For more on synthetic vs organic supplements check out my video on the Vitamin & Minerals Page! The image above shows how different a Vitamin C complex molecule looks compared to Ascorbic Acid with highly magnified chromatography. Ascorbic Acid is just 1 piece of the Vitamin C complex molecule and is often derived by adding hydrochloric acid to
corn syrup (which is usually GMO). Does that sound healthy? There is simply no way we can recreate in a lab the amazing intricacies of the Vitamin C complex molecule with all the hundreds of cofactors, enzymes & other molecules it Is composed of. So get your vitamin C from food & Highly Bioavailable Food Based Supplements Like These!
Vitamin C is a water soluble Vitamin abundandtly found in fruits & vegetables. It is not the exact same molecule as synthetic Ascorbic Acid. We simply have not been able to make Vitamin C in a laboratory with all the necessary cofactors and pieces of the molecule the exact same way our creator has. That being said, I highly recommend getting Vitamin C from food, and with an RDA of only 90mg, it's a very doable task. Humans are one of the species on earth who cannot make Vitamin C endogenously (on our own, internally) so we must get it from food.
- Acts as an antioxidant
- Helps regenerate other antioxidants like Vit E
- Helps make collagen. Collagen is a major component of connective tissue
- Helps make L-carnitine
- Helps make certain neurotransmitters
- Helps your body absorb Iron
- Assists in wound healing
While some juices like orange and grapefruit juice are high in vitamin C, keep in mind that excessive sugar can weaken the immune system. So when your mom yells at you to drink a huge glass of orange juice, you can kindly inform her that it is simply too much of a sugar load on your system. This will actually weaken your immune response to infection as it tries to process the sugar. You can then inform her that a fresh orange or cup of bell peppers would be a much better choice with less sugar, more fiber and more live enzymes / antioxidants without compromising your immune system.
Great site for Nutrition Facts & an inflammatory rating for each food individually
Office of Dietary Supplements Fact Sheet on Vitamin C