Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants available. It is also known to boost the immune system and it can protect and help to repair and regenerate cells. Vitamin C also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, can help restore collagen and is a powerful all over system cleanser.
There are three types of Vitamin C and they are ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate and calcium ascorbate. Each of these ‘strands’ of Vitamin C play a vital, functioning role and all three are as equally as important as each other.
Most brands of Vitamin C only contain only ascorbic acid. While ascorbic acid is bioavailable- that is, it can be absorbed and digested by the body, alone it is not as efficient as when it is paired with its two counterparts.
In order for a supplement to be of maximum benefit and potency, all three ‘strands’ of Vitamin C need to be present along with bioflavonoids.
Bioflavonoids are antioxidants and are often found existing naturally with Vitamin C in citrus fruits or rose hips. Bioflavonoids help to protect the vitamin C on it’s long journey through your body, increasing its effects.
A supplement that contains all three types of Vitamin C as well as bioflavonoids will offer you the most superior protection and the best bioavailability.
When it comes to dosing, Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which means that any excess is excreted in the urine.
As the dosage of Vitamin C increases, absorption decreases. The body can absorb 500mg of Vitamin C at one time so it is best to take small doses of a Vitamin C supplement throughout the day rather than a huge amount all in one hit.
When it comes to chewable or pills you have to swallow, studies show that bioavailability is the same. Sugar does compete with Vitamin C for absorption so it’s best to find a formula that is not full of sweeteners.
Natural sources of Vitamin C include, red peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi fruit, broccoli, guavas, papaya and dark leafy greens.