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Natural Vitamin C Versus Synthetic

Feb 01, 2018 12:00AM
The debate between food-based versus synthetic vitamin C supplementation is a hot topic, but research by Dr. Susanne Humphries has helped shed light on this important issue. According to the Vitamin C Foundation, “What is commonly called vitamin C, the ascorbate ion, or simply ascorbic acid, is the real vitamin C.” Humphries discovered that synthetic vitamin C in the form of oral sodium ascorbate powder is actually the most efficient and well-tolerated option.

In terms of dosing, the answer is unique to each individual. The recommended daily allowance (or RDA) for vitamin C is 75 milligrams per day, the bare minimum necessary to prevent scurvy. Humans don’t have the ability to produce vitamin C on our own and must consume it through food or supplementation. For humans to achieve optimal health, especially in times of stress and in combating illness, effective, high-dose vitamin C supplementation is a necessity.


Maria Gahry, at Bio Energy Medical Center, is a doctor of nursing practice, with board certification as a family nurse practitioner and graduate certificate in complementary and alternative medicine.For more information, visit

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