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The Truth About Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

18 August 2021
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This blog is for anyone who wants to gain more understanding on supplementing their diet with vitamins. What you're about to learn may surprise you?

When you learn the truth about vitamin C (also known as 'ascorbic acid').

We've all heard of synthetic versions of vitamins but do we really understand what this actually means? Some of us buy vitamins without giving it too much thought, thought into how these so called nutrients are actually made.


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Let's look at the word synthetic and what it actually means...

This was taken from Definitions from Oxford Languages:

(of a substance) made by chemical synthesis, especially to imitate a natural product.

"synthetic rubber"

Kind of says it all right there doesn't it?

Synthetic equals manmade, that involves chemicals, to try to produce something that already exists in nature. Yeah, makes perfect sense right? 😏

The only thing that makes sense is for those companies who produce synthetic vitamin C and this is purely from a monetary point of view as isolated ascorbic acid (often sourced from GMO corn!) is incredibly cheap to produce.

I was shocked but then also not surprised when I learned of this. 🌽


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Ascorbic Acid is an Isolated Part of Vitamin C

Ascorbic acid is the isolated part of vitamin C - just one layer of the vitamin C complex (the outer layer in fact) and consuming just this one part would not give you what your body requires, and as you'll soon learn, it could actually do more harm than good!

We don't want our vitamin C complex isolated, we want it it all its glory and complexity, flavonoids and all.


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Choose Your Vitamin C Wisely

What is truly alarming is the fact that regular consumption of synthetic vitamin C has been linked to cancer due to it contributing to the formation of genotoxins. Consumption of synthetic vitamin C has also been linked to a thickening of arterial walls (Atherosclerosis) - this condition can lead to heart attack, stroke or heart failure.

Something else that's important to mention is the negative effect that taking fake vitamin C (synthetic lab-made vitamin C) is the fact that it can interfere with antioxidant enzymes thus reducing endurance in athletes or anyone exerting themselves regularly.


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Vitamin C is not a Loner

We have been led to believe that it's perfectly fine to take a vitamin C supplement on its own but the truth is, that vitamin C is a socialite - just like most human beings, vitamin C needs others (nutrients) in order for it to do its best work.

Vitamin C does not operate alone!

This vitamin (C) requires cofactors in order for it to function well but also to prevent it from degrading. One of these cofactors is vitamin P (more commonly known as flavonoids).

Acerola cherries contain flavonoids plus many other essential nutrients and cofactors for the proper function of vitamin C!


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Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin

The body easily absorbs water-soluble vitamins (when they're in their natural form and not made in a lab). The fact that the body absorbs these water-soluble vitamins means you won't need to store them in your body, thus keeping you more nutritionally-balanced.

Did you know that your body does not store vitamin C and that you must obtain it from the foods you eat (and selected supplements). Foods such as acerola, camu camu, cherries, kakadu plums, kiwi, oranges, organ meats, lemons, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, guavas, peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parsley, kale, Brussels sprouts, lychees, persimmons, pineapple, papaya and more!


But in All Honesty, who eats enough of the above to get their daily recommended dose of vitamin C? Not many of us! 🤨

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How Can We Up The Ante? (naturally)

While we never suggest people to replace a whole food diet with supplements, if our diet is lacking in variety of wholesome organic vegetables and some fruits, we may unfortunately be creating holes in our diet that need to be filled.


These holes are what we like to refer to as 'Nutritional gaps'. We now know that we must fill these gaps with natural sources of nutrition or we are essentially putting ethanol into a petrol tank that requires diesel, she may run for awhile but eventually she will konk out because the source of fuel (nutrition) is all wrong.


I'm not sure about you, but personally, I like to fuel my body with clean natural sources of energy that don't drain my tank, rather they add vitality and longevity to the system that is my body.


How I do this is via the wholefood sources listed above but also with wholefood supplements such as Perfect Supplements products. Some great natural multivitamins in their range are organic baobab, desiccated liver, matchinga, spirulina and my new favourite (for incredible unmatched natural vitamin C) - Organic Acerola Cherry powder!

Perfect Organic Acerola cherry powder is an excellent source of natural, whole superfood vitamin C with nothing synthetic, nothing artificial and no nasty GMOs, sugars, chemicals or anything potentially harmful that you wouldn't want to put into your body.


    • Ascorbic acid is an isolate version of whole vitamin C made in a lab and usually from GMO (genetically modified corn).
    • Ascorbic acid alone is synthetic and hard to assimilate, absorb and therefore utilise.
    • Regular consumption of ascorbic acid (synthetic) has been shown to cause many health issues such as thickening of arteries (Atherosclerosis) and has been linked to cancer. It has been shown to affect athletic performance as it that it can interfere with antioxidant enzymes.
    • Vitamin C is most absorbable & effective when taken in its whole form from natural (non-synthetic) sources found in foods and certain supplements (supplements made from whole foods such as Acerola cherry).
    • Vitamin C needs other nutrients and cofactors such as flavonoids in order for it to work properly. You find the whole complex form of vitamin C in Acerola cherry.
    • Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and is easily absorbed by the body when it's in its natural form and not manmade in a lab. Again, Acerola is a great option for natural bioavailable vitamin C with all the cofactors and nutrients it needs to work.
    • Fuelling our body with the right kind of nutrients in their most natural form is like fuelling a car with the right fuel, the better the fuel, the better things run.

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*Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.


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