Which Vitamin C do you prefer? Ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate

December 3, 2009 12:15pm CST
I grew up drinking vitamin C everyday. At first, i did not think that my stomach pains had something to do with the vitmains I am taking. When i finally noticed it, i stopped taking vitamin-C. Along with my poor eating habits, I was already hyperacidic and eventually had ulcers. i thought i would never take vitamin-C again. Until last year, i discovered sodium ascorbate vitamin-C. I asked my doctor about it and gave the the go signal. Do you believe that sodium ascorbate is a substitute to the traditional ascorbic acid? Do you have experiences relating to this? Please share it.... Thank you.
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@owlwings (40108)
• Cambridge, England
3 Dec 09
Sodium ascorbate is a sodium salt of ascorbic acid. It is NOT Vitamin C (which is ascorbic acid) but may be better tolerated by the body. It is one of the 'mineral ascorbates' and is a recognised and safe food additive (E301, if you are in Europe). It is used as an acidity regulator (to prevent foods from being too acid) and as an antioxidant (mainly to stop foods from discolouring due to oxidation). You will certainly not come to any harm from taking it, so long as you stick to the recommended dosage. It shouldn't really be seen as a substitute or alternative, however. Vitamin C itself (ascorbic acid) is probably used by the body at some point as one or more of its salts but there is really no substitute for giving the body natural products - and by that I mean fruit and vegetables containing Vitamin C and, of course, other vitamins and minerals. In the short term (as when the body appears to need help with its immune system) and, perhaps, in situations where fresh fruit is not readily available, doses of artificial Vitamin C (that is chemical ascorbic acid tablets and drinks) may be beneficial but in the long term it is best to make sure that one has a good, balanced diet with fresh fruit, vegetables, carbohydrate, fibre and protein in proportion. Along with those, of course, come the necessary vitamins and minerals. It is much better to get your Vitamin C naturally in combination with all of the other things than to rely on a poor diet and supplements!
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Thank you very much for the info. I learned something very valuable today. Sodium ascorbate is an acidity regulator and antioxidant. You are right, there is still no substitute to a balanced diet and natural vitamin-C. Thanks again!!!