Variations of vitamin c

Vitamin C plays a vital role in our bodies. I have read that people are using high dose vitamin C for this current 'virus'. For years, high doses of vitamin C has been an alternative treatment pathway for many ailments and diseases.

Because it’s a water soluble vitamin, vitamin C isn’t stored by the body and must be continually replaced, hence why many people seek out supplements. Below are some of the main variations of vitamin C available.

Ascorbic acid is the "proper" name for vitamin C, it's the isolated nutrient that is part of vitamin C but it is not the whole vitamin C. It's the most readily available supplement form either available in natural or synthetic form, as chewable tablets, capsules, liquids and powders. There are numerous studies that show that natural and synthetic forms are chemically identical and show no difference in bioavailability or bioactivity, but its always best to get the highest quality supplement available to you. It may irritate the stomach for some individuals, especially when taken in high doses.

Buffered vitamin C consists of mineral salts of ascorbic acid and recommended for people who experience gastrointestinal problems with pure ascorbic acid. Most common mineral ascorbates include sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, potassium ascorbate and magnesium ascorbate. Mineral ascorbates are usually more expensive than ascorbic acid and much gentler on the gastrointestinal system.

Vitamin C with bioflavonoids as bioflavonoids are plant compounds that function as antioxidants. Some research suggests bioflavonoids increase the bioavailability of ascorbic acid.

Topical vitamin C in serum form it can be applied directly to skin for protective antioxidant benefits. Many facial skin serums for anti-aging use vitamin C and has great benefits.

Liposomal vitamin C. Liposomes are spheres made of phospholipids which are the primary building blocks of cell membranes, they bond easily with cell membranes to deliver the nutrient intracellularly. It is said that this type offers a high absorption rate by the body.

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