The difference beteeen natural and synthetic Vitamin C- we explain
You may wonder why we promote Rose-Hip Vital as a rich natural source of vitamin C. And if we offer a natural vitamin C what are all the other bottles of vitamin C you buy on the shelves of super markets and pharmacies?
Well, most vitamin C tablets are made in labs with synthetic chemicals. Vitamin C was first chemically synthesized in the early 1930s and is known as ascorbic acid. Synthetic vitamins are made to mimic the way natural vitamins act in our bodies and are the most common product available. However buyer beware – they are not the same as the natural alternatives.
Many synthetic vitamins lack the transporters and co-factors associated with naturally occurring vitamins, and lack the trace minerals that assist it’s absorption. The natural form of vitamin C offers other vitamins, enzymes and minerals that control the way the body recognizes, metabolizes and uses them to make what it needs. (1)
Looking at this difference, it is clear then why a natural vitamin C is better for your body than a synthetic one.
Many people say you can get enough vitamin C from your daily intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is also a natural source, and this is true if you eat the recommended daily servings. However, many people don’t get the recommended dose through their nutrition so need to supplement their diet, especially if they have health issues.
In fact, some people who are on ongoing medication to fight cancer and similar diseases are recommended to take additional health supplements to counter act the high dosage of synthetic drugs in their system. What they often find is that the synthetic supplements cause additional issues in their bodies as there can be many contraindications. Hence, they opt for natural sources for their vitamins.
A natural vitamin C supplement will be easier on the body, metabolizes better and offers additional benefits that the synthetic options don’t offer.
So what are the benefits of vitamin C?
Catherine Saxlby’s Food Watch website offers a nice list of the key benefits:(2)
- Keeps gums, teeth and bones healthy
- Speeds up the healing of cuts and wounds
- Helps resist infection and boost your immunity
- Needed for the formation of collagen, a cementing material in blood vessels, bones and teeth
- Boosts the absorption of non-haem iron from vegetables and grains
- It’s a powerful antioxidant – its main job appears to regenerate vitamin E and inhibit the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the stomach.
Food Matters discussing the research behind how Vitamin C helps humans says “Over 75 years of medical research and clinical practice reveals, overwhelmingly, that vitamin C has the power to ignite the ‘self-healing response”. (3)
So let’s talk about the vitamin C in Rose-Hip Vital.
The rosehip berries that become Rose-Hip Vital powder are a fruit, and one that is packed with natural vitamin C. In fact, they contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges (4) and known to be one of nature’s richest sources of natural vitamin C. Rosehips have been used for generations in tea and jams to prevent and treat a cold and boost your immune system.
Rose-Hip Vital powder is manufactured with patented extraction and drying processes which isolate and activate the patented compound GOPO. These same processes also ensure the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals are not only preserved but concentrated. Our recommended maintenance dose of Rose-Hip Vital offers you 2.5mg of natural vitamin C.
If you take Rose-Hip Vital daily it is likely that if you also have a balanced diet containing lots of fruit and vegetables you will not need to take any other vitamin C supplement. If you be taking the loading dose or have decided to take more tablets daily to boost your immunity or deal with acute inflammation and pain, then you will be getting a powerful dose of natural vitamin C.
Too much vitamin C can lead to diarrhea and an upset stomach, especially for those with sensitive stomachs. However, this is less likely with the natural dosage you receive taking Rose-Hip Vital.
In fact, Grace Gawler who is Founder/Director of The Grace Gawler Institute and a consultant in complementary, naturopathic and botanical medicine, recommends Rose-Hip Vital to her recovering cancer patients not just for the pain relief and effects it has on inflammation markers in the body but also because it offers a dosage of vitamin C that is bio-compatible. She says it’s “safe and effective, delivering massive benefits with no contraindications or side effects” so it doesn’t interfere with the other medication taken by her patients.
In summary, vitamin C remains an important supplement to help boost your immunity, fight infections and help heal the body. Just like the food we eat, the supplements you take are best for the body when they come from a natural source. When you take Rose-Hip Vital you know that it offers a plethora of health benefits for general health and well being, including vitamin C, all delivered from a natural source !