Benefits at a Glance
Helps the body form and maintain bones, blood vessels and skin
Helps repair and regenerate tissues
Protects against heart disease
Aids in the absorption of iron
Decreases total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
May increase absorption of vitamin B12
Vitamin C offers a wide range of support for the human body. It is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger. It supports the body's defense system by enhancing white blood cell function and activity, and increasing interferon levels, antibody responses, and secretion of thymic hormones. It is essential for the formation and maintenance of intercellular ground substance and collagen. Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron and the formation of red blood cells and converts folic acid to active folinic acid. It maintains healthy mast cell function and supports lymphocyte formation. Vitamin C is also required for the synthesis of carnitine and steroids.
Why take Ascorbic Acid?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is stored in many tissues throughout the body, but the adrenal glands contain the highest concentration. Humans are one of the few species that cannot manufacture vitamin C. We must depend on our diet, or nutritional supplements, as the source of this vitamin.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for the body, helping to decrease the effects of aging and on the development of long-term diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Vitamin C helps improve the health of your immune system, and may decrease your chances of catching viruses such as colds and influenza.
Those with an increased need for vitamin C include:
- Burns or Injuries
- Tobacco or Alcohol Abuse
- Chronic Illnesses
- Current Infection
- Prolonged Stress
- Post Surgery
- Exposure to Toxins
The following drugs can deplete vitamin C and may increase your need to supplement:
- Aspiring and salicylates
- Loop diuretics
- Oral contraceptives
- Tetracycline antibiotics
While vitamin C has not been proven to cause kidney stones, in some individuals its metabolic pathway produces high amounts of oxalic acid, which could increase the risk of stones. Therefore, people with a history of gout, kidney stones, or kidney disease should not take more than 500mg of vitamin C daily without medical supervision.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Amount per serving
[as ascorbic acid].....1,000mg
Other ingredients: ascorbyl palmitate, vegetarian capsule (cellulose, water)
Dosage and use
- 1–4 capsules daily, in divided doses with meals..
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DISCLAIMER: Statements made are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your doctor prior to using the recommendations given.