What is Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)?
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that produces compounds vital to maintaining specific chemical activities within the body.
Vitamin C is not manufactured by the body and is water soluble, meaning that your body cannot store it. Hence, it is vital to ensure that we take in an adequate supplies – usually from a balanced diet.
Vitamin C is also known as Ascorbic Acid, and refers to pure Vitamin C (single entity Ascorbic Acid) that is not bound to any other compounds.
There are many different forms of Vitamin C. We believe that pure Ascorbic Acid is the best form for oral supplementation.
The world’s foremost Vitamin C proponent and Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling published the book Vitamin C and the Common Cold in 1970 and devoted a large part of his life and reputation to inform the world of the importance of Vitamin C.
What does Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) do?
In living organisms, Ascorbate is an antioxidant and protects cells against oxidative stress. It is a co-factor in several vital enzymatic reactions.
Vitamin C is needed to aid growth and repair tissues, to heal wounds and to maintain and repair teeth and bones. Another vital role Vitamin C plays is in helping with the production of collagen. These aid the manufacture of skin, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and blood vessels.
Vitamin C is widely known as an antioxidant. A build up of free radicals over a prolonged period of time may add to the ageing process and unwanted health conditions. Antioxidants can block damage by free radicals. Ascorbic Acid also increases iron absorption, contributes to the normal function of the immune system and during and after intense physical exercise.
Many people believe that Vitamin C can cure the common cold but the scientific evidence for this is conflicting. It is well documented that Vitamin C may help prevent a cold if you are deficient in Ascorbic Acid.
Ref: Douglas RM, Hemilä H, Chalker E, Treacy B. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Jul 18;(3):CD000980.
The well known deficiency of Vitamin C causes scurvy. This disease is very rarely seen today in healthy adults but can affect infants and the elderly.
Adult Suggested Use
One level teaspoon = 5g (6250% of NRV). The dose can be adjusted by this formula.
Only take a dosage higher than the NRV if under supervision of a medical practitioner.
This product is suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
Some people prefer to use Ascorbic Acid powder to replace baking powder in recipes where a leavening agent is needed.
The powder can be added to enhance squashes or juice. You can even make your own fizzy effervescent drinks using Vitamin C, citric acid and sodium bicarbonate.
If you have a medical condition, are taking medication, are pregnant or nursing, always seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before using any food supplement. Discontinue use if any adverse reaction occurs.
Contraindications: More than 1000mg of Vitamin C may cause mild stomach upset.
Health Leads formula
Vitamin C as Ascorbic Acid powder
Other ingredients: None
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Rarely we may have to use a natural filler but research carefully those we do use, such as organic rice flour.
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