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Ascorbic acid, 16 Nov 2013
I usually research better - I should have before buying this. Ascorbic acid is not complete vitamin C.
"Synthetic vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is not found in nature. It does not grow naturally in plants or trees and cannot be grown on a farm. It can only be made in a lab. Contrary to popular belief, ascorbic acid and vitamin C are not the same thing. Ascorbic acid is not a complete vitamin, but really only the outer layer of the complete complex known as vitamin C. The complete complex of vitamin C as found in natural food sources is composed of these elements:
- Rutinbiofavonoids (vitamin P) factor K
- Factor Jfactor P Tyrosinase
- Ascorbinogen ascorbic acid
All of the above elements must be present in order for the body to absorb and benefit from the vitamin complex. Since synthetic ascorbic acid does not contain the full complex, your body must either gather the missing components from the body's reservoir, or simply eliminate the ascorbic acid from the body through the urine without benefit to the body." This is from Natural News but there are plenty of other references to this elsewhere.
After taking some, as instructed, I was surprised at how acidic it was. I sat wondering for a minute what it would do to my teeth. I then looked a little more thoroughly into Ascorbic acid and could kick myself. If you've got some and I've put you off please don't just throw it away - I descaled my kettle with this last night so it's not a total waste of money. You want that in your system? I don't. It took weeks from order to delivery and then I find it's not too dissimilar to the citric acid I bought as a descaler. A lesson for me to research properly in the future.