the bottle. Keeping it open in the atmosphere, even if it is cooled, will result in escaping the carbon dioxide gas in atmosphere, leaving behind pure water in the bottle.
  • The bottle containing soda water should not be shaken vigorously before opening it. This will also decrease the solubility of carbon dioxide gas resulting in immediate escaping of gas while opening the lid.
  • In case it is stored in a glass bottle, due care must be taken to handle it. On striking with some hard surface, it may explode violently and can cause damage to people around.
  • Carbonic acid is a synthesized product, it does not occur in nature. Hence, people insisting to consume only natural products, may avoid it.

Know the Fifth Acid you need to Consume regularly, Nicotinic Acid in the form of Ground Nuts

  • Nicotinic acid is also known as niacin.
  • It is a member of group of vitamins known as, Vitamin B-complex”.
  • Its deficiency causes a disease known as, “Pellagra”.
  • Nicotinic acid is available in: lever, groundnut, sunflower etc.

Know the Sixth Acid you Need to Consume Regularly, Folic Acid in the form of Green Leafy Vegetables

  • Folic acid is also a member of group of vitamins known as, “Vitamin B-complex.
  • It serves as an enzyme in various reactions involved in the metabolism of: amino acids, purines and pyrimidines.
  • It is synthesized within the body by intestinal bacteria and is also available through food.
  • Its deficiency causes poor growth and nutritional anemia. Anemia is caused due to decrease in Red Blood Cell (R.B.C.) count.
  • Folic acid is available in: lever, legumes, yeast, whole grain cereals & green leafy vegetables.

Spinach: a Well Known Leafy Vegetable


Know the Seventh Acid you need to Consume Regularly, Pantothenic Acid in the form of Green Vegetables

  • Pantothenic acid is also a member of group of vitamins known as, "vitamin B-complex".
  • It plays a crucial role in the oxidation of fat and/or carbohydrates and certain amino acids.
  • It is available in meat, vegetables, cereals, peas, eggs, liver, yolk etc.

Know the Eighth Acid you need to Consume Regularly, Various Amino Acids in the form of Pulses

  • What is called amino acid?
  • A substance carrying both amino group as well as acid group is called an amino acid.
  • How amino acids are helpful to us? Our body is made up of various proteins, and all proteins are made up of amino acids.
  • Hence amino acids are responsible for proper structure and growth of the body.

Amino Acid: a Building Block of Each Protein

  • Proteins are composed of polymerisation (i.e. mutual combination) 20 commonly occurring amino acids.
  • To give different proteins, amino acids polymerize in various proportions and also in various sequence.
  • Their sequence in protein determines: shape, properties and biological role of protein.
  • Important biological substances like: Enzymes, Hormones etc are proteins made up of amino acids.
  • Essential amino acids: there are some amino acids which we must obtain through our daily diet, they are called, "Essential Amino Acids".
  • Valine, Leucine, Lysine, Histidine etc. are some examples of essential amino acids.

Have You Ever Heard of 'Acid Party'?

And finally,

If you:

  • are a health conscious person,
  • are a caring father or mother,
  • are a loving friend,
  • have value of humanity,
  • love people in relation with you,
  • want to reciprocate the world what you have gained from it so far, then, never give your own people a 'Junk Food Party' or a 'Wine Party'; instead give them an 'Acid Party'!

So, what are you waiting for? Prepare a big peg! No, no, no; a big glass!



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    • yograj yog profile imageAUTHOR

      Yogesh Oza 

      3 years ago from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA.

      I liked your suggestion, jbosh1972. Thank you.

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      3 years ago from Indianapolis, IN. USA

      I suggest putting lemon or lime juice on fresh salad with a dash of salt. Pickled olives,cucumbers, and jalapeños are a source of acetic acid.

    • yograj yog profile imageAUTHOR

      Yogesh Oza 

      3 years ago from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA.

      Thank you, AliciaC. I am positive to have some helpful suggestions too.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing such an informative hub! You've included a lot of interesting details in your article. It was very enjoyable to read.


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