Truly Natural Vitamin C Powder
Vitamin C has a number of important functions in our body:
for the production of adrenal steroid hormones. Our body’s highest
levels of vitamin C are found in our adrenal glands and brain tissues.
for the synthesis of collagen, the main component of connective tissue,
and the most abundant protein in mammals. Collagen is an important
structural component of skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone, blood
vessels, teeth, gums, heart valves, cornea, capillaries, intervertebral
discs, and the GI tract.
- Plays an important role in the synthesis of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter known to affect mood.
- Required for the synthesis of carnitine – essential for the efficient burning of fat for energy in our body’s cells.
- Plays an important role in immune system function, particularly in enhancing white blood cell activity.
major water-soluble antioxidant in our body, protecting important
molecules such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, DNA, and RNA from
damage by free radicals.
- Has the ability to regenerate other ‘spent’ antioxidants (e.g., vitamin E, glutathione) back into their active forms.
Vitamin C Deficiency
C deficiency results in the potentially fatal disease known as scurvy.
Initial symptoms of scurvy appear as general fatigue, probably resulting
from diminished levels of carnitine and/or norepinephrine. More
advanced symptoms of the disease include bruising easily, slow wound
healing, hair and tooth loss, gingivitis, joint pain and swelling, and
bleeding from mucous membranes. These symptoms are clearly related to
the weakening of blood vessels, connective tissue, and bone, all of
which contain collagen. Scurvy is now rare in modern countries because
overt symptoms can be prevented by as little as 10 mg of FOOD-BASED
vitamin C daily.
Is Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C?
Read the label
on 95% of the vitamin C supplements on the market and you will see the
words ‘ascorbic acid’ listed next to vitamin C. Most people, and many
scientists, equate vitamin C with ascorbic acid, a purified, isolated
compound produced in laboratories via a five-step chemical process from
glucose (usually GMO corn sugar). Functional vitamin activity in our
bodies, however, is NEVER produced by isolated, individual molecular
compounds. Instead, all vitamin activity in our body occurs as
multi-step biochemical interactions whose action only occurs when all
cofactors and components of the entire ‘vitamin complex’ are present and
working together in a specific timed sequence. Calling ascorbic acid
vitamin C is like calling the skin of the orange the whole orange.
Ascorbic acid can be thought of as simply the antioxidant ‘skin’ of the
vitamin C complex – the part of vitamin C that protects the functional
parts of the complex from oxidation.
In addition to ascorbic acid,
vitamin C activity in our body includes rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K,
Factor J, Factor P, tyrosinase, ascorbinogen, various mineral
cofactors, and other yet-to-be-discovered components. If any of these
parts are missing, there will be no vitamin activity in our body. We
simply do not currently have the skills and knowledge to produce a
functional vitamin C complex in the laboratory, although nature does
this for us every day in all the fabulous fruits and vegetables we have
available for consumption.
When we consume an isolated ascorbic
acid supplement, our body will draw on its own reserves to add the
missing cofactors and reproduce the whole vitamin C complex. Thus,
taking megadoses of ascorbic acid can actually contribute to nutrient
deficiencies and imbalances in our body with long-term use. Even worse,
our body will not be able to convert all of the ascorbic acid we consume
to useful vitamin activity. The excess will become a burden that our
body must get rid of, which we will notice as a yellowish tint in our
When synthesized into artificial isolated forms, like
ascorbic acid and sodium or calcium ascorbate, purified synthetic
‘vitamins’ can act more like drugs in the body and produce unwanted side
effects. Being highly acidic, high levels of ascorbic acid consumption
can produce a number of unpleasant symptoms, including diarrhea, nausea,
upset stomach, vomiting, headaches, kidney stones, and tooth decay.
Most synthetic vitamin C supplements are therefore artificially
‘buffered’ by attaching a calcium or sodium ion to the ascorbic acid
(producing calcium or sodium ascorbate) to neutralize the acidity and
attempt to diminish these symptoms. Unfortunately, users of these
mineral ascorbates often still experience unpleasant side effects like
kidney stones, stomach pain, and diarrhea. And adding a mineral ion to
ascorbic acid does nothing to stop these isolated mineral ascorbates
from stealing the cofactors they need from your tissues, and thereby
potentially creating nutrient imbalances with long-term use.
Acerola Cherry Powder – Truly Natural™ Vitamin C
contrast, the vitamin C in our Acerola Cherry Powder comes from
whole-food acerola cherry extract. Acerola is a tart cherry native to
South America, southern Mexico, and Central America, but is now also
being grown as far north as Texas and in other subtropical areas such as
India. Acerola cherries are known to be low in calories, while being
exceptionally rich in vitamin C. In fact, each single acerola cherry has
65 times more vitamin C than an orange. Eating as few as 2-3 cherries
is sufficient to fulfill daily vitamin C requirements. Acerola cherries
are also high in B vitamins, carotenoids and bioflavonoids, and
alkalizing minerals – specifically magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and
Most importantly, all the vitamin C in acerola cherries
is richly complex with all the necessary cofactors to produce functional
vitamin activity in our body without any unpleasant side effects. Truly
Natural™ Vitamin C does NOT produce any nutrient imbalances in our
body. It is easily absorbable, does not produce yellow urine, and is
naturally buffered with alkalinizing minerals present in the
micronutrient-rich acerola food matrix. Food sources of the entire
vitamin C complex are the only way to get nutrition as nature intended.
Recommended Daily Amount of Vitamin C
animals have the ability to synthesize all the vitamin C they need
within their bodies. Humans, on the other hand, lack the ability to
produce one of the four enzymes necessary for synthesis of vitamin C
from glucose. As a result, we must obtain all necessary vitamin C from
our diet. Being a water-soluble vitamin, vitamin C is not stored in
significant quantities in our bodies, making adequate dietary intake on a
daily basis crucial.
The current Recommended Daily Amount for
vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) is 90 mg for an adult man and 75 mg for an
adult woman. There is much to suggest that these amounts, while enough
to prevent overt symptoms of scurvy, are insufficient for optimal
health. Mammals that can produce all the enzymes required for synthesis
of vitamin C, and therefore do not need to get vitamin C from their
diet, can live 8 to 10 times their maturity age. Mammals that cannot
synthesize vitamin C (e.g., humans) struggle to reach three to four
times their maturity age in lifespan.
Some researchers feel that
this shortened lifespan is an indication that all humans are suffering
from subclinical scurvy. Given this, and the fact that urinary excretion
of vitamin C increases in times of stress, it is clear that all of us
could benefit from significantly increasing the amount of ACTUAL FOOD™
vitamin C in our diet. Unfortunately, most humans do not consume even
close to adequate amounts of the vitamin C rich foods – fresh fruits and
vegetables – for optimum health.
The HealthForce Edge
C is more easily destroyed by heat, light, and oxygen than any of the
other vitamins. A sliced cantaloupe left uncovered in the refrigerator,
for example, loses 35% of its vitamin C content in less than 24 hours.
Foods that contain vitamin C should be consumed as soon as possible
after slicing or peeling so as to get as much benefit from these foods
as possible. Much care is taken with our Acerola Cherry Powder to ensure
both overall quality and potency of the end product:
- 100% food-based vitamin c complex:whole fruit and whole fruit extract. No chemical solvents!
- Dried at low temperatures to ensure an enzymatically active, vitamin C-rich product.
Nutrient Lock™. Our dark glass with unique metal lid and oxygen
absorber protects 100% of nutrients (creates a vacuum). Glass is
recycled/recyclable, does not outgas, and is non-toxic to melt down.
- Energenesis™ Energetic Enhancements: Homeopathic, Magnetic & Vibrational
- Certified vegan, gluten-free and kosher
to Consume: Mix Truly Natural Vitamin C Powder – Pure vitamin C with
water, fresh juices, smoothies, Vegan milks, HealthForce Vitamineral
Green™, or any other food to significantly boost bioavailable vitamin C
Ingredients: Acerola Cherry Fruit Extract, Camu Camu Berry Fruit, Amla Berry Fruit
Other Ingredients: Tapioca Starch (drying medium for the Acerola)