I NEVER recommend using ascorbic acid. Here's why.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Doctors and practitioners who don't know better, equate vitamin C with ascorbic acid, as though they were the same thing. THEY ARE NOT!

Ascorbic acid is an isolate, a fraction, a distillate of naturally occurring vitamin C. In addition to ascorbic acid, vitamin C must include rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, tyrosinase, ascorbinogen, and other components.In addition, mineral co-factors must be available in proper amounts.

If any of these parts are missing, there is no vitamin C and no vitamin activity. When some of them are present, the body will draw on its own stores to make up the differences so that the whole vitamin may be present. Only then will vitamin activity take place, provided that all other conditions and co-factors are present. Ascorbic acid is described merely as the “antioxidant wrapper” portion of vitamin C. Ascorbic acid protects the functional parts of the vitamin from rapid oxidation or breakdown.

Over 90% of ascorbic acid in this country is manufactured at a drug facilities in New Jersey.  There ascorbic acid is made from a process involving cornstarch and volatile acids. Most U.S. vitamin companies then buy the bulk ascorbic acid from these facilities. After that, marketing takes over. Each company makes its own labels, its own claims and its own formulations.  Each one claims to have the superior form of vitamin C, even though it all comes from the same place, and it’s really not vitamin C at all.

Ascorbic acid is NOT real Vitamin C. It is a synthetic C made in a lab from gmo corn. Corn is a grain. Grains irritate the gut and cause inflammation. Your body only absorbs 10% of ascorbic acid, the rest is lost in your urine.

REAL VITAMIN C from whole food has a profound effect on viruses and bacteria. In studies, Vitamin C in megadoses administered before or after the appearance of a viral symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms. Vitamin C speeds recovery too! There’s evidence that it can help with symptoms that develop in critically ill patients with COVID (such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis).

REAL VITAMIN C from whole food is 100% recognized, absorbed and utilized by the body.