Vitamin C, or
ascorbic acid, is a white, crystalline, water-soluble substance found
in citrus fruits. As an antioxidant, vitamin C scavenges free radicals
in the body and protects tissues from oxidative stress.
Vitamin C also
promotes the absorption of iron, while preventing its oxidation. Vitamin C is a vital
cofactor to the formation of collagen, the connective tissue that
supports arterial walls, skin, bones, and teeth. A major immune-supporting
activity of vitamin C is boosting glutathione levels in human
lymphocytes, cells that make up about 25% of
all white cells in the blood.
More vitamin C is
contained in the adrenal glands than any other organ in the body and is
required at higher levels during times of stress. Physical stresses on the body
such as ingestion of heavy metals, cigarette smoking, immune impairment, extreme temperatures, and chronic use of certain
medications such as aspirin also signal the need for increased intake
of vitamin C.
Vitamin C Powder contains four buffering
minerals, in addition to ascorbic acid. When mixed with water, this
product produces a reduced-acid solution that is non-irritating to the
stomach and intestinal lining. The minerals also make it a more
pleasant-tasting and healthful drink. The substances used in this
product make it effervesce for a short while when it is mixed with