Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin, is essential for the growth, development and repair of tissue throughout the body. Vitamin C supports normal wound healing and maintains healthy bones, teeth, skin and cartilage.†
Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is well-known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system.† Vitamin C contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system.
As a potent antioxidant, vitamin C neutralizes unstable compounds called free-radicals, thereby preventing or reversing cellular damage caused by these compounds. Vitamin C’s antioxidant activity can also decrease inflammation.†
Vitamin C promotes healthy aging and higher intakes of vitamin C are associated with an improved skin appearance in women. Vitamin C supports healthy skin by boosting collagen production, the most abundant protein in the body that provides support and structure.†
Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron from plant-based foods such as beans and lentils.
Certain lifestyle factors, stress and medications can deplete your body’s vitamin C stores. Supplementing with this vitamin ensures that your body receives an adequate supply.†
VitaMedica’s Vitamin C is formulated with buffered vitamin C, a form that is gentler on sensitive stomachs.
Nutrition & Ingredients
How to Use
Directions: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule two times a day. Each individual is unique and nutritional requirements may vary.
Caution: Do not take if safety seal on bottle is broken. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. For adults only. If you are diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding, seek advice of your physician before using this product.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark place.
Not manufactured with wheat, milk, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP-certified facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
1. What are the major functions of vitamin C?
As an antioxidant, vitamin C is needed for tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function and healthy gums. Vitamin C plays a primary role in the formation of collagen. This water-soluble vitamin promotes the healing of wounds, protects against blood clotting and bruising. Vitamin C is involved in immune health and enhances body’s absorption of iron.
2. What role does vitamin C play in health?
Vitamin C is an essential component of collagen, the most abundant protein in the body that is essential for building new bone, cartilage, tendon, skin and other connective tissue. As a result, vitamin C plays an important role in wound healing by supporting the development of new tissue and blood vessels.
Vitamin C works as an antioxidant to quench free-radicals in the aqueous or watery part of cells. It also regenerates other antioxidants and works in concert with vitamin E (which works in lipid environments).
Vitamin C may play a role in the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts and the common cold. Epidemiological studies suggest that high intakes of fruits and vegetables are associated with lower risk of most types of cancer and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Is more vitamin C required under certain conditions?
Yes. Smokers, those exposed to secondhand smoke, older persons and those under stress have a greater need for vitamin C. Certain drugs can reduce the body’s supply of vitamin C including birth control pills, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., Advil), corticosteroids, sulfa drugs and barbiturates.
4. Does vitamin C prevent getting a common cold?
While vitamin C doesn’t prevent getting a common cold, evidence suggests that when taken at high doses, vitamin C may decrease the duration of cold symptoms by a day or so and make the symptoms less severe.
5. What are Bioflavonoids?
Any food that contains vitamin C also contains bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are required for absorption of vitamin C and both work together in the body. Although bioflavonoids are not considered a vitamin, they are sometimes referred to as vitamin P.
6. How much vitamin C should I get daily?
As part of the new dietary supplement labeling laws that went into effect in 2018, the recommended daily intake for many vitamins and minerals changed. In the case of vitamin C, the Daily Value was increased from 60 mg to 90 mg per day.
On a daily basis, obtaining 200-400 mg of vitamin C through dietary and supplemental sources is ideal. However, under times of stress such as following surgery, we recommend a higher level, somewhat closer to 1,000 mg daily.
7. Do I need to take a vitamin C supplement?
Vitamin C must be obtained either through diet or supplementation as unlike most animals and plants, humans have lost the ability to synthesize this nutrient. Vitamin C is water-soluble which means that only a certain amount is used and can’t be stored. Given that any excess is excreted, continually restoring vitamin C is required to ensure adequate intake. Unless you’re eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, you’ll need to augment your diet with a vitamin C supplement.
8. What are the best food sources of vitamin C?
Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C. With 2,000 mg/100 grams, rose hips have one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C. Other plants that are good sources include peppers (red pepper, hot chilies); berries (black currant, loganberry, elderberry, goji, cloudberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cranberry); citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, lime); green vegetables (parsley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach) and other fruits (guava, kiwifruit, papaya, melon).
9. Does the storage and handling of food affect vitamin C content?
Yes. The vitamin C content of foods is reduced with cooking, freezing and then unthawing. Higher temperatures and longer cooking times magnify this effect. Fresh cut fruits do not lose significant vitamin content when stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Eating fruits and vegetables at their peak ripeness in their raw state is the best way to maximize vitamin C intake.
10. What is the best way to take a vitamin C supplement?
Vitamin C is water-soluble, meaning it is not stored in the body and must be replenished each day. Additionally, the body can only absorb a certain amount of this nutrient and then any excess is excreted (our blood becomes saturated with this nutrient at about 200-400 mg per day and concentrations reach a plateau at intakes 1,000-2,500 mg per day). For this reason, if you’re taking vitamin C in supplement form, you’re better off taking the nutrient in divided doses.
11. Should I take extra vitamin C if my multi already contains this vitamin?
Perhaps. Most multis formulated with vitamin C and contain anywhere from 90 mg to 300 mg of this vitamin. The daily upper limit for vitamin C is 2,000 mg in adults. Given the importance of this vitamin to tissue repair and skin health, making sure you obtain an adequate amount through diet and supplementation is important.
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