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Magnesium Ascorbate is a buffered (non-acidic) form of Vitamin C that will not contribute to gastric irritation in acid-sensitive persons. Magnesium Ascorbate is synthesized from a combination of Ascorbic Acid and Magnesium to form Magnesium Ascorbate. NOW® also distributes a variety of powdered vitamins and minerals including Pure Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Ascorbate, Ester-C, Sodium Ascorbate and Vitamin C Complex Powder.
From the FDA's website: "Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive."