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about Vitamin C
C is an antioxidant. It is needed for tissue
growth and repair, adrenal gland functions, healthy
gums, skin and blood.
It also aids in the
production of anti-stress hormones, is needed for
metabolism, protects against harmful effects of
pollution, protects against infection, and enhances
Without Vitamin C, you can bruise easily, have wounds
that don't heal, gum problems and aching joints.
do we need to take Vitamin C supplements?
article on Vitamin C
- Diabetics, those with High Blood Pressure, gum
disease and other conditions need vitamin C.
As a place to start, you need to understand, there
are only 3 mammals on planet earth that have bodies
that do not manufacture vitamin C. These are the
guinea pig, the rhesus monkey, and humans.
The way all three must acquire the vitamin C they need
is through their diets and/or supplementation.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant
that is required for tissue growth and repair, adrenal
gland functions, and healthy gums. It also aids
in the production of anti-stress hormones and
interferon and is needed for the metabolism of lactic
acid, tyrosine and phenylalanine. It protects
against harmful effects of pollution, helps to prevent
cancer, protects against infection, and enhances
immunity. Vitamin C increases the absorption of
iron. Essential in the formation of collagen,
vitamin C protects against blood clotting and bruising
and promotes the healing of wounds and burns.
Evidence suggests that Vitamin C works with Vitamin E
and they reinforce and extend each others antioxidant
Vitamin C and Ascorbic Acid
There is a huge difference between whole food
Vitamin C and ascorbic acid. Talking Ascorbic acid
when you want to take Vitamin C, is like wanting
to eat an egg and getting the shell.
With ascorbic acid, the more you take the less your
body absorbs. An intake of less than 20 mg has a 98%
absorption rate. By the time the intake increases to 1
to 1.5 grams, the absorption has dropped to 50%. In
amounts over 12 grams, the absorption of ascorbic acid
drops to only 16%.
In contrast, whole food Vitamin C contains no
ascorbic acid and the body knows how to absorb and use
it. (more information on ascorbic acid below)
The problem for people who want real vitamin C, is
that glass for glass, orange juice contains more sugar
(although a different type of sugar) than Coca-Cola!
To get a whole food Vitamin C we have found RHP®
Vitamin C which delivers what is needed.
Below is some information about this Type of Vitamin C:
Did you know that most of the supplements on the
shelves of health-food shops, drug stores and
supermarkets contain "vitamins" that are
just man-made chemicals and
"minerals" that are simply ground up
rocks or mineral salts.
For example, nearly all "vitamin C" sold
in the US is ascorbic acid. This is a man-made
chemical found nowhere in nature.
There is no ascorbic acid in an orange, tomato or
broccoli, or any fresh fruit or vegetable.
Ascorbic acid is manufactured in chemical plants by
applying heat and pressure and additional chemicals to
glucose (sugar), which converts the glucose to
ascorbic acid. Not exactly like drinking orange juice,
Ascorbic acid, being a chemical, isn't
absorbed or utilized the same way as food, and can
often upset the stomach and digestive tract because
it's an acid.
Vitamin C as it is found in nature is
acid - it is neutral! The acid taste in
oranges and other citrus fruits is caused by their
citric acid content.
Some companies will combine ascorbic acid with
other chemicals to "buffer" it (make it less
acid). This results in the "sodium ascorbate"
or "calcium ascorbate" salt forms of ascorbic
The bottom line is that these forms of
"vitamin C" as well as most other
"vitamins" you find on store shelves, are
man-made chemicals. They are nothing like
the true vitamins found in fresh fruits, vegetables
Now, let's take a look at the "minerals"
that are available on store shelves. For example, 70%
of the "calcium" supplements sold in the US
is calcium carbonate. This is factually finely ground
up limestone rock, seashells or coral.
Only 4-7% of calcium carbonate taken as a
supplement is actually absorbed by the body. Calcium
carbonate is sometimes combined with other chemicals
to try and improve this very poor absorption rate.
Regardless of the many different chemical forms
calcium carbonate can get changed into, none of them
are the same as the calcium found in a cabbage. Not
These man-made chemical vitamins and ground up rock
and mineral salts are called "USP" vitamins
and minerals. (USP stands for United States
Pharmacopoeia, which is a set of standards these
vitamins and minerals are measured by.)
You may also come across vitamins and minerals that
are labeled "food based". These are USP
vitamins and minerals that have been physically mixed
in with alfalfa or soy or some other food.
This mixing with food is done in an attempt to
increase the absorption of these chemicals and ground
up rock into the body. That is why you often see
"take with food" on their labels.
Occasionally these "food based" products
will be labeled "organic". This simply means
that the alfalfa or soy the chemicals were mixed
in with was grown organically.
Today you can find vitamins and minerals dissolved
in liquid form. If the product is made with man-made vitamins and minerals, you're just pumping man-made
chemicals into your body.
When you plant a cabbage in the ground, its roots
grow down into the soil and rocks, and they pull up
from the ground calcium and other minerals in a form
that you and I can't eat.
Then through the normal life processes of the
plant, it converts these minerals into a part of the
plant body itself. Now the calcium has actually
become a food we can eat, and our body knows how
to absorb and utilize it.
To be effectively absorbed and
utilized, vitamins and minerals must be the way they
are in food.
VITAMINS FROM FRUITS OR VEGETABLES.
Each tablet has 300 mg of usable
More effective than standard vitamin C that you will find sold elsewhere.
For more information about
this type of Vitamin
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