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Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamin C - Does it matter?

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Under certain circumstances it may be a good idea to consider the supplementation of vitamin C in your diet. However, over 90% of all C vitamin products on the market today are nothing more, than synthetically made ascorbic acid - or variations, like calcium-ascorbate, magnesium-ascorbate, or potassium-ascorbate.

Despite marketing claims, these laboratory-produced powders like ascorbic acid are NOT equal to naturally complex vitamin C - and are far from it. They are chemically synthesized molecules, industrially produced, and are sometimes made from genetically modified corn sugar, and nowadays are mostly produced in China. These synthetic molecules mimic only one component of the multitude of life-supporting nutrient complexes found in real natural vitamin C complex. Although some sources will go to great lengths to try to convince you that synthetic C, such as ascorbic acid, has the same effect as food source C complex, there is growing evidence to the contrary. 

Today, many scientific studies have demonstrated the important health-enhancing and antioxidant benefits of the C complex vitamins. What many people may not know is that much of this research has been conducted using foods high in vitamin C, not synthetic ascorbic acid supplements. This is a very significant distinction - since many scientists and healthcare providers now emphasize the importance of obtaining all our nutrients from whole nutrient sources.

The proven health benefits associated with the C vitamin are actually created by the intricate, complex symphony of phytonutrients and supportive co-factors naturally found only in whole nutrient sources, not in isolated, synthesized molecules. In short, test-tube, synthetic C such as ascorbic acid simply cannot re-create the magnificent synergy of a whole-nutrient C complex - from sources like camu-camu and acerola berries, or barley grass.

Over time, taking synthetic ascorbic acid products may have negative effects on your health. Don’t be fooled by products that advertise C products along with rose hips or acerola - they usually contain only token amounts of the “real” nutrients - you’re still getting mostly ascorbic acid or synthetic C.

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