Esterified Vitamin C-500 Complex: is a scientifically advanced and clean form of Vitamin C that has shown to bind ascorbic acid to lipid metabolites such as fatty acids, esters, and fatty alcohols to enhance digestion, absorption, cellular uptake, and retention as well as utilization of essential Vitamin C in the body.
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When it comes to Vitamin C most of us know it for its benefits in the treatments of colds, flu, and infections. But Vitamin C can be valuable in many other health disorders such as allergies, helping to detoxify histamine, wound healing - promoting and stabilizing collagen, and as an antioxidant - scavenging free radicals and protecting cells from oxidation.
Esterified C is shown to be Absorbed approximately 4 times the rate of normal vitamin C
Has a P.H. level equivalent to distilled water reducing the possible occurrences of diarrhea and gastric irritation sometimes associated with high levels of Vitamin C. Esterified C is combined with the Citrus Bioflavonoids which accompanies Vitamin C naturally in nature.
Helps with healthy teeth, gums & bones; helps heal wounds, scar tissue, and fractures; prevents scurvy; builds resistance to infection; aids in the prevention and treatment of the common cold; gives strength to blood vessels; aids in the absorption of iron*
Vitamin C and Its Metabolites
By Richard Passwater, Ph.D.
Recent research reports have increased our comprehension of what vitamin C does, how megavitamin amounts of vitamin C supercharge cells, and how a vitamin C metabolite increases the "potency" of vitamin C. These new findings will help us understand how megavitamin quantities of vitamin C can bring us "super health," and may even lead to better targeting of vitamin C in the body.
In January, the conservative Nutrition Reviews discussed (and this is their article title) "Ascorbic Acid Levels in Cells May Be Higher Than First Believed." Wow! Have they finally discovered that megavitamin doses are absorbed by cells and lead to greater activity than the meager RDA quantities?
In March, this respected journal reviewed additional functions of vitamin C in an article entitled "Vitamin C: Newer Insights into its Biochemical Functions.
Did you know: China now manufactures over 90 percent of the Vitamin C consumed in the United States? China is the most polluted nation on the planet (by far), yet most vitamin companies use nutrients from China to use in their natural products to save money.
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Many people call vitamin C "the master nutrient" because its actions are so extensive and so diverse. Vitamin C is involved in so many biochemical pathways that a deficiency can produce a multitude of disorders.
Physicians and scientists have long wondered how scurvy - a simple vitamin deficiency - can cause so much to go wrong in the body. The gruesome symptoms include loosened joints, bleeding gums, psychotic disorders, black and blue spots, and broken capillaries, just to name a few which occur before death. Now we are beginning to understand: it is not only what reactions vitamin C is directly involved in, but also what it is indirectly involved in that's important to stay healthy.
Recently, we have begun to understand two additional functions of vitamin C. These functions were re-reviewed by Dr. Harish Padh at the University of Chicago.
The first new realization involves vitamin C's role as an antioxidant in terms of protecting body components by scavenging free radicals. Now we're finding out that vitamin C is an antioxidant in the sense that it keeps the mineral portion of certain enzymes in their proper reduced electronic state.
Minerals such as iron and copper are key components of hundreds of enzymes. Enzymes control body chemistry, and nearly every type of reaction in the body requires a specific enzyme. Enzymes that depend on iron and copper won't work if these minerals are oxidized to a higher electronic state. What vitamin C does is restore this required electronic state and thus rejuvenate oxidized enzymes.
Dr. Padh concludes, "The available data suggest that perhaps the most significant role of ascorbate is as a reductant that, along with other reducing agents, minimizes damage by oxidative processes. This role includes keeping the iron and copper ions of some enzymes in their required reduced form and in neutralizing harmful oxidants and free radicals."
With this new comprehension, we will be able to understand much more about how vitamin C affects such diverse body functions.
When you add to this new comprehension that cells can hold and use more than previously thought, all of a sudden we can begin to explain how megavitamin levels of vitamin C work.
The concentration of ascorbic acid in cells could be as high as several millimolar, considerably higher than previous estimates. This applies to human peripheral mononuclear leukocytes, B lymphocytes, and T lymphocytes (T-cells).
The report also states, "The new data comes after learning that neutrophils appear to have both low- and high-affinity membrane transporters for ascorbic acid... Having two transport systems of different affinities and capacities give cells the flexibility to respond and adjust to quite different extracellular concentrations of the vitamin."
The problem was that the old way of measuring vitamin C content and uptake of cells was wrong. The analytical methods were lacking speed and precision and were less sensitive. Now we know that cells of the immune system can hold considerably more than once believed. In addition, we now learn that cells have two mechanisms of vitamin C uptake. There must be a reason! This will open the minds of more medical researchers.
As long ago as 1971, the importance of vitamin C to the immune system was known. Drs. Lawrence DeChatelet, Charles McCall, and Robert Cooper reported vitamin C stimulated the increased activity of white blood fells. Without copious amounts of vitamin C, engulfment of bacteria by white cells can take place, but they can't break down the bacteria as effectively.
So, we are learning more about vitamin C and it uses all the time. Soon a multi-centered study of vitamin C and the immune system will be published that will change the way in which physicians think about vitamin C. This may really be an exciting year.
Vitamin C- Facts
• Vitamin C is a vitamin that’s water-soluble; crucial on an everyday basis for one’s body.
• The key micro-nutrient that boosts up one’s immune system; it can’t be stored within the body similar to the other vitamins that are fat-soluble (like A, E, D, & K).
• Ascorbic acid is used as a food preservative as it’s reasonably priced and it doesn’t meddle with the flavor of food that’s processed. This determines adequate delivery of vitamins into one’s body by means of food that’s processed.
• Raw vegetables and fruits must be consumed as and when possible. They must be refrigerated inside air-tight containers.
• This vitamin is effortlessly washed out throughout the preparation of food and its storage. Therefore, care must be taken when you are chopping, boiling, and cooking the food in order to evade the aggrandizement of a specific process.
Vitamin C- Functional Benefits
• Ascorbic acid plays an essential role in collagen synthesis which strengthens blood vessels, bones, and ligaments.*
• It takes steps against the free radicals through its oxidant-defiant properties and as a result aids in preserving and repair of tissues in the body.*
• Essential for healthy teeth and gums.*
• Aids in the emission of the adrenal hormones.*
• Augments calcium and iron absorption.*
• Efficient antiviral agent.*
• Takes steps in improving immunity and fighting against infections.*
• Puts off arteriosclerosis.*
• Lowers cholesterol*
Facts Regarding a Vitamin C Deficiency
Placid deficiencies source fatigue, swollen gums, lack of energy, and nose bleeding. A fatal ailment attributable to an unpleasant deficiency of Vitamin C is Scurvy. It takes into account the subsequent symptoms:
• Easy bruising
• Skin hemorrhages
• Loose teeth
• Joint soreness and swelling
• Bleeding gums
• Dry skin
• Delayed injury healing
• Hair loss
• Chronic anemia
Deficiency Symptoms in Adults and Children
A vitamin C deficiency can result in a dangerous disease called scurvy. Swelling of the body, pain in the joints, bruising or bleeding very easily, and hair loss are common symptoms of scurvy.
These symptoms are signs that blood vessels in the body have lost their strength and also signal a loss of collagen from the body. However, scurvy occurs when a person has a vitamin C deficiency for a substantially long period like 2 to 3 months. It is true that early signs are not very indicative of the disease, but one can always consume foodstuffs with a high vitamin C content to cure the disease.
When a person's body becomes deficient in vitamin C, it can also lead to thyroid-related problems and premature aging. The human body's immune system also gets depleted and as a result, various toxic substances become even more dangerous.
The deficiency symptoms in children are more or less similar, apart from the fact that their bone growth may be impaired. This problem is more common among infants and growing children.
Symptoms of a Vitamin C Deficiency
Vitamin C deficiency creates neurological problems
A recent study conducted at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Neuroscience in Nashville, Tennessee, and recorded in the Journal of Neurochemistry October 2012, came up with some interesting observations.
They used mice that were genetically engineered to deactivate the genes that normally provide their own vitamin C. Of course, those mice are kept alive and healthy by externally providing them vitamin C with ascorbic acid (AA).
But for the purposes of this study, they created periods of not providing AA and then reintroducing it. Before and after each period, blood samples were taken. During each deprivation period, behavioral patterns were observed and noted.
Depressive and submissive behavior was noted during the initial absence of AA. Compulsions for consuming glucose above all other food types were observed.
After depriving the mice of AA a second time, blood samples indicated "... decreased blood glucose levels, oxidative damage to lipids and proteins in the cortex, and decreases in dopamine and serotonin metabolites in both the cortex and striatum." In other words, neurological damage.
The miraculous results of IV mega-dose vitamin C or liposomal high cellular absorption vitamin C have been achieved by ortho-molecular medical MDs who have used mega-dose minerals and vitamins for decades, resolving extreme physiological and psychological problems.
Vitamin C’s major role is to make collagen, the main protein substance of the human body that holds connective tissues together in skin, bone, teeth, and other parts of the body. Vitamin C is also critical for the proper function of our immune system, for manufacturing certain nerve transmitting substances and hormones, and for the absorption and utilization of other nutrients, such as Vitamin E and Iron. Vitamin C is also a very important and powerful antioxidant that works in the aqueous (water) environments of the body, such as the lungs and lens of the eye. Its primary antioxidant partners are Vitamin E and the carotenes, as well as working along with the antioxidant enzymes. Vitamin C regenerates oxidized Vitamin E, and restores the antioxidant potential of Vitamin E in the body. Chewable Vitamin C is recommended to be part of a daily regimen.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that functions as a powerful antioxidant. Acting as an antioxidant, one of vitamin C’s important functions is to protect LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage. (Only when LDL is damaged, does cholesterol appear to lead to heart disease, and vitamin C may be the most important antioxidant protector of LDL.)
Vitamin C is needed to make collagen, the “glue” that strengthens many parts of the body, such as muscles and blood vessels. Vitamin C also plays important roles in wound healing and as a natural antihistamine. This vitamin also aids in the formation of liver bile and helps to fight viruses and to detoxify alcohol and other substances.
Although vitamin C appears to have only a small effect in preventing the common cold, it reduces the duration and severity of a cold. Large amounts of vitamin C (e.g., 1–8 grams daily) taken at the onset of a cold episode shorten the duration of illness by an average of 23%.
Recently, researchers have shown that vitamin C improves nitric oxide activity. Nitric oxide is needed for the dilation of blood vessels, potentially important in lowering blood pressure and preventing spasm of arteries in the heart that might otherwise lead to heart attacks. Vitamin C has reversed the dysfunction of cells lining blood vessels. The normalization of the functioning of these cells may be linked to the prevention of heart disease.
Evidence indicates that vitamin C levels in the eye decrease with age and that supplementing with vitamin C prevents this decrease, leading to a lower risk of developing cataracts. Healthy people have been reported to be more likely to take vitamin C and vitamin E supplements than those with cataracts in some, but not all, studies.
Vitamin C has been reported to reduce the activity of the enzyme aldose reductase in people. Aldose reductase is the enzyme responsible for the accumulation of sorbitol in the eyes, nerves, and kidneys of people with diabetes. This accumulation is believed to be responsible for the deterioration of these parts of the body associated with diabetes. Therefore, interference with the activity of aldose reductase theoretically helps protect people with diabetes.
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