Vitamin C is a well‐known vitamin which is water soluble. This means that the body doesn’t store it; excess is excreted from the body through urine. For this reason, we need to ensure we obtain it from our diets on a regular basis. Our bodies can’t synthesis vitamin C, so it’s essential that we consume it through our diets.1
Vitamin C supplements are often taken because they are known to help support the immune system. There are many different forms on the market – tablets, chewable tablets, powders and liquids. You can also get different types of Vitamin C – ascorbic acid which is the major dietary form, and mineral ascorbates such as sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium ascorbates.
Ascorbic acid is the pure form of vitamin C, and as the name suggests, it’s acidic. Vitamin C is generally well tolerated. For some people though, the pure ascorbic acid form may be too acidic and cause some irritation through the digestive system. An upset stomach or diarrhea may result. If this is the case, then a non‐acidic form of vitamin C could be a suitable alternative.
When ascorbic acid is bound with a mineral such as calcium or sodium, it becomes buffered and this changes it to a non-acidic form of vitamin C. Buffered forms of vitamin C are gentle on the stomach, but you still get all the regular benefits of Vitamin C, which include:
- Provides antioxidant support
- Supports immune system function
- Helps relieve the symptoms of colds
- Helps reduce the severity and duration of colds
- Assists in minor would healing
- Helps relieve the symptoms of hayfever
- An essential component for collagen and connective tissue formation
If you have a sensitive stomach, there’s no need to shy away from Vitamin C; try a non-acidic or buffered form of Vitamin C instead.
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