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Vitamin C is one of the most widely recognized and used anti-oxidants in the world. This anti-oxidant plays a critical role in helping the immune system, joints and arteries heal and function properly. The best way to use vitamin C is in combination with a natural bioflavinoid complex which synergizes with vitamin C to provide broad spectrum anti-oxidant protection.
Much of our physiology is based on the movement of electrons from one compound to another. Unstable molecules that are missing an electron are called free radicals and they are catabolic to the body. These free radicals are formed in a cycle called oxidative stress that creates damage and instability in cells, tissues and organs in the body. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that acts to donate an electron to neutralize free radicals and restore peace and harmony to the body.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C:
WHAT VITAMIN C DOES IN OUR BODY:
Vitamin C has one of the most critical functions in the health of immune cells. White blood cells have to withstand the attack of various pathogens and free radicals and depend upon the anti-oxidant power of vitamin C in order to do so. Vitamin C is also an important part of reducing the histamine-mediated inflammation associated with colds, fevers, flu’s and allergies (1, 2, 3).
Vitamin C is also critical for healthy collagen formation within the body. Collagen production is important for to healthy skin, hair, ligaments, bones, tendons and discs (4, 5). Using high doses of vitamin C has been shown in previous studies to improve the healing process of cuts, wounds, burns, sprains/strains and broken bones (6, 7, 8).
Vitamin C plays such an important role in eye health that many experts believe taking 1-2 grams of supplemental vitamin C daily has the potential to stop cataracts all together.
WHY VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENTATION:
In early 1972, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 1000 subjects taking 1000 mg of vitamin C per day provided support for the use of vitamin C supplementation for common immune challenges.
The study results revealed that the supplementation group missed significantly fewer days from work/activities and had fewer days per episode of immune challenge; in addition, significantly more subjects taking vitamin C remained symptom free throughout the study (9)
THE POWER OF BIOFLAVONOIDS:
Bioflavonoids (also known as flavonoids) are phytochemicals that are often found together with vitamin C in nature and are generally considered to be among the most important and interesting classes of biologically active compounds in contemporary research.
More than 4000 bioflavonoids have been identified. Intake of flavonoids is associated with healthy cardiovascular status, the body’s normal response to inflammation, and positive microbial balance (10, 11).
Citrus bioflavonoids are commonly used in Europe for blood vessel and lymph system support. US practitioners utilize bioflavonoids in protocols to support tissue and joint comfort and the body’s normal response to inflammation,(12-14) respiratory (15,16), eye health and maintenance of cardiovascular health.(17-20)
Citrus bioflavonoids are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and have been recognized for their neuroprotective effects (21). As cell-signaling agents, bioflavonoids are believed to support healthy cell growth and normal cell-life regulation, stimulate detoxification enzymes, decrease vascular cell adhesion molecules, increase vasodilation, and support healthy platelet function (22).
INTRODUCING SUPER C:
Super C™ combines high-potency vitamin C with a standardized, full-spectrum, citrus bioflavonoid complex. Both vitamin C and bioflavonoids have been extensively researched for their roles in supporting antioxidant and immune function.
Super C is formulated to provide antioxidant protection, enhance immune function, and support synthesis and function of collagen, carnitine, and neurotransmitters. Each capsule of Super C provides 500 mg of vitamin C and 500 mg of citrus bioflavonoid complex in a one-to-one ratio.
The combination of vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoids in Super C ensures that a wide range of metabolic functions will be supported.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Rev. 09/22/15 References
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