What is ascorbic acid?
So the first question is, is a scorebook acid, vitamin C. Well, according to the dictionary, it is, but there’s an interesting change in the dictionary, apparently in the older dictionaries, which I have quite a few different dictionaries. the definition of vitamin C is not ascorbic acid that was actually updated later in the dictionary. So if you’re reading a recent edition of a dictionary, you’re going to find that vitamin C is ascorbic acid, but is it really the type of square BIC acids sold and vitamins nowadays? Is that very similar to vitamin C? That is in nature?
what you need to know is this 80% of all the ascorbic acid sold in the world comes from China. And the rest of it is manufactured by mainly two other chemical companies and they make it from glucose, from sugar and, other chemicals sometimes they’ll use software like acid, and the sugar usually comes from corn. So is it possible that this manufactured chemical can be the same as the vitamin C you would get in nature? In my opinion is not the same. It’s actually very different.
personally ever take a synthetic, square acid and a certain dosage, well, maybe for detox cleanse, but definitely not as a routine thing, but this post is about increasing your awareness of the type of vitamin C that you’re probably might be taking. And just so you have all the data, because when someone tells you that there’s no difference between synthetic ascorbic acid and vitamin C, they’re both the same thing. Well, actually that’s not a hundred percent true.
Surprising things about vitamin C
a really interesting data on vitamin C as far as the research and the conclusion of a lot of the randomized controlled trials is that there is little to no benefit from taking high doses of ascorbic acid. There are some mixed results with lessening, the side effects of cancer, but there is a lot of misinterpretation. You should check it out. So the research on Kohl’s, cancer, heart benefits, mortality, and sports performance. It’s a very, very minimal if zero benefits.
I think regarding colds, the reason why it may help you is that ascorbic acid is acidic. And I do know that taking an acid tends to, put the phagocytes in high gear. It makes them work faster. And the phagocytes are part of the immune system that tends to clean up everything. But you can do the same thing outside of vinegar. Why would you need to take a square pick acid? So number one, little to no benefit.
Number two, most of the vitamin C sold out there is fake. And I’m talking about synthetic of just one part of the vitamin C complex that comes. If we compare this to nature if we look in nature, vitamin C comes in a complex with different parts, you have the antioxidant part, which is the square acid. You have, you have other parts like flavonoids. You have, the J factor, which helps with oxygen.
You have your vitamin K, which is part of that complex, which helps decrease bleeding. And you also have copper in a certain enzyme form because most vitamin complexes come with a mineral. But the point is that in nature, you have many, many other parts of the vitamin C complex, not to mention all the final nutrients and, the plant-based chemicals that we haven’t even discovered yet as well.
We’re constantly discovering new phytonutrients that come with different vitamins and minerals. So if you were to look at maybe the top 10 sold, vitamin C supplements on Amazon and look in the back of the label, you’re going to notice that they all say ascorbic acid, but they might add a pinch of rose hips, you know, but they’re based on a score book acid in large quantities, either 500 milligrams to a thousand or 2000 milligrams per serving size. Now normal RDA would be something like 70 or 80 milligrams.
. But you’re getting 500 to over a thousand milligrams of the synthetic version of a part of the whole vitamin C complex. Now this type of vitamin C is very, very inexpensive. It was very, very cheap. And this is why when you buy synthetic vitamin C, it’s going to be like, might be five, seven, $10 for a whole bottle. Well, that’s because of the ingredients. So when you get a vitamin, it’s very, very important to read the label to make sure that it’s not synthetic.
Of course, I’m not biased about my vitamin C, but I wanted to point out two things. Number one, does it come from real food? Is that a vitamin complex? And does it actually list the type of food that’s on there? Does it come from blueberries as to roll a Berry Strawberry, et cetera? And then what form does it come in? Is it freeze-dried? Is it organic or is it just conventional? These are all important factors because the thing about vitamin C is that, it’s destroyed with heat and light. And so this is why when you drink orange juice has been pasteurized cooked.
You’re getting very little vitamin C unless they add the ascorbic acid back in it as a preservative. And the best type of vitamin C that you can get is from food or food-based vitamins. And the food that has the highest vitamin C is going to be leafy greens. It could be in the berries. It can also be in lemons as well as their appeal, but you can also get vitamin C from organ meats, liver, kidney, adrenal glands, and even the brain. But the problem is a lot of people don’t like organ meats, but then again, a lot of people don’t like vegetables too.
So there’s a couple of foods that are really, really high in vitamin C peppers, sauerkraut. But if you’re going to buy a very cheap vitamin C supplement, realize what you’re really getting is you’re just getting plain ascorbic acid, which is made chemically from corn and salt Erick acid. Now another point I want to bring up about vitamin C is that it doesn’t really get absorbed that well if you’re consuming sugar at the same time.
So if your vitamin C is a Tribble, and it has sugar in it, like fructose or glucose or high fructose corn syrup or multiple dextrins, which by the way, many times, the way that they, dry this ascorbic acid out in the chemical companies is they use a spray agent called maltodextrin. So we’re adding this ascorbic acid, which is a sugar, and that’s going to impair the absorption of vitamin C. why?
Well, it’s because the chemistry of vitamin C is very, very similar to the chemistry of glucose. And so if the body has a chance, it’s always going to go after the glucose first, before the vitamin C. So if you’re taking some refined carbs or sugar at the same time, you’re taking vitamin C, you’re not gonna absorb vitamin C.
The next point I want to bring up is if someone’s using a mega dose of ascorbic acid and they’re using it as an antioxidant, there’s, some interesting data that this so-called antioxidant turns into a pro-oxidant, it creates more oxidation. And that really has to do with any oxidants in nature, always come as a network, not as an individual antioxidant. So as soon as this antioxidant donates its electron.
It becomes unstable. It becomes a free, radical, but square BIC acid. A lot of times we’ll give you diarrhea, and bloating, and it can even act as a pro-oxidant, not as an antioxidant. So in summary, it’s best to get your vitamin C from actual food or food-based vitamins, not the synthetic version of a part of the vitamin C complex, unless you’re doing maybe a short-term cleanse, but you don’t want to take it on a longterm basis.