Ascorbate (vitamin C) is a reducing sugar (has a reactive ene-diol structure) that is involved in biochemical processes such as hydroxylation of proline and lysine utilized in the formation of collagen and healthy connective tissue. A deficiency in Ascorbate results in a disease called scurvy which manifests as weakened collagen fibers, rotting teeth, delayed healing and open sores on the skin. Ascorbate is involved in many other vital functions such as the mobilization of iron, stimulation of immune system and as an anti-oxidant for scavenging of reactive free radicals.
Is this a necessary vitamin or can our bodies make enough to satisfy our needs?
Many plants and animals do not need to consume foods high in ascorbic acid to meet their need for Vitamin C because they are genetically programmed to produce enzymes that convert glucose into ascorbic acid. Unfortunately humans have only 3 of the 4 enzymes necessary for internal production of ascorbic acid, therefore we must satisfy our physical needs for this important vitamin through our intake of foods rich in vitamin C and/or take a good supplement.
What is the function of the Citrus Bioflavonoids?
Bioflavonoids are biologically active Flavonoid compounds found throughout the entire plant kingdom. Since the discovery of Flavonoids in 1936 when they were first isolated from lemons and called citrin and Vitamin P over 4,000 different types have been characterized. Though there are several forms of Bioflavonoids in the complex the predominant form is Hesperidin. These Flavonoids exhibit beneficial effects on capillary permeability and therefore support blood flow. They are antioxidants that work synergistically with Vitamin C as well as exhibiting anti-inflammatory activity.
Vitamin C fortifies the immune system against virus infections, strengthens blood vessels, reduces cardiovascular abnormalities, lowers fat and cholesterol levels, acts as a natural anesthetic to reduce many kinds of pain, helps detoxify chemical and metal contaminants found in air, water and food, slows down lactic acid buildup, helps heal wounds, scar tissue and injuries. Vitamin C is also necessary in the formation of connective tissue.
A new study shows not getting enough vitamin C in your diet can increase the risk of stroke, especially among men with high blood pressure or who are overweight. Researchers found that men with the lowest levels of vitamin C in their blood were nearly two and half times more likely to have a stroke than were men who had the highest levels of vitamin C in their blood. And the risk grew if the man had high blood pressure or was overweight.
A new study, reported in the Archives of Neurology, conclude that using higher dosages of Vitamin E and Vitamin C combinations reduce the prevalence and incidence of Alzheimer's Disease. The antioxidant properties may protect the brain from oxidative damage associated with Alzheimer's Disease.
Performance Daily Allowance is 800 mg. to 3,000 mg. Estimated Safe range of is 1,000 mg. to 5,000 mg. Dosages in excess of 10,000 mg. per day has been noted to be tolerable for high stress environments.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 250
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 1000 mg
Citrus Bioflavonoids as Hesperidin) 100 mg
Rutin 25 mg
Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule), Stearic Acid and Magnesium Stearate.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily with meals, or as recommended by a physician, licensed nutritionist or personal trainer. For best results, take capsules with a full glass of water.