Vitamin C Ascorbic
Much Vitamin C Does the Body Need?
Acid Vs. Real Vitamin C
By Dr. Ben
you take a look at a variety of vitamin C supplements, you will
find that the majority of them contain only ascorbic acid or a compound
called ascorbate, which is a less acidic form of acorbic acid. Ascorbic
acid is NOT vitamin C. It represents the outer ring that serves
as a protective shell for the entire vitamin C complex, much like
an orange peel that serves as a protective shell for an orange.
vitamin C found in whole foods like fruits and vegetables contains
the following components:
you take only ascorbic acid found in your synthetic vitamin C tablet
or powder, your body must gather all of the other components of
the full vitamin C complex from your body's tissues in order to
make use of it. In the event that your body does not have adequate
reserves of the other components, ascorbic acid itself does
not provide the same range of health benefits that the full vitamin
C complex does. After circulating through your system,
unused ascorbic acid is eliminated through your urine.
does the full
vitamin C-Complex do in your body?
to form collagen, which is a key structural component of your
bones, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels
as a powerful antioxidant, protecting your cells against damage
and premature aging due to free
radicals, toxins, and other harmful substances that make their
way into your blood
damage to fatty acids, amino acids, and glucose in your blood
to make norepinephrine, a hormone that is essential to the health
of your nervous system
nutritional indices list orange juice and grapefruit juice as good
sources of vitamin C. While you'll be sure to get some vitamin C
from these juices, I recommend that you avoid drinking 100 percent
fruit juices most or all of the time. Fruit juices place unhealthy
stress on your liver and pancreas. They also raise your blood
insulin and sugar levels over the short and long term, which
predisposes you to every chronic, degenerative disease that we know
of. If you want to have some freshly squeezed orange juice on occasion,
try mixing it with romaine lettuce and celery juice, with the orange
juice making up no more than 1/3 of the total volume of your juice.
The minerals from the greens will help to regulate the pace at which
the sugars in the orange juice enter your blood stream.
are some healthy, whole food sources of vitamin C:
of Vitamin C Deficiency
or bruising easily
pain and swelling of joints
and tooth loss
Daily Allowance (RDA) - 1998
years and older
years and younger
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you obtain natural vitamin C from whole foods, there is virtually
no potential for toxicity or undesirable reactions. Large doses
of synthetic vitamin C can cause you to experience uncomfortable
GI symptoms like bloating, stomach pain, and diarrhea. I recommend
obtaining vitamin C from whole foods or whole food supplements only.
For the reasons explained in our article
on synthetic vs. natural vitamins, I recommend that you avoid
synthetic forms of vitamin C completely.
If you are looking for an all-natural source of the full vitamin
C complex, I recommend acerola
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