Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that protects the body from cold, flu, and other diseases. It is an antioxidant that helps in strengthening the immune system. Vitamin C also aids wound healing, prevents damage caused by free radicals, absorption of plant-based iron, and formation of connective tissue and collagen.
The recommended dietary intake of Vitamin C is a minimum of 45mg/per day and the human body cannot produce vitamin C on its own. The body gets vitamin C from fruits and vegetables such as oranges, broccoli, potatoes, Brussel sprouts, pepper, strawberries, and many more.
The addition of Vitamin C supplements to your diet will also increase your Vitamin C intake. The supplement will provide the health benefit you need if you are not getting enough from your fruits and vegetables.
Read on as Shedir Pharma, a company leading in the wholesale sector of supplements in Piano di Sorrento Italy, and organizes trips and conference all over the world takes us through the best guide to Vitamin C supplements
Types of vitamin C supplements
Vitamin C supplement is available in different forms and they include:
Calcium ascorbic is a calcium salt containing calcium and ascorbic acid. This type of Vitamin C decreases the acidity of ascorbic acid making it a better option for people who have sensitive stomachs. It is also the best Vitamin C for patients that can not tolerate other types of vitamin C because of underlying disease.
Calcium ascorbic is found in many multivitamins in combination with other mineral ascorbates such as magnesium ascorbate, molybdenum ascorbate, and others. It is important to always check the amount of mineral ascorbate in a mineral ascorbates supplement while purchasing it. This is to avoid excising the recommended daily intake of the supplement.
Sodium ascorbate is a form of ascorbic acid that contains sodium molecules. This molecule helps in reducing the natural acidity of the ascorbic. Sodium ascorbate is the best alternative for people who experience heartburn or stomach upset when they take the pure form of Vitamin C. It is not a good choice for patients monitoring their sodium intake or those who are sensitive to sodium.
Fillers and additives
Many vitamin C supplements often contain additives and fillers. They are used for binding the supplement ingredients together but most additives are not good for human health. Therefore, avoid vitamin C supplements containing additives and fillers such as magnesium stearate, added sugar, artificial color, hydrogenated oils, and many more.
Vitamin C supplement dosage
Vitamin C supplements are available in different dosage forms which range from 25mg to 2,000mg. The supplement should be taken in smaller doses throughout the day because the body absorbs little at a time. VitaminC is also water-soluble therefore, the kidney removes excess doses from the body. This is why it is often advised that the supplement should be taken as directed by the doctor to avoid overdose.
Vitamin C supplement form
The supplements are available in different forms and the most common forms are tablets, powder, capsules, and pills. Their mechanisms of action are all very effective but different. While powder digest easily, capsules take a longer time to digest and also cause nausea.
Vegan vitamin C supplement
Are you vegan and not comfortable consuming animal products? There are many vegan Vitamin C supplements you can choose from. It is also important to stay away from Vitamin C supplements containing gelatin as they are derived from animals.