Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a white, crystalline, water-soluble
substance found in citrus fruits. As an antioxidant, vitamin C scavenges
free radicals in the body and protects tissues from oxidative stress.
Vitamin C also promotes the absorption of iron, while preventing its
oxidation. Vitamin C is a vital cofactor to the formation of collagen,
the connective tissue that supports arterial walls, skin, bones, and
teeth. A major immune-supporting activity of vitamin C is boosting
glutathione levels in human lymphocytes, cells that make up about 25%
of all white cells in the blood.
More vitamin C is contained in the adrenal glands than any other
organ in the body and is required at higher levels during times of
stress. Physical stresses on the body such as ingestion of heavy metals,
cigarette smoking, immune impairment, extreme temperatures, and chronic
use of certain medications such as aspirin also signal the need for
increased intake of vitamin C.
Vitamin C Powder contains four buffering minerals, in addition to
ascorbic acid. When mixed with water, this product produces a
reduced-acid solution that is non-irritating to the stomach and
intestinal lining. The minerals also make it a more pleasant-tasting
and healthful drink. The substances used in this product make it
effervesce for a short while when it is mixed with water.