To start off, it is best to understand how Vitamin C is absorbed into the body. There are several factors that influence the uptake of Vitamin C including the total
amount of Vitamin C ingested, the composition of the Vitamin C itself, and what other ingredients are taken in conjunction.
Several studies have shown that the intestines have a limited ability to effectively absorb Vitamin C. When amounts greater than 1,000 mg are ingested, the absorption rate of Vitamin C decreases by half and any excess is excreted via urine. Ascorbic acid is considered to be very safe and will not cause toxic reactions when taken in large amounts between 1,000 - 2,000 mg.
In addition, some studies have found that it is recommended to ingest smaller doses of Vitamin C several times a day instead of taking one single large dose so the Vitamin C can be completely absorbed.
When ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is chelated with minerals such as Calcium or Magnesium, the minerals help neutralize the acidic properties of ascorbic acid through
and thus, results in a pH neutral product.
As a result, chelated mineral ascorbates are ideal for individuals with sensitive stomachs because they reduce any potential chronic digestive difficulties that would occur with just taking regular ascorbic acid. In addition, it is preferable to take chelated mineral ascorbates for increased levels of bioavailability, absorption, and retention of Vitamin C in the body with minimal loss via urine.
Some of the most common chelated mineral ascorbates include Magnesium Ascorbate, Zinc Ascorbate, and Nutra-C® (non-acidic Vitamin C powder). These mineral
ascorbates offer numerous health benefits including:
Natural foods and vegetables provide the best sources of Vitamin C including citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, strawberries, broccoli, and tomatoes. Prolonged storage and cooking of foods may reduce the amount of viable Vitamin C.
Vitamin C Food Sources
For individuals who do not consume enough fruits or vegetables, multivitamins and dietary supplements that contain Vitamin C are common alternatives. Mineral ascorbates, including Magnesium Ascorbate, Zinc Ascorbate, and Nutra-C���, are extremely popular Vitamin C ingredients that can easily be added into tablets, capsules, beverages, snack bars, and more.
Since chelated mineral ascorbates are well absorbed in the body, it is important to consider the dose of the mineral associated
with ascorbic acid.
Magnesium Ascorbate: Magnesium Ascorbate 6.5% contains approximately 64 mg of Magnesium and 935 mg of Vitamin C. The recommended daily allowance for Magnesium is approximately 400-420 mg per day for men and 310-320 mg per day for women. Neither men nor women should exceed 450 mg per day of Magnesium.
Zinc Ascorbate: Zinc Ascorbate 15% contains approximately 150 mg of Zinc and 737 mg of Vitamin C. The recommended daily allowance for Zinc is 11 mg per day for men and 8 mg per day for women. Neither men nor women should exceed 40 mg of Zinc per day.
Calcium Ascorbate: Calcium Ascorbate 10% contains approximately 100 mg of Calcium and 850 mg of Vitamin C. The recommended daily allowance for Calcium is 1,000-1,250 mg per day and the total Calcium intake should not exceed 2,500 mg of Calcium per day for adults.
Manganese Ascorbate: Manganese Ascorbate 13% contains approximately 130 mg of Manganese and 598 mg of Vitamin C. Manganese is a trace mineral which means that only small amounts should be consumed. Adult men should consume 2.3 mg per day and adult women should consume 11 mg per day. Neither men nor women should exceed 11 mg per day.
Nutra-C��� Vitamin C: Nutra-C��� contains approximately 840 mg of Vitamin C, 90 mg of Calcium, and 9 mg of Magnesium. Adult men should consume 90 mg of Vitamin C per day while adult women should consume 75 mg per day. Neither men nor women should exceed more than 2,000 mg per day.
Vitamin C Recommended Daily Allowance
NovoMin��� Chelated Mineral Ascorbates, manufactured by Novotech Nutraceuticals, Inc., include Calcium Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbate, Manganese Ascorbate,
Zinc Ascorbate, and Nutra-C���. All these products offer numerous health benefits including: