Ascorbic Acid vs Vitamin C
This is a common question that comes up when talking about supplying our bodies with vitamin C. We often think about having a glass of orange juice, but also, people purchase “vitamins” called Ascorbic Acid which is supposed to fuel us with Vitamin C but in fact, doesn’t do this at all.
Let’s start with Vitamin C. Most sources equate vitamin C with ascorbic acid, as though they were the same thing. They’re not. Ascorbic acid is an isolate, a fraction, a distillate of naturally occurring vitamin C. In addition, mineral co-factors must be available in proper amounts. If any of these parts are missing, there is no vitamin C and therefore, no vitamin activity. When some of them are present, the body will draw on its own stores to make up the differences, so that the whole vitamin may be present. Only then will vitamin activity take place, provided that all other conditions and co-factors are present. It’s like a car; when you fill it with gas, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is going anywhere. There are many other factors that impact the car. The engine must be in working order, the spark plugs must be clean, the tires must be pumped up… and the list goes on and on.
With this being said, ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, it is a small attempt at something trying to do the job of something else but does not do the trick. Only vitamin C is true vitamin C and should be taken as so. The next time you are looking for your fix of vitamin C, take a close look at the label to see if it is real and not synthetic.
True food sources of vitamin C are very tasty and quite easy to find. Some of these sources include: guava, red and green sweet peppers, kiwi, orange, pure grapefruit juice, brussel sprouts and cantaloupe. We also have some really great products on our website that are great for you and contain high vitamin C! Check them out below!
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