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Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Powder
Vitamin C (or as it is known by its more technical term, ascorbic acid) that is essential to all of life. Vitamin C is an important factor in many of the body’s various life-giving and life-maintaining functions including the successful operation of the immune system. Unfortunately, Vitamin C is not water soluble (meaning it cannot be saved in the body’s fat content for later) and it is not something that the body naturally produces. This means that although it is an essential vitamin, it must be replenished every day in order for good health to be maintained. There is at least some vitamin C content in all fruits and vegetables though one particular type of fruit that seems to have a higher concentration is fruit in the citrus family. The orange is most closely associated with Vitamin C for this reason.
Taking into account the wide spectrum of the most common kinds of nutrients, Vitamin C always seems to be the most popular. When it is ingested it instantly goes to work circulating through all of the watery areas of the human body (once it has been absorbed into the intestines of course) and from there helps in the fortification of collagen and also acts as an antioxidant during the trip. Vitamin C is routinely used as a food additive along with other kinds of antioxidants like calcium salts, sodium, and potassium. It is for this reason that the traditional Vitamin C supplements that can be bought in stores contain not only ascorbic acid, but many other types of ascorbates that fit a similar purpose.
Vitamin C also has a host of other general uses. It assists in the repair of damaged tissue, in keeping up healthy levels of collagen, and in conjunction with equally essential insoluble compounds such as Vitamin E, it helps these become generally more effective at what they already accomplish for the body.
IS THE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE VITAMIN C THE BIOACTIVE FORM L-ASCORBIC ACID?
There has been some concern due to shady business tactics from a variety of companies that the generally available forms of Vitamin C may not be as active as would generally be desired. Well, you should feel relieved to know that this is no longer a practice that is followed by any company. Worldwide, the stock of Vitamin C on all store shelves is the bioactive form L-Ascorbic Acid.
HEALTH BENEFITS PROVIDED BY ASCORBIC ACID POWDER
Vitamin C is most well known for its usefulness in conjunction with other enzymes and solutions. This widens the usefulness of Vitamin C considerably more from its already essential position. It is a necessary ingredient in the building of tissue, in the protection and fortification of the immune system, in collagen strengthening, in the synthesizing of carnitine (which is the first step in the process of cellular metabolism) , and in helping to maintain bone and teeth structure. It also helps convert tetrahydrofolic acid from folacin.
Of course it should go without saying at this point that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Much like Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) Vitamin C is also useful in the neutralization of harmful free radical molecules, and it also helps to police any threatening activity that may be occurring in any of the watery parts of the body.
Not only does Vitamin C help in the fortification of collagen, it is actually an essential building block of this type of protein tissue. Collagen can be found throughout all parts of the body and it is what controls our body’s level of flexibility to an extent while also strengthening blood vessels, teeth, gums, cartilage, vertebrae, etc. Vitamin C is even essential in healing minor wounds and cuts through its collagen production.
Vitamin C is an immune system stimulant and modulator. It does this by increasing production of leukocytes, and interferon which in themselves help defend against infection.
Serving Size & Timing
It is generally suggested that a person take about 1000mg, (or one quarter of a teaspoon) daily, however personal preference in this regard seems to be erratic. The generally guideline provided by the FDA cautions against taking more than 60mg per day, but this in itself seems to be an exaggerated low. It is known that 60mg is a sufficient amount to take so that the person does not begin to suffer from deficiency; however it is possible that this may not be enough to see the true healing powers of Vitamin C. According to one survey, in between 5 and 17 percent of adults have some kind of Vitamin C deficiency.
Taking the recommended dosage of Vitamin C daily is also necessary so that when tragedy occurs and mental or physical trauma of some kind is suffered, plasma levels in the body do not become too erratic.
Supplement FactsServing size: 1000 milligrams
Serving per container: *
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value**|
|Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid...1000 mg||1667%|
** Based on 2,000 calorie diet
Sugar, Soy, dairy, yeast, gluten or additives
As a dietary supplement, take 1000 mg (1/4 tsp) up to three times daily or as directed by a physician.
|US Standard Measuring Spoons|
INGREDIENTS & FURTHER INFORMATION
CONCENTRATION OF ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)
This particular type of Vitamin C contains no fillers and is completely pure.
ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C) SIDE EFFECTS
Vitamin C is non-toxic and even in cases of extreme overdose well beyond the recommended daily dosage, negative side effects will rarely if ever be experienced. When these side effects do occur they are usually mild symptoms such as upset stomach or diarrhea. If you do experience these symptoms you merely need to lower your intake to less than 2,000mg daily and things will begin to level out.
If Vitamin C is taken at too high of a level, it could cause a reduction in copper levels in the body while stimulating the absorption of iron. Therefore anyone who has some kind of copper deficiency or any condition that causes iron deposits to form in their body should consult a doctor before Vitamin C is taken. In addition pregnant women should not take more than 6,000mg Vitamin C daily or there is a chance that the child may develop scurvy in the womb. Of course no more than 2,000mg Vitamin C should be consumed daily but if this cannot be adhered to it is especially important not to take more than 6,000mg.
BIOAVAILABILITY OF VITAMIN C
The reason that Vitamin C is routinely used as an additive in so many different foods is because of its remarkably high levels of bioavailability. Because Vitamin C is derived from citrus fruits, it maintains quite a sour taste even when in powder form so it is best to mix it with a fruit juice of some sort before consumption. Another alternative are the readily available ascorbic acid capsules. Of course, food cannot always be trusted alone as a reliable source of Vitamin C since it can be so easily lost while cooking or other types of food preparatory techniques. This is why the supplement is a much more practical source.
- This Vit C is great. Pure and grainy like sugar. I tasted a bit of the powder without adding to my shake and it had a citrus taste.
On 3/11/13 Marci said...
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.