How to Pick the Best Vitamin C Supplement

vitamin cFeel a cold coming on? Then you probably need some vitamin C, but not all supplements are created the same. Here is how to pick the best supplement type. 

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.

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Tanaaz

Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.