The Complete Story on Vitamin C

The Complete Story on Vitamin C

Bev Dunne

I get very excited when I find a new formula which I think ticks lots of boxes when it comes to helping us maintain good health and wellbeing. One product which I recently found and I’m particularly excited about is a new formula of Vitamin C Powder. I’m really impressed with this formula because not only does it contain three forms of Vitamin C – Calcium Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate  it also contains Rosehips, Hesperidin, Orange Fruit Powder, Rutin, Quercetin, Grape Seed Extract, Bioflavonoids, Green Tea, Zinc Gluconate plus Elderberry Extract. 

Even if you aren’t familiar with many complementary health products, most people would be familiar with Vitamin C. I guess when most people think of Vitamin C, they think of winter colds. However, Vitamin C is also necessary in assisting the development and restoration of our body tissues. It helps our body to form collagen. As we know collagen is an important component of connective tissue which is beneficial in maintaining healthy joints, bones, skin, muscles – the list goes on. It assists our body to absorb iron as well as heal wounds.

There is often confusion about the different forms of Vitamin C. Essentially Ascorbic Acid is the proper name for Vitamin C.  Ascorbic Acid is Vitamin C in its basic form.  For some however they find straight Ascorbic Acid can upset their stomach a little which is why it can be beneficial to combine Ascorbic Acid with Calcium Ascorbate and Sodium Ascorbate.  By adding calcium salts or sodium salts to ascorbic acid, a buffer is created which enables far easier digestion and absorption.  It is therefore far less acidic which minimizes gastrointestinal discomfort.

Rosehips as we know come from the beautiful rose plant and are a red or orange fruit which grows on the stem of the plant.  Rosehips are believed to contain a high concentration of Vitamin C. Apart from the usual health benefits obtained from taking Vitamin C, Rosehips are also thought to be helpful for arthritis.

Bioflavonoids are often included in a Vitamin C supplement to help enhance the absorption of Vitamin C. Hesperidin and Rutin are both plant chemicals which are frequently classed as bioflavonoids found mainly in citrus fruits.  

Vitamin C is one of the more commonly known antioxidants.  Grapeseed and Green Tea are also well known antioxidants which is why they are a great inclusion in this formula. These powerful antioxidants may help lessen our risk of chronic diseases and bolster our body’s natural defences.  Because certain compounds in the Elderberry fruit give the fruit it’s characteristic dark black/purple colour this fruit also has many antioxidant and anti- inflammatory benefits.  It is also very high in Vitamin C.

Quercetin is a plant pigment also rich in antioxidants often believed to help reduce allergy symptoms and reduce inflammation.

Finally, zinc is another great inclusion in this formula. Zinc has many benefits, including speeding up wound healing and improving acne symptoms. It may also help with colds.