Vitamin C: The Key Antioxidant

Vitamin C is the most abundant, water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C acts primarily in cellular fluid. Vitamin C scavenges free radicals and cleans up waste products. In addition to its anti-oxidative activities, vitamin C benefits many other body functions. Vitamin C is necessary for the synthesis of collagen, which is an important component in the structural make up of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitters and norepinephrine.

Neurotransmitters are critical to brain function and are known to affect mood. Vitamin C, even in small amounts, can protect molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) from damage by free radicals. Vitamin C helps in the fight against free-radical formation caused by pollution and cigarette smoke and also helps return vitamin E to its active form.

Linus Pauling, Ph.D, a leading researcher of Vitamin C and two-time winner of the Nobel Prize, advised adults to take 2 to 10 grams per day. People require at least 60mgs of vitamin C per day in order to prevent scurvy. The optimal amount of vitamin C is closer to 400 to 3,000 mg per day, in divided doses, more if the body is under stress.

Current research findings have shown that Vitamin C may lower the risk of developing cataracts and other eye diseases. In some studies, Vitamin C has helped lower blood pressure and cholesterol and has been shown to help prevent stroke and heart attacks. [10].

Researchers have found that people who suffer from asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and muscle injury after exercise have lower levels of vitamin C in their blood than non-sufferers. [11].

Those with the highest intake of Vitamin C and vitamin E from food appeared to be the least likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. [14]. To take advantage of the antioxidant benefits, choose foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits (i.e: oranges, grapefruits), sweet peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and broccoli.

What is Vitamin C Ester?

Vitamin C Ester: The Ultimate Antioxidant

Vitamin C Ester (Ascorbyl palmitate), which is composed of basic Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) joined with a fatty acid (Palmitic acid) derived from palm oil, creates an “ester bond”. Vitamin C Ester is therefore fat soluble and can rapidly penetrate the skin, as well as the phospholipid bilayer of cells Ascorbyl palmitate has been added to a number of skin creams due to interest in its antioxidant properties as well as the important role of vitamin C in collagen synthesis. [24].

Although ascorbyl palmitate is also available as an oral supplement, it is likely that most of it is hydrolyzed to ascorbic acid and palmitic acid in the digestive tract, are not taken advantage of before it is absorbed. [25]

The increased absorption of Vitamin C Ester is therefore, 6 times greater than Vitamin C alone. [24]. Vitamin C Ester helps stimulate the growth of fibroblasts, the cells that produce collagen and elastin in human skin, which in turn, provides a more youthful appearance.

Vitamin C Ester should not be confused with Ester-C. Ester-C is a trademarked version of Vitamin C Ester. The only published study in humans found no difference between Ester-C and commercially available ascorbic acid tablets with respect to the absorption and urinary excretion of vitamin C. [26].

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