Some of us begins the year with elaborate detox plans or strict fitness regimes. While this newfound push for wellness is admirable, we have to make sure we have our basics covered, too.
Ensuring we have enough vitamin C is one of them - most of us will require higher amounts during the winter months. When you’re ill or exposed to stress, as much as 20–40 times more vitamin C is needed for optimal health and wellness.
As our bodies cannot produce this essential vitamin, proper diet or supplementation can make all the difference. But not all vitamin C supplements are equally beneficial, or even safe.
The popular ascorbic acid is actually synthetic vitamin C and worryingly, it's often derived from GMO corn. Shocking? What's even more unsettling is the fact that most supplements contain this form of vitamin C. Even many juices, including organic ones, are loaded with synthetic vitamin C - ascorbic acid.
The matter is serious: ascorbic acid has been linked to some serious health problem in the last years, including contributing to the formation of genotoxins that can lead to cancer (Jun 15, 2001 issue of Science), greater propensity toward thickening of the arteries (Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2000), reduced endurance capacity from interference with antioxidant enzymes (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan 2008)
The good news? There are ways to get your vitamin C from whole food nutrients with all the available co-factors - even if your diet is imperfect.
Pure Radiance C by Synergy Company is one of our favourites. Rather than a synthetic creation of an unknown origin, Synergy Company offers a vibrant, living blend of wildcrafted camu camu and organic amla, acerola, blueberries, raspberries, lemons, cranberries, cherries, rose hips, and sprouts — 100% natural sources of vitamin C. Pure Radiance C is non-acidic, free of corn-derived ascorbic acid, and perfectly pure and whole — just as nature intended.