Desert Harvest Buffered Vitamin C (90 Capsules)
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It supports immune function, collagen production, blood vessel integrity and free radical neutralisation, meaning it may help to delay the effects of aging and protect against certain cancers, heart disease and strokes. Research indicates that people with low levels of vitamin C may run a higher risk of developing Type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis, while even short-term deficiency may adversely impact eye health, paving the way for cataracts or macular degeneration. New research also suggests that vitamin C might work to reduce the production of inflammatory compounds in the gut, meaning it may help reduce the levels of inflammation in various forms of colitis. Additionally, vitamin C facilitates the body’s ability to absorb iron from foods and food supplements – iron is of course a vital component of haemoglobin, which enables oxygen to be transported around the body.
Regarding vitamin C’s effect on the common cold, studies have resulted in mixed recommendations. A randomized, controlled, five-year clinical trial suggested that vitamin C supplementation significantly reduces the frequency of colds, but has no apparent effect on the duration or severity. However, a 2002 study involving 180 British subjects found that vitamin C could prevent the common cold, limit severe symptoms, and shorten its duration. You will have to decide for yourself if it works for you!
Many people are unable to tolerate ordinary vitamin C supplements, as they find them irritating to the stomach or the urinary tract. In particular, cystitis sufferers often find their symptoms worsen if they take any supplements containing ascorbic acid. Desert Harvest’s Buffered Vitamin C contains calcium ascorbate – a gentle, non-acidic form of vitamin C – meaning it is safe for cystitis sufferers and sensitive individuals. It also contains organic, super-concentrated aloe vera, which may help the body to absorb more of the nutrient.
Free from gluten, starch, preservatives and GMO ingredients. Kosher certified; suitable for vegetarians and vegans. ISO 9000 compliant. Suitable for interstitial cystitis patients.
As a dietary supplement, take one capsule twice a day or as directed by a qualified healthcare provider.
Each serving (1 capsule) contains 400mg of Vitamin C buffered with 40mg of calcium ascorbate; 75mg of organic aloe vera powder; 3mg of silicon dioxide (a naturally occurring earth mineral); and 3mg vegetable oil.
Tiny says: I don’t use these as my every day vitamin C, as I was settled on another type long before I ever discovered Desert Harvest. Like this product, the one I use daily contains vitamin C in a non-acidic form. I didn’t actually know when I made the move to ascorbates that other people had problems with ascorbic acid – I just noticed that I felt more ‘cystitis-y’ whenever I took normal vitamin C or multivitamins high in C. I was fascinated years later to learn that lots of people find vitamin C irritating to the bladder! I do use Desert Harvest Buffered Vitamin C to top up my every day brand if I feel like I’m getting a cold and want to mega-dose. I have no problems with it whatsoever, even in very high doses, and I’d never be without a pot on standby!