LifeSource Vitamins Superior C 500mg contains the Vitamin C metabolite,
Threonic Acid, which has been shown to enhance cellular uptake of
Vitamin C. This buffered, is a non-acidic Vitamin C supplement that is
superior as it also contains Alpha Lipoic Acid, an antioxidant known to
help regenerate Vitamin C in the body. Furthermore, studies suggest
that Alpha Lipoic Acid may enhance the body's utilization of Vitamin C.
The addition of Bioflavonoids as synergists helps to create a
well-absorbed, highly effective Vitamin C supplement.
A better choice than Ester C!
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 an
antioxidant - scavenging free radicals and protecting cells from oxidation.
But now there is another form of Vitamin C known as LifeSource's Superior C, which is involved in producing
metabolites of Vitamin C known as threonic acid. These metabolites increase
the viability of Vitamin C increasing the activity twice that of normal
The metabolics allows our Superior C 500 mg to work by:
Increasing viability of Vitamin C
Increasing the activity twice that of conventional vitamin C to utilize
vitamin C for health and healing*
Stores in cells and tissues twice as long giving the body a greater
opportunity to absorb vitamin C for health and healing*
Absorbed approximately 4 times the rate of normal vitamin C
Has a P.H. level equivalent to distilled water reducing the possible
occurrences or diarrhea and gastric irritation sometimes associated with
high levels of Vitamin C. Ester 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 It's Metabolites
By Richard Passwater, Ph.D.
Vitamin C metabolite, Threonic Acid Advanced vitamin C is quickly absorbed,
reaches higher intercellular levels, and is excreted more slowly.
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
In March, this respected journal reviewed additional functions of vitamin C
in an article entitled "Vitamin C: Newer Insights into its Biochemical
In April, The FASEB Journal (the official publication of the
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) reported two
studies shedding more light on the role of the vitamin C metabolite
L-threonic acid. The first study showed that this acid increases the amount
of vitamin C taken up by the T-cells of the immune system. The second study
showed that L-threonic acid increases the action or "potency" of vitamin C.
(L-threonic acid is available as a food supplement only in the
patent-pending vitamin C formulation from LifeSource Vitamins).
Superior C 500 mg. from LifeSource Vitamins has a better testing result
than Ester C.
Last June, a more detailed report of the role of this metabolite in
potentiating the action of vitamin C in preventing scurvy was published in
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.
Not LifeSource Vitamins! We will never use any nutrients from China.
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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
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
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 to 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
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.
Vitamin C Uptake
Vitamin C metabolite L-threonic acid or its calcium salt, calcium threonate
(the form of L-threonic acid found in LifeSource's Superior C 500mg),
increases vitamin C uptake of cells. Dr. Anthony Veriangierl of the
University of Mississippi has studied this phenomenon in several ways. His
recent study comparing calcium threonate with ascorbic acid confirms
earlier studies showing that the metabolite makes vitamin C more potent,
i.e., more ascorbate activity is provided within the cells. Essentially,
with calcium, vitamin C has been shown to be absorbed more quickly, reach
higher levels, and is excreted more slowly. Now the studies confirm that the
vitamin C uptake of the cells is greater with the metabolite L-threonic
Dr. Veriangieri has shown that adding L-threonic acid to ascorbic acid or
calcium ascorbate results in the same improved vitamin C activity as
provided with calcium threonate. Additionally, he has shown that in a
special breed of laboratory rat called the Osteogenic Disorder Shionogi
(ODS) rat, calcium threonate is four to five times more effective than
ascorbic acid in preventing scurvy. This is the accepted method for
measuring vitamin C activity.
The ODS rats do not manufacture vitamin C in their bodies. Thus, they have
the same genetic handicap that humans do. For this reason, ODS rats may
replace guinea pigs for studying vitamin C.
The researchers concluded, "The results clearly show that, based on
ascorbate activity equivalents, Superior C from LifeSource has more
available ascorbate activity/potency than ascorbic acid (regular vitamin
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
• 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
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
• 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
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
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
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 the 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 role in wound healing and is 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 spasms 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 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.
LifeSource Vitamins - Vitamin C - Superior C, 180 Veg Caps, Tests &
Uploads BETTER than Ester-C, Antioxidant & Cell Protection, No Gas,
Bloating or Diarrhea, Vegetarian Formula, Absorbed approximately 4 times
the rate of normal Vitamin C.
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