The Benefits of Buffered Vitamin C

“There is an extensive amount of research on vitamin C…Vitamin C has excellent antioxidant properties. Many free radical reactions that may initiate the cancer and cardiovascular disease are limited by the presence in tissues and cells of adequate amounts of specific antioxidants which include vitamin C…Vitamins by itself or in coordination with other nutrients may have an inhibiting effect in bacterial and viral infection. There is increasing support for the concept that optimal nutritional and optimal defense systems to fight infection and chronic disease including coronary heart disease and cancer involve higher amounts of the RDA of vitamin C and also other antioxidants such as vitamin E…A higher intake of these beneficial and protective micronutrients appears to be perfectly safe…”


“Vitamin C in Disease Prevention”, Weisburger, John H., Ph.D., M.D., Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 1995;14(2):109-111.

Vitamin C is undoubtably one of the most important nutrients for our bodies.  Just look at all it does: It has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes accelerated healing, and boosts immunity.  Vitamin C, like B vitamins, is water soluble and found in a complex of other nutrients referred to as Bioflavonoids.  Vitamin C is necessary for collagen synthesis which strengthens blood vessel walls, forms scar tissue, and the matrix for bone growth, skin and tendons.  It is also an antioxidant, part of amino acid metabolism, strengthens the body’s resistance to infection and helps in the absorption of iron.  Vitamin C is also important for producing thyroxine, the hormone responsible for regulating basal metabolic rate and body temperature.

Clearly, our bodies need Vitamin C, yet we are only of the only groups of mammals that cannot synthesize it ourselves.  Not only that, but hen the body goes through periods of stress it can deplete Vitamin C, which is used in the release of stress hormones from the adrenal gland.  Also, while getting Vitamin C from the source is always preferred, it is easily destroyed in our foods through exposure to heat, light and processing-think of how far oranges have to go to get to us!  Vitamin C is further depleted from the body from smoking, alcohol use and diuretics like caffeine.


The government’s Recommended Dietary Allowance is 60mg/day for adults but this is specifically to prevent scurvy.  An individual’s vitamin C need can be drastically higher, and since there is no risk of overdosing (any extra Vitamin C that your body does not need will pass through the system), many choose to take higher amounts on a daily basis.  For more information on dosing Vitamin C accurately, check out the Buffered C Flush.

So, what makes The Nutrition Shoppe’s Buffered Vitamin C different?  The name says it all: buffering.  Buffering is a process by which the Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is bound to a buffering agent, usually a mineral like calcium to make it pH neutral.   The product is then referred to as Calcium Ascorbate or L-Ascorbate. This is particularly beneficial to people who want to take high amounts of Vitamin C as in its normal Ascorbic Acid form, Vitamin C can cause stomach upset and/or diarrhea.  Not to mention that the naturally acidic Ascorbic Acid forms can cause complications with those suffering from GERD or acid reflux, and can wear away tooth enamel.

The Nutrition Shoppe’s Buffered Vitamin C is highly absorbable, easy to dose and take, and an essential part of any vitamin or supplement

plan for the benefits listed above and much more.

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