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How do I Choose the Best Vitamin C Powder?

By Constance Simmons
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Vitamin C powder is a dietary supplement that is mixed and taken with water. Choosing the best vitamin C powder requires first assessing the needs of the individual. There are a plethora of brands and characteristics to choose from when shopping for powdered vitamin C. Prospective buyers should consider the origin of the vitamin C, quality of the product, reason for use, stomach sensitivity, cost, and additional ingredients.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is known to improve the immune system. It is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that excess passes through the body and is not stored. This makes receiving vitamin C from supplements or the diet important. A deficiency in vitamin C can result in a weakened immune system and scurvy, in extreme cases. Individuals with who have greater than the average amount of vitamin C in their blood have been shown to live longer lives and have a decreased risk of heart disease.

Vitamin C powder is available in different two different forms. The first and most pure is 100% vitamin C. This powder is ultra thin and is completely pure, with no additives. Vitamin C in powder form is easily absorbed by water and then quickly taken in by the body. For these reasons this form of vitamin C is considered the most beneficial.

The vitamin C used to make the powder can come from plants that are natural sources of the vitamin. The most often used plants are corn and beets. When looking for a vitamin C powder, it is important to note that it is also called ascorbic acid or hydrogen ascorbate.

The majority of vitamin C found in powders is derived from corn because it is the least expensive source. Corn, especially genetically modified corn, creates toxic secretions when used to extract the ascorbic acid. For this reason, vitamin C powders that come from genetically modified corn are some of the least desirable.

Unfortunately pure vitamin C powder cannot be tolerated by those with weak stomachs. There is another alternative for those individuals in the form of buffered powdered vitamin C. Buffered powder will have added ingredients, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium to make it gentler on the stomach. Manufacturers also claim that these ingredients will make the powder taste better when taken with water.

Quality vitamin C powders will not have artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, sugar, or sodium. If any of these ingredients are listed, the product's quality should be questioned. It is also important to purchase these supplements from reputable sources.

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Discussion Comments
By anon935074 — On Feb 23, 2014

@burcidi: I take doubleX made by nutrilite. I am sure their products are good since I read and learned a lot from their articles about living/ eating healthy. But I am still thinking of extra boost of as you called ''synthetic'' ascorbic acid. It can be harmful for your stomach because it is acid, but I read from so many sources, which are written by people who fight against the Rockefeller drug empire, that it is good to take an extra dose of vitamin C.

By burcidi — On Dec 26, 2013

@literally45-- If the product doesn't list the source of the vitamin C, I think that's bad. It might be synthetic vitamin C which has no benefits. It's actually harmful for health.

Pure vitamin C supplements should mention on the label that it is made from real food. The vitamin C powder I'm taking is made from South American cherries. It costs a little bit more but it last me a long time and I know that it's safe.

By literally45 — On Dec 25, 2013

@SarahGen-- I use vitamin C powder without fillers. It doesn't have any flavor. You can mix it into water, juice or smoothies. I like to put it in my morning smoothie or my after work-out smoothie. It dissolves easily and as I said, it doesn't have a taste of its own.

The only downside to the supplement I'm using is that I don't know what it's made from. It doesn't specify the source and where it's produced. I'm thinking about calling the manufacturer to find out.

If you're unsure about vitamin C powder, there are also vitamin C crystals and liquid vitamin C supplements.

By SarahGen — On Dec 25, 2013

I know that ascorbic acid powder without fillers is the best type. But how do people drink it? Does it taste okay when it's mixed with water? If it tastes like medication, I think I'd rather get the flavored type, even if it's not as beneficial.

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