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When death lurked at sea
You can’t see it. Or hear it. Or feel it. Or smell it. And yet it can make all the difference between life and death: vitamin C!
Incredible – but true: Just this one tiny little vitamin, which is completely invisible without the aid of a laser mass microscope, really does decide between whether we live or die. That is a fact that was repeatedly borne home in the most painful manner to some two million seafarers in times past, in the years between 1519 and 1857.
10 August 1519: “Trinidad”, a magnificent Spanish galleon and the flagship of the fleet, set out on the first voyage to sail around the world in the history of mankind. However, the plan soon began to go horribly wrong, because after only a few months at sea, the men on the Trinidad began to die like flies. Within a very short time, the ship turned into a stinking, floating coffin.
But what was the cause? It was neither pirates, war nor storm that carried the crew away. What repeatedly took place on ships in the pre-Modern Age is graphically described by seafarer Jacques Cartier in his logbook of 1542, during an expedition to the St. Laurence River: “It was dreadful. An unknown disease began to spread in the most rigorous manner that ever was heard or seen. Some lost all their strength and could no longer stand on their feet. Then their legs swelled. Their muscles shrivelled and became as black as coal. Others found their skin becoming spotted with bloody blemishes of purple colour. It then climbed up to their ankles, thighs, shoulders, arms and necks. Their mouths stank. Their gums became so foul that all the flesh rotted away down to the roots of the teeth, almost all of which fell out. And finally, even the blood vessels burst, and most of the men then died.”
These notes by Jacques Cartier read like scenes from a third-rate horror movie. And yet this illness genuinely raged for a good 300 years on the ships of the time, claiming the lives of a good 2 million mariners in a manner that can be termed no less than horrific. Nowadays, this disease is known to everyone and goes by the name of scurvy! The name is derived from the Latin term “scorbutus” and means “mouth rot”. But what was the reason for the constant outbreaks of scurvy, with all its attendant horrors, at sea? And why mostly only there and not on land? The answer was not finally found until 1753.
An observant physician of the British navy, Dr James Lind, had his suspicions and caused the foodstuffs provided on board the ships to be more closely investigated. The food supplies consisted principally of ship’s biscuit, salt meat and halibut. Dr Lind recognised that these foodstuffs all contained virtually no vitamin C. He immediately ordered large numbers of barrels of sauerkraut and boxes of lemons to be loaded into the holds of the lumbering vessels. Sauerkraut and lemons contain plentiful quantities of vitamin C – and lo and behold, through the intake of just this single vitamin, the principal cause of death at sea was stopped from one day to the next. Sailors no longer died of scurvy.
VITAMIN C – THE MIRACLE WEAPON
If a single vitamin can decide between life and death, it is clearly worth taking a closer look at it. And although vitamin C is unquestionably the best-known vitamin today, most people still associate it “only” with its fortifying effect on the immune system, especially during the cold winter months. That is also why it tends to be mostly taken during that time of year - as a means of preventing colds, for example. And that is a good thing, of course. But vitamin C can do more. Much, much more.
It is arguably the most brilliant invention of nature. If a gold medal had to be given in a competition for the best nutrient substances, vitamin C would in all probability be the winner, for it truly is an all-round genius, performing countless different tasks in the body, and is therefore indispensable throughout the year.
For example, vitamin C plays an extremely important role in the body’s own production of collagen. Most people know collagen for the important role it plays in ensuring a firm skin. And that is indeed one of the things it does. However, collagen does not only occur in the skin. In fact, this protein substance supports the connective tissue in the entire human body. And the connective tissue, in turn, is what holds all the organs, muscles, sinews, tendons and virtually everything else in the body together. It really is everywhere. Even the cerebral membrane, which completely surrounds the brain, consists of connective tissue. The arteries, too, are held together by connective tissue. And that is what ultimately proved fatal for the mariners.
The reason was that three or four months spent on the high seas without vitamin C caused massive disruption to the body’s ability to produce collagen. Consequently, the mariners’ connective tissue grew weaker and weaker. The gums fell in, the teeth fell out, the nose bled, the joints ached, and the blood vessels became brittle - till finally the arteries burst. The inevitable outcome of this was that most of the men on board the ships died of internal bleeding.
So as you can see, vitamin C is infinitely more than just the familiar “anti-cold vitamin”. That is why it is so important to take vitamin C the whole year round. The DGE - the German Nutrition Society - currently recommends that everyone should have an intake of at least 110 mg of vitamin C per day. But is that really enough?
ThE COLD VIRUS WOULD SIMPLY LAUGH
When it’s a matter of preventing dramatic deficiency diseases such as scurvy - yes, fine. But every cold virus would simply laugh if you only took the quantity of vitamin C recommended by the DGE. As a general statement, it can be said that the prevention of serious deficiency diseases has nothing to do with optimum preventative health care. While the DGE’s recommended level – which was, incidentally, simply plucked out of the air and not based on any scientific calculation – is able to prevent typical vitamin deficiency disorders, which break out after a short time, it is not able to prevent the major lifestyle diseases of our time, which only develop after years of vitamin deficiency. Many researchers, for example, now associate Europe’s principal cause of death, i.e. myocardial infarction or heart attack, with, among other factors, a shortfall in the intake of vitamin C over a period of many years. And in this case, shortfall relates to a much higher daily vitamin C requirement than that advised by the DGE. Indeed, the quantity recommendations of the DGE are altogether rather curious.
They were first thought up in the 1950s and then subsequently adjusted from time to time. But adjusted on the basis of what? Nobody knows for sure. The fact is, though, that the DGE’s recommended dosages do not take any account whatsoever of whether you are young or old, male or female, work physically or mentally, are sick or well, or fat or thin. Or whether you smoke, take medication, etc. None of that seems to matter. For the DGE, everyone is the same. So the whole thing appears highly questionable. Another questionable aspect is that the daily recommendations for the intake of essential nutrient substances vary from country to country by up to a factor of 20!
This leaves you wondering, for example, why a Dutch person needs more vitamin C than a German. It is completely nonsensical. You would therefore do better to forget the intake recommendations, which the individual countries cannot even agree on anyway. Instead, be more like the animals. Most of them produce their own vitamin C. We humans, unfortunately, are not able to do so. But we can learn from animals, or rather, nature. Take rats, for example. They produce around 5 GRAMS of vitamin C per day. Such a small animal – with a quantity of 5000 mg every day! And under stress, rats produce as much as 100 GRAMS – i.e. 100,000 mg! And what’s even more remarkable: It doesn’t even give them diarrhoea. What a good thing that animals don’t read the DGE recommendations.
PITY FOR YOU THAT YOU AREN’T AN APE
Speaking of animals: Did you know that the nutrition standard for apes kept in zoos stipulates a vitamin intake that is 23 times higher than the level recommended for us humans by the DGE? Yes, that is really true, and it is also enshrined in law, as otherwise the apes would become ill and be caused suffering. It was found that with a lower intake of essential nutrients, apes become susceptible to infections and likely to die prematurely. So what a pity for you that you aren’t an ape. We are, after all, similar. Very similar, in fact. For apes are almost genetically identical to humans. Moreover, they have the same metabolism as we do. So it really would be worthwhile to subject the DGE’s minimum quantity recommendations to critical review. Many researchers have already done so, deviating from the current DGE guidelines and instead recommending significantly higher doses of vitamin C, for example, around 3 to 5 grams per day instead of the 110 mg as currently recommended by the DGE.
THE MORE THE BETTER – AND THEN SOME MORE STILL
One of the pioneer proponents of a high daily vitamin C intake was Linus Pauling (1901-1994), one of the most outstanding scientific thinkers of the 20th century. The world’s only two-time Nobel Prize winner, Pauling devoted a large part of his life to researching micronutrients and their functions in the human body. He discovered in the process that many chronic illnesses arise if there are deficiencies or a disequilibrium in the body’s nutrient balance. In the 1960s, for example, with the aid of state funding, he investigated the biochemical and molecular background of mental disorders and discovered outstanding opportunities for the use of vitamin B1 against depression and vitamin B12 against psychoses. Later studies produced impressive positive results concerning the substitution of vitamin E, selenium and beta-carotene. However, Linus Pauling also concerned himself most intensively with the incredibly wide-ranging effects of vitamin C. On the strength of his investigations, he became firmly convinced that high daily doses of vitamin C are able to prevent illnesses such as cancer and heart attacks. For this reason, he himself took 18 grams (!) of vitamin C every day.
ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS, THE MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE
Altogether, the impressive results of his work brought him to the recognition that eliminating vitamin deficiencies represented a highly effective method of treatment for the prevention or cure of diseases. He called this form of therapy “Orthomolecular Medicine” and defined it thus: “Orthomolecular medicine is the preservation of health and the treatment of illness by changing the concentration of substances in the human body which are normally present in the human body and are necessary for health.” Orthomolecular medicine is, therefore, the prevention and therapy of disease with the body’s own substances. These include the essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and the essential fatty acids. If one looks at the human body more closely, the relevance of orthomolecular medicine soon becomes clear, because ultimately, we “only” consist of around 100 trillion cells. That’s all. Basically, a human being is nothing more than a large heap of cells. Each cell is a small biochemical factory performing special tasks. What is so fascinating in this context is that the cells, and therefore also the whole of our body, is made up from “only” 45 nutrients, 13 of which are vitamins, 2 are essential fatty acids, and the remainder are minerals, trace elements and amino acids. Each cell, and therefore our body as a whole, can only function optimally if all the necessary nutrients are present in sufficient quantities.
STARVING, DESPITE PLENTY TO EAT
But precisely that is not the case for many people. Despite the fact that we no longer have to spend hours hunting down hairy mammoths in order to fill our stomachs. Nor do we now need to go picking berries, collecting eggs or catching frogs. But since we have been living in a “land of plenty”, where the supermarket shelves bend under the weight of the food piled on them, it has been scientifically proven that around 80 percent of the people currently living in Germany do not even reach the low levels recommended by the DGE. As long ago as 1985, the Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Geigy published a study that clearly showed the dramatic loss of nutrients in the food we eat that has taken place since the 1970s. So, for example, the loss of vitamin A in apples amounts to 41 percent. Peppers (paprika) now have 31 percent less vitamin C, broccoli only has half its former quantity of iron, while cauliflower only contains half as much vitamin C, B1 and B2 today as it did 40 years ago. The reasons for this dramatic loss of essential nutrients from our food are many and varied: along with the harvesting of fruit while still unripe, UV irradiation, long transport routes and storage times, farmers and growers today are forced to go for quantity rather than quality. The fields are not given time to regenerate, and they are becoming increasingly exhausted and additionally contaminated with fertilisers and pesticides. In these circumstances, the constant repetition of the message propagated by some “nutrition experts” that all we need to do is eat enough fruit and vegetables and then everything will be OK is useless. Meaningless phrases of this kind will not put any essential nutrients back in our food. The fact is that many illnesses today are nutrition-related and are therefore really preventable - with the right nutrition or the daily intake of sufficient nutrients in the right quantities.
WHY DO ANIMALS NOT GET FLU?
And this is exactly where orthomolecular medicine comes in – highly dosed essential nutrients for maximum effect. Vitamin C from Natura Vitalis has been created in conformity with the orthomolecular recommendation: 1000 mg of bioactive vitamin C in a single tablet. Which is a good thing because vitamin C is a genuine All-round Talent. Did you know, for example, that rats can tolerate 100 times more dioxin than people before it kills them? Yes, it’s true, because they have an effective antidote in their blood: vitamin C. Or take deer: They don’t listen to the weather forecast and so don’t hear ozone warnings. But even though the air may contain lots of out-of-control oxygen – or in other words ozone, which is a pure toxin – they hop around in the midday sun without once getting an asthma attack. And the reason is, once again, that deer, too, produce their own vitamin C – to the tune of 15 grams per day. Most animals produce their own vitamin C, in quantities of from 3 to 25 grams per day. And that is why they don’t become infected with flu viruses and why they don’t die of cancer, heart attacks or other lifestyle diseases.
THE VERY BEST ANTIDOTE
Until around six million years ago, our forebears were themselves also able to produce vitamin C in their own bodies. However, a mutation then caused this ability to be lost. The reason for this is assumed to be that at that time, we consumed so much vitamin every day through our fresh food intake that it was no longer necessary for the body to produce its own. Stone Age people took in around 40 times more vitamin C through their nutrition than people do today. What nature failed to anticipate at the time, however, is the nutrient-poor nature of the food we eat today. And sadly, once a capability of our metabolism system has been lost, it cannot be recovered. It is therefore of tremendous importance that we should take in an adequate quantity of this all-round genius - vitamin C - every day. And not just in winter but throughout the year. For the description of “all-round genius” means exactly what it says, and is an indication that the best known of all the vitamins is also the most badly underestimated. So, for example, vitamin C not only plays an important role in supporting the immune system in winter, it is also indispensable for around 15,000 metabolism processes every day. But before looking at the many and varied functions of vitamin C in the body in greater detail, let us first of all go back briefly to the detoxification function we previously mentioned in connection with animals. Because humans, too, can benefit from this - at least if they have enough vitamin C in their blood. For in this case, it acts like the kind of water filter used by many people today to remove nitrates from their water. Nitrates find their way into our bodies through fertilisers contained in vegetables and drinking water. Processed meats are often treated with nitrite salting mix (E 250-E 252). And smokers are constantly exposed to nitrate: by smoking cigarettes, their intake of nitrate is four times the normal quantity. Today, nitrate compounds are blamed for 60 to 90 percent of all environment-related types of cancer – in animal trials, 90 percent of nitrate compounds have been found to be carcinogenic. Every day, we take in 60 to 150 milligrams of nitrate. In themselves, nitrates do not cause cancer, but the nitrosamines that develop from them do. Vitamin C, however, reliably prevents the conversion of nitrates into carcinogenic nitrosamines. The more additional vitamin C we have available to us for this purpose, the better. That is yet another reason why we should make sure to consume high-dose vitamin C. However, our bodies are not only at risk from nitrates. Carcinogenic UV radiation, for example, is able to slip through the ozone hole. Lindane, a highly potent nerve toxin, is to be found in woollen pullovers. Furniture items are constantly exuding formaldehyde fumes while plastics are giving off polychlorinated hydrocarbons, meat is full of undesirable substances originating from animal feed, and so on and so forth. The fact is that everyone today is a walking poison depot. Environmental toxins find their way into human fatty tissue, where they then stay put. And every day, a little bit more dioxin, mercury (from tooth fillings), benzene, lead and PCB is added. You may perhaps now be thinking: “Well, OK, but aren’t those folk at Natura Vitalis exaggerating slightly?” No, not at all. And that can also be seen from the fact that crematoriums are nowadays required to equip their furnaces with filters so that when bodies are burnt, no heavy metals or dioxins can escape through the chimney. Vitamin C now stimulates the enzyme system of the liver. This causes toxic environmental substances such as heavy metals and the medication residues to be excreted. That is extremely important. Take mercury, for example. This finds its way into the body above all from amalgam tooth fillings. If, for instance, four of your teeth are filled with amalgam, you automatically absorb around 5 milligrams of mercury into your body every day. If it is not excreted, it becomes stored in the brain for about 20 years. Or take the heavy metal lead. This finds its way into our bodies in particular from exhaust gases and tobacco smoke. With 1000 mg of vitamin C, the levels of lead in the blood of smokers can be reduced by 81 percent.
“Yes, but too much vitamin C is pointless, too. It only gets excreted again.” You may well have heard this erroneous view before. To put the record straight: This statement is pointless, because it is quite simply wrong! The first question that poses itself is: What is “too much” supposed to mean? Today, leading scientists recommend people to take at least 3 to 5 grams of vitamin C daily. And as we read before: Two-times Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling took no less than 18 grams daily. And that is far, far more than the DGE recommendation which, as we have seen, stands at a mere 110 mg. The fact is that the daily requirement of vitamin C varies from person to person, so everyone also excretes different quantities again. But the idea of expensive urine is unequivocally wrong. Because only the very last, truly superfluous part of the vitamin C is in fact excreted again. By superfluous is meant that portion of the vitamin C that the body does not need immediately and is not able to store. For contrary to common belief, the body does not excrete all of the surplus vitamin C that it doesn’t need at the moment. Rather, it stores part of it in the cells of the immune system and various other highly sensitive organs, such as in the retina of the eyes - which may, incidentally, help to lessen the onset of cataracts later on in life. Only the last remainder which the body really doesn’t need is then excreted. And even this excretion process itself also has an important function. Because this vitamin C bonds harmful substances to itself, which are then excreted in the urine. So the “popular” prejudice that we don’t need so much vitamin C because it is only excreted again anyway is completely untrue and an indication of ignorance. As a general rule, the more vitamin C is needed as a result of individual personal circumstances, the less of it is excreted. So we all need a security buffer to take care of different situations. And what is ultimately excreted does not simply land uselessly in the toilet, since it carries harmful substances along with it.
THE KILLERS FROM THE AIR
One of the most important functions of vitamin C is destroying free radicals – in other words, its antioxidant effect. What? Free radicals? Antioxidant effect? Heavens, what’s all that supposed to be about? Don’t worry, it won’t get complicated. You will be familiar with times when you have cut in apple in half and then observed as the cut surface of each half quickly turned brown. And precisely that is the fault of so-called free radicals. Free radicals are aggressive electronic particles, downright killers consisting of light and oxygen that cause the upper cells of the apple to burst. And now give the following experiment a try: Cut an apple in half, and immediately afterwards sprinkle some vitamin C on one of the halves. Compared to the unsprinkled half, the cut surface will keep its paleness. And why? Because vitamin C captures the free radicals and so protects the apple cells from oxidation – i.e. bursting. So it has an antioxidant effect, or in other words, it combats against oxidation. Warding off free radicals also works in exactly the same way in our bodies. Each of your approx. 100 trillion body cells is attacked daily by about 10,000 free radicals! Exposed to such constant bombardment, your cells would soon be destroyed and would disintegrate completely. Antioxidants such as vitamin C capture those free radicals – i.e. they are rather like the Pentagon’s missile defence system. The more missiles, or in other words antioxidants, we have in our blood, the better the defence systems work. And that is an extremely important aspect because free radicals make us ill and cause our body cells to age more quickly. Cancer, cardiovascular diseases, damage to the lens and retina of the eye, and in some cases degenerative nervous disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are known today as free radical diseases. Rheumatics, allergies and asthma are made worse by free radicals. Cancer cells also proliferate when free radicals have been slowly but increasingly damaging the gene software over a long period of time. And heart attacks and strokes are the likely result if free radicals have been turning blood fats rancid for a couple of decades or more, until they finally cause the blood vessels to become stuck.
THE BEST STICKING PLASTER
While we are on the subject of blood: In wounds, a particularly large quantity of vitamin C accumulates, because in this case it is responsible for regenerating of the collagen fibres needed for making new skin. Vitamin C is immediately deployed from the blood to the wounds. That is also the reason why the vitamin C levels in the blood fall by a good half after operations. The lower the vitamin C count in the blood before the operation, the less good the wound-healing process will be. 1000 to 3000 mg of additional vitamin C will accelerate the closure of the tissue and the process of scar formation. As a general statement: Taking additional vitamin C after operations or after suffering burns or injuries will stimulate the production of new collagen.
BEEP...BEEP... HERE COMES THE FAT TAXI
Interesting: With vitamin C, you can also boost the fat-burning process. The reason for this is that vitamin C is involved in the body’s own production of carnitine, a protein molecule that transports fat to the cells’ “incineration furnaces” (the mitochondria). There, the surplus fat is burned in order to produce energy. Carnitine acts, as it were, as the taxi for ferrying fat to the furnaces. Without sufficient carnitine in the body, no diet in the world can ever work properly. So if you want to get rid of excess pounds effectively, make sure your body has an adequate supply of vitamin C and protein – and the body’s own carnitine production process will run at full speed. So just these few examples already show you how many different functions vitamin C performs in the human body and why our organism needs to be kept well supplied with it throughout the year. However, the title of “All-round Talent” clearly suggests that these are by no means all the things that vitamin C can do. And that is indeed the case. So here are some further fields of activity of the best-known vitamin of all.
TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE...
So here goes: Sufficient vitamin C in the blood can provide protection against high cholesterol levels. The All-round Talent also facilitates a five-fold increase in the ability to absorb iron from our food. And that is important because we need iron for many of the processes in our organism. Vitamin C also plays an important role in regulation of the histamine level. In this context, you need to know that histamine is a substance that is produced in the body and performs a variety of functions within the human organism. It is best-known, however, for its involvement in defensive reactions when the body needs to combat substances that are alien to it. Every allergy sufferer, for example, will be familiar with the sometimes violent effects of histamine. Allergic reactions are in fact a malfunction of the immune system. In these cases, the immune system responds to harmless substances in a wildly exaggerated manner. Rather like a short-tempered person who can get into a rage over some trivial matter. So you eat a certain foodstuff or breathe in pollen, for example, and instead of recognising these things as harmless substances, your immune system thinks: “Look out, a dangerous intruder has found its way in. We need to fight it with all the weapons we’ve got.” It immediately releases a vast quantity of histamine, which then courses through the body, looking for the intruder that has been wrongly identified as harmful. In this process, the histamine acts on the body’s tissues, causing inflammation. The symptoms that then manifest themselves in allergy sufferers depend on whereabouts in their body the histamine is released.
A runny nose, itching and watering eyes, shortness of breath and dry skin can all be signs of a reaction to the release of excess amounts of histamine. Sufficient vitamin C in the blood stream, however, will speed up the decomposition of histamine and harmonise the immune system. The fact that without vitamin C, our immune system would be altogether very weak on its knees is something most people probably know. It stimulates the production of white blood corpuscles and in that way strengthens the body’s ability to destroy viruses and bacteria. Vitamin C is the leading water-soluble vitamin for our immune system. A tip for colds: At the very first signs of a cold, immediately take 1000 mg of vitamin C, and repeat this process every hour for the next 6 hours. Cold viruses don’t like vitamin C at all. But please take note: It really must be 1000 mg every hour. Anything less would be ineffective! This has been shown by a study from the year 2000: After the first symptoms of a cold, 263 students were given 1000 mg of vitamin C hourly, and then 1000 mg 3 times a day. The symptoms decreased by 85% compared to a group who were only given 1000 mg once a day. In studies in which less vitamin C was given, the symptoms lasted longer. In all cases, however, the duration of the cold was shortened by vitamin C.
BAD NEWS IS GOOD NEWS
That inevitably also leads to the question as to how much truth there is in the claim that too much vitamin C can cause kidney stones. The answer is: None. Such claims are completely false. This misleading information derives from the fact that vitamin C may be transformed in the body into oxalate. And oxalate is indeed one of the main components of kidney stones. The assumption was originally based on American studies from the year 1981. In test persons who had taken 1 gram of vitamin C daily for a period of about a week, an elevated concentration of oxalate was indeed measured in their urine. However, more recent studies were unable to confirm this finding. Even doses of 10 grams of vitamin C daily did not increase the oxalate production. The explanation is that the high oxalate counts in the old studies were found to be the result of a laboratory error. The oxalate had only formed in the urine from the excreted vitamin C during the laboratory analysis. But although even a major observation study conducted by the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, has meanwhile proved that high doses of vitamin C do not cause oxalate to form in the body, this myth persists obstinately. Bad news, unfortunately, is good news.
LATEST-GENERATION VITAMIN C
The fact is that our long but nevertheless incomplete list of functions clearly indicates how important it is to have an adequate daily intake of vitamin C. But the quantities our body needs can simply no longer be achieved through our daily food intake of today. For this reason, with our “Vitamin C 1000 mg” product, we offer you a high-dose vitamin C product that has been created on the basis of the orthomolecular recommendations. However, our product is not only highly-dosed, with 1000 mg of vitamin C in each single tablet – No, it is also a special type of vitamin C and therefore not comparable with the conventional products available on the counters of supermarkets, discount stores or drugstores, etc. And that is a good thing, because with the countless different vitamin C products that are available on the market today, there are not only big variations in quantity, i.e. how much vitamin C is contained in each capsule or tablet – but more particularly, there are major differences in the production method, and it is these that cause the quality of one vitamin C product to differ enormously from that of others. “Normal” vitamin C products only contain ascorbic acid that has been produced synthetically and is then sold in the form of powder or capsules or pressed into tablets. Ascorbic acid is, incidentally, the chemical name for vitamin C and derives from its effectiveness against scurvy, the notorious vitamin C deficiency disease mentioned right at the beginning. Normal, synthetically produced vitamin C is clearly inferior to natural vitamin C because it cannot be absorbed so readily by the body. A further disadvantage of many synthetic products are additives such as artificial preservatives, colouring agents and/or flavourings that can also limit their bioavailability. The good news is, though, that isolated vitamin C can very well offer the same degree of bioavailability and efficacy provided it is treated and processed properly. And that is a good thing because it means that high-dose capsules are also affordable. As a general statement, it can be said that the bioavailability of vitamin C in natural products is on an unrivalled level. However, even in genuine “vitamin C bombs”, such as the acerola cherry, sea buckthorn, rosehip or camu camu berry, the nutrient concentration is significantly lower than in synthetic products. Therefore, one way of producing highly dosed vitamin C in very good bioavailable form is to combine isolated ascorbic acid with nutrition-based vitamin C obtained from fruit. And that is exactly what we have done here: We have taken pure, high-dose ascorbic acid and combined it with natural vitamin C from the potent camu camu berry. Additionally, you will find no preservatives, colourings or flavourings in our product. So already in this way, we ensure very good bioavailability. In our product, however, we reinforce this still further with a high concentration of natural bioflavonoids obtained from citrus fruits and rosehips. Bioflavonoids are so-called secondary plant products that are mostly to be found in the skin of fruits or vegetables. Bioflavonoids obtained from citrus fruits and rosehips prevent the vitamin C from oxidising in the body and so enhance the biological efficacy and bioavailability of the vitamin C. The most remarkable feature of our product, however, is that the vitamin C is bonded to calcium. This is a further innovative step designed to massively increase the bioavailability of the vitamin C, as the result is an “acid-buffered” compound known as calcium ascorbate. This means that the vitamin C is no longer presented in its original acid form, but in an alkaline form. This nutrient combination offers two fantastic advantages: First, the acid buffering means that it is much more easily tolerated and does not cause any digestive problems, which is otherwise very often the case with pure ascorbic acid taken in such high dosage. And second, the combination with calcium ascorbate also prevents it from attacking the enamel of the teeth. Trials have shown that with normal vitamin C, this can already happen after just a few minutes. Thirdly, this special vitamin C combination is absorbed twice as fast into the bloodstream and remains bioavailable in the body for twice as long as normal vitamin C. Ultimately, therefore, this makes it four times more efficacious. This unique formula of combining vitamin C with calcium is seen by researchers as an absolute breakthrough. It is possible to say, without exaggeration, that this product represents the very latest vitamin C generation. The valuable synergetic effects of our product are additionally enhanced by the retardation of the vitamin C. In other words, release of the precious vitamin C takes place over an extended period of time and therefore remains in the organism for much longer than conventional vitamin C. Moreover, our tablets are allergen-free and vegan. So take advantage of the extraordinarily high bioavailability of our vitamin C tablets - for the maximum benefit to your body.
1 pellet contains: Vitamin C – 1000mg = 1250*, citric-bioflavonoids – 100 mg, rosehip extract – 25mg, Camu Camu extract - 25mg
*= % of the reference amount (NRV) based on the Food Information Regulations.
Recommended daily use: Please consume daily one pellet with enough liquid. If you have difficulties in swallowing because of the size of the pellet, please cut it into halves.
Information for diabetics: 1 pellet contains 0,03 bread unit.
Please note: Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a well-balanced and varied diet as well as a healthy life-style.