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Why Ascorbic acid is not Vitamin C

by Sean Martu
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The fallacy of ascorbic acid being labeled as Vitamin C is one of the greatest health impediments to humans in modern times. In reality, ascorbic acid is actually just one component of whole complex vitamin C.

What is Whole Complex Vitamin C?

Let me explain, vitamin C operates as a complex of multiple factors of which ascorbic acid is just one, it acts as an antioxidant wrapper for choline , rutin, the enzyme tyrosinase, vitamin K, and bio-flavonoids(vitamin P)  a powerful family of over 6,000 antioxidants that have a symbiotic working relationship within vitamin C, with each increasing the other’s effect. Without these co-factors, vitamin C cannot perform its true health benefits to the body.  Whole complex vitamin C is found in varying degrees in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Who discovered vitamin C?

In the 1930s, Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi, a Hungarian professor of medicinal chemistry, made some very important discoveries one of which was hexuronic acid, also known as vitamin C which enables the body to efficiently use carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Szent-Györgyi, also conducted experiments on guinea pigs, which are similar to humans, in that their livers do not have the ability to synthesize hexuronic acid, but have to consume it to remain healthy. He decided to rename hexuronic acid to ascorbic acid or vitamin C, reflecting its anti-scorbutic (scurvy fighting) properties.

During his experiments, Szent-Györgyi found out that administering red peppers which are high in vitamin C alleviated scurvy.

Bioavailability & health benefits of ascorbic acid vs whole complex vitamin c?

In this research article on PubMed ” Synthetic or Food-Derived Vitamin C—Are They Equally Bioavailable?“,  they concluded that there was a vastly increased health benefit in ingesting whole complex vitamin c found in foods in comparison to synthetic ascorbic acid.

Although synthetic and food-derived vitamin C appear to be equally bioavailable in humans, ingesting vitamin C as part of a whole food is considered preferable because of the concomitant consumption of numerous other macro- and micronutrients and phytochemicals, which will confer additional health benefits. Numerous epidemiological studies have indicated that higher intakes of fruit and vegetables are associated with decreased incidence of stroke [], coronary heart disease [], and cancers at various sites [,]. Vitamin C status is one of the best markers for fruit and vegetable intake [], and food-derived vitamin C is associated with decreased incidence of numerous chronic diseases [],


How is ascorbic acid manufactured today?

Apparently, over 90% of ascorbic acid in this country is manufactured at a facility in Nutley, New Jersey, owned by Hoffman-LaRoche, one of the world’s biggest drug manufacturers. Ascorbic acid is synthesized using a process involving primarily GMO corn and volatile acids. Many U.S. supplement companies buy ascorbic acid in bulk from this single facility.

What is the best source for vitamin C?

Getting a good amount of vitamin C, especially magnesium from common foods is nearly impossible, being that most of the US commercial farm soils are depleted of nutrition resulting in nutritionally depleted produce. In my experience, the best way to get nutrition is from superfoods. There are a few superfoods that are extremely high in vitamin C such as acerola cherry, rose hips and kakadu, but I found that raw organic camu-camu to be superior because of its vitamin C content and its large amount of anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins have been reported as having the capacity to lower blood pressure, improve visual acuity, reduce cancer cell proliferation, inhibit tumor formation, prevent diabetes, lower the risk of CVD modulate cognitive and motor function. They are also reported to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity.

I ingest camu-camu every day and have written an extensive article on its use in my experience. Camu-camu has such a profound effect on my health that I chose to source it myself and offer it to my readers. My camu-camu is raw organic and possesses 700% of the RDA of vitamin C per teaspoon. You can get a 4oz bag here on my website or a bag with 90 vegan pills here.  See my article “Camu-camu :The Heal all Superfood“.


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