I’ve been researching ascorbic acid, often called “Vitamin C” on most health supplements and news articles. Important things to note:
- Most “vitamin C” is made from CORN SYRUP. Yep. GMO corn syrup. unless it’s organic.
- Most “vitamin C” being sold is actually just ascorbic acid – ascorbic acid is an ISOLATED component of what is Vitamin C in nature, so it’s not really vitamin C at all. Hence my use of “quotes” above.
- High dose of Ascorbic Acid have antimicrobial activity – eg. will act much like an antibiotic in your gut, thus contributing to digestive problems and the overall antibiotic resistance issue we face as the human race. This is why “digestive upset” is listed as a possible side effect of taking high doses of ascorbic acid.
- High doses of vitamin C do not occur in nature. The fact is you don’t need a lot of *real* vitamin C for it to be beneficial.
If you want to add some vitamin C to your diet this fall and winter, go with more fresh fruit *or* you can add something like an acerola cherry powder to your supplement regimen (in your smoothie!).
Just some fun to know good sources of vitamin C:
- Cabbage (particularly in raw sauerkraut – which makes it more bioavailable & even in small amounts, improves digestion)
- Rose Hips (I love to enjoy rose hips in my tea – also available as a powder)
- Alfalfa (can be enjoyed as a tea, powdered in capsules or added to smoothies)
All fruits and vegetables contain some amount of vitamin C – so you could just eat more fruits and veggies 😉
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