Who doesn’t remember their mom
handing out a chewable vitamin C whenever a cold was beginning to
take hold? But did you know that not all Vitamin C supplements are
The majority of vitamin C sold on the
mass market today is made from synthetic ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid
is made by mixing corn starch and hydrochloric acid together in a
laboratory. Numerous studies have proven the ill effects that
synthetic vitamin C may have on the body. However, in its whole food
form, vitamin C is very beneficial as an antioxidant (otherwise known
as “free-radical scavengers”), assists in collagen and elastin
formation (those protein fibers that give skin its youthful
plumpness), boosts the immune system, and is necessary in the
synthesis of stress hormones (the hormones responsible for age
related weight gain).
We cannot manufacture or
store Vitamin C. So we need to create a constant supply either from
our diet or supplements. And studies show that in the last 25 years
there has been an increase in Vitamin C deficiency.
If you’re not
getting your “C”, take a look at Whole C, Buffered Vitamin C, or Alpha 300.