We’re approaching the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, so you need to keep a supply of quality vitamin C in your medicine cabinet.
Today, many of the less expensive Vitamin C supplements are made from highly processed, high fructose corn sources, and these typically irritate your stomach and bowels. So, you want to avoid these brands – read your labels.
To complicate matters even more, today we have the health and safety concerns from GMO corn, so Vitamin C from “corn” may be even less nutritious and totally benign as a source of Vitamin C.
Back in the olden days, Vitamin C powders were made from the Sago Palm and from cherries. And boy, did they work. So, search for brands using pure and natural fruit sources, and I like the ones from the Sage Palm and from acerola.
Acerola (Malphighia glabra) is a small tree that grows in dry forests. It produces an abundance of bright red fruit with several small seeds that look similar to the European cherry, and is known in the Antilles, Barbados, and Puerto Rico as the West Indian cherry tree.
The mature fruits are juicy and soft with a tart flavor. Acerola grows wild in northeastern Brazil, and is native to northern South America, Central America, and Jamaica. Its cousin, M. punicifolia, grows as far north as Florida and Texas.
Vitamin C from acerola is one the richest known sources of vitamin C. Oranges provide 500 to 4,000 parts per million (ppm) of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, whereas acerola provides ascorbic acid in a range of 16,000 to 172,000 ppm.
Acerola contains up to 4.5% vitamin C, compared to 0.05% in a peeled orange. The vitamin C content of acerola varies depending on ripeness, season, climate, and locality. As the fruit begins to ripen, it loses a great deal of its vitamin content, so most commercially-produced acerola is harvested while the fruit is still green.
Acerola also provides twice as much magnesium, pantothenic acid, and potassium as oranges. It also contains vitamin A (4,300 to 12,500 IU/100 g, compared to approximately 11,000 IU for raw carrots), thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin in concentrations comparable to those in other fruits.
Avoid Vitamin C Made From Corn
Make sure you select a brand that is made from acerola or the Sago Palm. It’s hard to find a Sago Palm source these days because it is more expensive to produce, but it is one of the best and most natural forms of vitamin C that your body will uptake and assimilate very efficiently.
Never Be Constipated Again
Humans do not produce Vitamin C in their livers like all other animals do, so we need more Vitamin C than you think daily.
How much you require depends upon you as an individual, though, because every one is different.
I typically recommend starting with 1,000 mg. of Vitamin C everyday, and then you can increase by 1,000 mg. daily until you have a soft stool.
Remain at this dose, or slightly below, to maintain a soft stool.
You can split the daily dosage into a maximum of three (3) doses if you need to use more than you expected.
You typically need more vitamin C if you are catching a cold or the flu, if you are a smoker, or if you have gotten into a toxin; your stools will get drier at these times because your body is drawing down your vitamin C in order to fight a cold or an illness.
When your body is saturated with natural and healthy forms of Vitamin C, constipation is rarely a problem, and your bowels will eliminate solid wastes two to three times a day, typically after meals like babies do.
So, increase your Vitamin C when you’re detoxing or getting sick.
And eat more cherries …
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.
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