Vitamin C Faq's

Q: How is whole-food vitamin C supplements different from synthetic vitamin C supplements?

A: In nature, vitamins do not exist as single components that act in isolation. Vitamins are composed of numerous cofactors that work together to nourish the body and produce health benefits. Vitamins that occur naturally in whole foods include all these essential cofactors. However, the majority of vitamins on the market today are synthetic vitamins, which are only isolated portions of the vitamins. Vitamin C supplement is a good example—most vitamin C supplements contain only ascorbic acid, which is only one component of the entire vitamin C complex. The body has to collect all of the compounds of the full vitamin C complex from its tissues in order to use isolated ascorbic acid. If your body cannot supply the other components from its reserves, it cannot utilize and derive any benefit from ascorbic acid.

Pure Radiance C supplement is an organic 100% natural, whole-food source of vitamin C supplement. In addition to vitamin C–rich camu camu and acerola berries, it contains a proprietary blend of organic and wild berries, rose hips, lemon peel and sprouts that contribute highly beneficial cofactors such as bioflavonoids, quercetin, hesperiden, anthocyanins and proanthocyanins, and rutin. These cofactors are crucial for your body to obtain the full benefits of whole-food vitamin C supplement.

Q: I’ve read about studies showing that whole-food vitamin C supplement and ascorbic acid are biochemically identical. How, then, can whole-food vitamin C supplements be superior?

A: While it may be true that food-form ascorbic acid is biochemically indistinguishable from synthetic ascorbic acid, the advantage of taking a whole-food vitamin C supplement goes far beyond the ascorbic acid portion of the vitamin. We have been led to look at ascorbic acid as true vitamin C supplement, when, in reality, ascorbic acid is only one molecule out of the hundreds that make up food-form vitamin C powder. Food-form vitamin C supplements provides your body with much more than just ascorbic acid. For example, our bodies require food-form vitamin C to manufacture collagen, which is like the glue that holds your body together. Our bodies do not get the pieces of the puzzle needed to manufacture collagen from ascorbic acid alone. As a 100% food-form vitamin C supplement, Pure Radiance C powder provides hundreds of components in addition to ascorbic acid.

Q: Is Pure Radiance C acidic?

A: No — unlike isolated and synthetic ascorbic acid (which is the form of vitamin C powder found in nearly all other vitamin C supplements), the organic and wildcrafted berries of Pure Radiance C powderare very gentle on your stomach.

Q: Is the vitamin C in your Pure Radiance C powder more concentrated than the ascorbic acid in synthetic vitamin C supplements?

A: Comparing amounts of ascorbic acid to the whole-food vitamin C supplement in Pure Radiance C powder is a bit difficult because they are not really the same thing. Whole-food vitamin C is much more than ascorbic acid, as it is always connected to a multitude of other compounds wherever it is found in food sources. The health benefits we associate with vitamin C supplements come not only from ascorbic acid, but also from the synergistic interaction of numerous phytonutrients, including bioflavonoids, polyphenols, catechins, anthocyanins, rutin, enzymes, and tyrosinase. Since Pure Radiance C powder is more bioavailable than isolated ascorbic acid and is more readily absorbed and recognized by your body due to the many cofactors present, it can be said to be more potent.

Q: How does Pure Radiance C powder taste?

A: The camu and acerola berries are harvested just before they are ripe, to obtain the highest content of natural vitamin C powder. Therefore, the resulting powder is very tart, not sweet, and while some of our customers enjoy the taste and eat the powder off a spoon, we do recommend mixing the product in water or juice.

Q: How much Pure Radiance C powder can I give my child?

A: A child’s serving size can be the same amount as an adult’s, which is one capsule, three times a day, or 1/4 teaspoon powder three times a day. Pure Radiance C powder is completely water soluble.

Q: I am accustomed to taking vitamin C supplements that provide 1,000 mg of ascorbic acid. Why does Pure Radiance C provide provide only 120 mg of vitamin C?

A: It is not beneficial to take large doses of vitamin C  supplement—studies show that our bodies can absorb only about 200 mg of vitamin C at one time, and anything more is simply flushed out. For this reason, it is advisable to take vitamin C supplement in moderate quantities several times a day, rather than all at once. This allows the body to maintain consistent tissue saturation levels. One serving of Pure Radiance C powder provides 120 mg of naturally occurring ascorbic acid (200% of the RDA), with the vitamin C cofactors making up most of the remaining 530 mg of the 650 mg serving size. To keep your cells saturated with vitamin C at all times, you can take two to three servings of Pure Radiance C powder divided over the course of a day. Frequent, moderate servings will supply a continuous source of vitamin C to your body. Many practitioners recommend taking 5 or more servings throughout the day when one has been exposed to, or is coming down with, a cold or other infection. Studies have shown enhanced immune response facilitated by adequate vitamin C supplement consumption.

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