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How To Choose A Vitamin C Supplement


Ever scanned along a supermarket shelf at the vast array of different supplements and immediately gone into overload?

Chances are you just grabbed the one with the most colourful packaging and hoped for the best.

And when it comes to Vitamin C it's no use thinking that a multivitamin and mineral supplement will supply you with enough because vitamin C is just too big a molecule to cram in so multis only contain a small amount, not enough for our daily needs.

I personally take a good quality multivitamin and mineral daily and alongside that I also take at least 1000mg vitamin C every day. 1000mg is usually one tablet.

However, if I have the first inkling of a cold; you know the feeling, that very first tickle in the nose, I will immediately up the dose to two tablets every four hours as recommended by Patrick Holford. There's good science behind this advice too, vitamin C has been found to be very effective at stopping invading viruses from hooking into our body cells*.

But not all supplements are the same. Try taking those higher doses of cheap vitamin C supplements from your local supermarket and you're likely to give yourself a tummy upset from the fillers and additives in them.

When taking higher doses, you'll know when you are taking more than your body can actually use at that time because the excess will cause loose bowel movements. This is not a problem, just an indicator that you should reduce the dose.

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a good vitamin C supplement:

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  • The most important thing to look for is that the supplement contains bioflavanoids. Bioflavanoids greatly increase the effectiveness of the vitamin C and there should be around 50-100mg bioflavanoids listed in the ingredients. Usually it will say bioflavanoids, but occasionally they will list a specific bioflavanoid such as rutin, acerola or rosehip, which is fine, if that's the case.

  • Look for a product with a nice short ingredient box, no fillers and additives. Like this one

  • If you're good at remembering to take supplements throughout the day then you may want to choose a 500mg tablet and take one in the morning and one later in the day, so that you have a steady spread of vitamin C. Like this one. However if you're anything like me; really good at remembering supplements first thing but then never remember to take any later, then the next option will interest you.

  • There are 'time-release' options for vitamin C. Essentially meaning that you take 1000mg in the morning and the vitamin C is slowly released over the next 8 hours or so. Like this one.

  • Vitamin C can be mildly acidic in the digestive tract in larger doses (5000mg plus). The ascorbate form (e.g. calcium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate) or Ester C are mildly alkaline and more easily tolerated if that causes you a problem. Like this one.

  • You can get vitamin C supplements as chewable tablets or as effervescent tablets but the problem with these is that they normally contain sweeteners to make them more palatable. However a powder form of vitamin C may be the answer for you if you don't like swallowing tablets; just mix into water, drinks or smoothies. They don't tend to contain the bioflavanoids but the powder form do make them easier to digest. Like this one.

  • A supplement is never a substitute for real food naturally full of nutrients, so make sure you're eating vitamin C-rich foods everyday in addition to taking a supplement. Find out which foods here.

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*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18806304?ordinalpos=3&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum%20%5Co%20research

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