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Why Supplement with Nutra-C® Instead of Ascorbic Acid?

November 18th, 2019

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We all know that Vitamin C is essential for our health. The question is: Are you using the right form of Vitamin C? With so many different forms on the market, it can be challenging to decide which one to use. In this article, we will show you the numerous benefits of Vitamin C, and explain the advantages of supplementing with Nutra-C®, a unique and more effective non-acidic Vitamin C powder instead of regular ascorbic acid powder.

What is Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)?

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that has many proven health benefits. Unlike animals, humans lack the enzymes to synthesize their own Vitamin C, so it must be consumed either through specific types of foods rich in Vitamin C or through dietary supplements.

Vitamin C has a molecular formula of C6H8O6 and an average mass of 176.124 g/mol.

Vitamin C Chemical Formula

Benefits of Vitamin C

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Why is Nutra-C® Advantageous to Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)?

Over the past few years, more people have become increasingly aware of the problems associated with ascorbic acid and have looked for alternative forms of Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is highly acidic with a pH level between 1 and 2.5, which may cause acidic urine, kidney stones, gas, inflammation of the intestinal tissue, diarrhea, and other negative side effects. Due to the low pH, the taste of ascorbic acid is sour and may be difficult to mask. In addition, ascorbic acid has very low bioavailability, absorption, and retention, all of which essentially means that most of the ascorbic acid that is ingested is immediately released in the urine. As a result, the body does not get adequate levels of Vitamin C required to meet healthy levels.

When compared to regular ascorbic acid, Nutra-C®, has been proven to have higher levels of bio-availability, absorption, and retention by several clinical studies. Nutra-C® is a polyascorbate, which is a complex mixture of different Vitamin C forms chelated, or tightly bound, with calcium and magnesium. About 84% of Nutra-C® is Vitamin C, 9% is Calcium, and 1% is Magnesium. As a calcium-magnesium salt of ascorbic acid, Nutra-C® is ionized, or broken down completely, and is 100% available to be absorbed by the body from the moment of consumption. Chelating the two minerals with Vitamin C neutralizes the acidity, and thus results in a pH neutral product that does not irritate the intestinal tissue.

Nutra-C® is manufactured using a proprietary water-based manufacturing process, which results in naturally occurring Vitamin C metabolites. The Vitamin C metabolites, including L-threonic acid and calcium-magnesium threonate, play an important role in increasing the absorption and bioavailability of ascorbate in the body. Essentially, the Vitamin C metabolites make the vitamin C more potent by facilitating intercellular transport of Vitamin C across the intestinal wall and reducing the likelihood of the Vitamin C getting filtered out of the body.

In addition, Nutra-C® is pH neutral so it is gentle on the stomach and ideal for individuals with sensitivity to acidic products. The powder itself is free flowing, tan in color, neutral in taste, and has a pleasant sweet odor.

Calcium and Magnesium

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Nutra-C® also has two added bonuses that no other Vitamin C has: calcium and magnesium. It contains approximately 9% Ca and 1% Mg, and no more than 8% moisture by weight. Calcium is an important mineral that is used for building bones and teeth, enabling our blood to clot, allowing our muscles to contract, and allowing our heart to pump blood throughout the body. Similar to Vitamin C, our body cannot produce Calcium on its own, which is why we must get it through our diet. Without adequate levels of Calcium, the bones will lose its density and become weaker, and thus increasing the chances for getting osteoporosis. The addition of calcium in Nutra-C® helps neutralize the acidic properties of ascorbic acid in the stomach, which explains how Nutra-C® is non-acidic.

The reason why Magnesium was added into the Nutra-C® formula is due to Magnesium's unique ability to help with calcium uptake by stimulating a hormone called calcitonin, which helps withdraw calcium from the blood and bring it back into the bones. In addition, Magnesium plays an important role in some of the brain's major functions, such as enhancing learning abilities, and supporting both long term and short term memory retention.

Benefits of Nutra-C®

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Clinical studies have shown numerous benefits of Nutra-C® in both humans and animals. The studies found that in comparison to ascorbic acid, Nutra-C® has the following benefits:

As you can see, Nutra-C® is a unique and powerful non-acidic Vitamin C ingredient ideal for many applications. These applications include tablets, capsules, soft gels, beverages, food and much more!

With numerous health benefits compared to regular ascorbic acid, it is easy to see why many supplement manufacturers are turning to Nutra-C® as their #1 Vitamin C choice. To request pricing or to request a sample for evaluation, contact a representative today via phone (805-676-1098) or via email (