Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid?
Posted at 12:54• 13 Jun • Megan & Jae • Education Guide
The Many Duties of Vitamin C
- Growth and repair of all tissues in all parts of your body
- Forms collagen: important protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
- Body uses a lot of vitamin C to repair wounds
- Needed to form and repair cartilage, bones, and teeth
- All healing processes: colds, infections, disease, injuries, or surgery (increased need)
- Reduces damage to the body caused by toxic chemicals and pollutants like drugs, cigarette smoke and heavy metals
- Can help prevent cancer
- Critical for healthy immune system
- Maintains good vision (especially with aging)
- Deficiency may contribute weight gain by decreasing metabolic rates
- Assists in the conversion of cholesterol into bile acid in the liver
- Helps reduce the risk of gall stones and bladder damage
- Boosts collagen production for healthy skin
- May reduce risk of developing gall stones
Complete Vitamin C as it Occurs in Nature
- Specific fruit sources which contain the entire Vitamin C matrix include Amalaki, Camu Camu, and Acerola fruit
- Complete forms include co-factors Rutin, Hesperin, Bioflavonoids, K & J Factors, etc.
- Vitamin C supplied by food is destroyed by heat and manufacturing processes
- Pasteurized juices and prepared foods “fortified” with Vitamin C have lost Vitamin C content as a result of the processing
Food Sources of Vitamin C
Good sources: Peppers, Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruit, Persimmons, Papaya, Mangoes, Avocados, *Broccoli, Leafy Greens, *Brussels Sprouts, *Snow Peas, *Sweet Potatoes, Plantain, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, *Tomatoes
*Must be raw or cooked without boiling or exposing to high heat to retain vitamin C content
Indicators of Vitamin C Deficiency
Allergies (increased reaction)
Fragile Bones / Joints
Frequent Colds / Bronchial Issues
Difficulty Healing Skin Issues
Scurvy (long-term deficiency)
Infection Susceptibility (increased)
Weekened Immune Function
Damaged Mucosal Linings
What is Ascorbic Acid?
A chemical compound:
To make ascorbic acid, heat and enzymes are used to break down corn starch. The corn starch is then put through seven chemical processes (which include acetone) before it becomes the crude form of ascorbic acid, hydrochloric acid (an industrial corrosive). It is then filtered, purified and milled into crystalline form, ready to be sold as “Vitamin C”.
- In Nature, ascorbic acid is only one component of the Vitamin C matrix manufactured by plants
- 80% of the world’s supply of ascorbic acid is produced in China, the originator of the process which synthesizes it from corn syrup
- Co-factors such as rutin and hesperidin, bioflavonoids and rose hips are sometimes added during manufacturing and generally make up less than 2% of supplement content
- The compound is legally named “Vitamin C” although it lacks 80% of components present in food forms
”Ester-C®”: According to the label on these supplements, this form of Vitamin C is calcium ascorbate (calcium added to ascorbic acid). Calcium ascorbate uses ascorbic acid bonded with magnesium carbonate (which is basically chalk). The resulting chemical compound is approximately 10% calcium by mass with the rest being the standard synthesized ascorbic acid.
Hidden Dangers of Synthetic Vitamin C
- The body has to make up for the missing co-factors by pulling from other organs & tissues
- Most of the synthetic form is lost through urination because the body can't use the "fractionated" form
- May directly contribute to hardening of arteries (shown to happen five times faster for smokers)
Megan is our product curator and store visionary. Personally vetting every product that comes through the door, she evaluates thousands of items each month with a focus on quality ingredients and value. Well-schooled in the supplements department and the editor of our in-store newsletters, she still insists her main job is raising three daughters! (Wichita, Kansas)
2019 marks Jae’s 20th year working as a Holistic Nutritionist and Supplement Specialist in the Health Food industry. This environment has afforded the opportunity to discuss health issues and solutions with thousands of customers and clients. Along the way, she has acquired multiple certifications including biogenealogy, environmental biology, holistic nutrition and various healing modalities. She is currently studying to complete a Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition.
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