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Symptoms of Vitamin C Deficiency and how much Vitamin C do we really need?

Most people today do not think about being deficient in vitamin C. There are so many available sources we have access to that it doesn’t become a second thought. From citrus fruits to pills, C is in our faces all the time, but are you really getting all the C you need?

When it comes to C deficiency we probably think of the most obvious “old time” disease, scurvy. Without C, collagen (the glue that holds cells together) is too weak to perform its duty leading, in the advance stages, to open, puss filled sores, loss of teeth and eventually death. Unlike most animals who can synthesize their own C, we need to replenish ours because we can only store it for so long before it gets used up. That is why sailors on long voyages, explorers, and soldiers separated from C sources were prone to this disease.

Since the discovery of the benefits of vitamin C we no longer need to worry about major C deficiencies. Yet even mild cases can have symptoms. Weakness, poor healing of wounds, anemia, swollen gums, and nosebleeds are common signs of mild vitamin C deficiency. Edema (water retention), weakness, lack of energy, poor digestion, painful joints and bronchial infection and colds also occur with a shortage of vitamin C. It can also be misdiagnosed as depression.

Vitamin C is measured in food sources by a scientific process called titration. The titration of vitamin C is a process of volumetric analysis used to find out how much vitamin C is concentrated in a vitamin source. This process includes dissolving the vitamin source whether it is a pill, fresh fruit juice, packaged fruits, or natural food sources in water straining it and putting it through a redox reaction, based on an oxidizing agent and a reducing agent; usually using iodine. Basically the C reacts with the iodine and creates a blue color. As more reactant is added the color goes away, thus giving the formula needed to determine the C content.

How much C do we really need? That depends on who you talk to. The Recommended Daily Allowance is 45mg for children ages 4-16 and 75mg to 90mg for adults. Sadly, most people do not get even these minimal amounts. For optimal antioxidant protection we need much more C than the RDA. For those who are exposed to pollution regularly, have a high stress level, who are older, smoke or are around smokers, have a family history of heart disease or cancer, low physical activity, and are exposed to the sun a lot (this list could go on) the more C is needed.

So how much do the researchers take? Dr. Albert Szent who won the Nobel prize in 1937 for isolating pure vitamin C took 1,000mg until his 80’s when he started taking 2,000mg a day. Linus Pauling, one of the most important scientists of the 20th century, suggested anywhere from 450mg to 4,500mg and even up to 10,000mg per day; in his 90’s he took up to 18,000mg per day. Bruce Miller, D.D.S., C.N.S., the author of Antioxidants Made Simple, takes 4,000mg per day and more if he feels a cold coming on.

How is it that these people take so much C without problems? C is a water soluble vitamin that cannot be stored by the body. Once our bodies use it up we need to replenish. What our bodies do not use gets flushed out of our system. That is why it is important to have a consistent intake and why it is not possible to overdose.

 How much should you take? 100mg to 500mg a day is a good place to start. For the most benefit take at least 500mg a day, but as you can see 10,000mg and more has been suggested and tried with no adverse side effects. Of course if you are going to take a lot of C you should spread it out through the day, too much at once can cause diarrhea and stomach upset. If you are already taking nitrate medications for heart disease, you will want to talk to your doctor about taking a lot of vitamin C, a large amount can make them less effective.

Eating fresh fruits and veggies are a great way to get this vitamin, just plan on eating a lot throughout the day. Common sources include papaya, red bell peppers, tomatoes, hot green chilies, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges and all citrus fruits, strawberries, parsley, kale, mustard greens, spinach, cabbage, cantaloupe, watermelon, winter squash, onions, oregano, garlic and certain raw organ meats such as liver and heart. Incorporating as much of these foods as you can into your diet in fresh and interesting ways will keep you in better health. Most researchers suggest eating these foods along with taking a high-quality vitamin C supplement as a sure way to keep up on your vitamin C.

Taking a vitamin supplement will assure that you are getting all the benefits of a consistent vitamin C intake. Shaklee has several options for getting all you need to fight the onslaught of free radicals and deficiencies in your daily life. Whether it is a sustained release tablet, a delicious chew-able tablet for those who do not like to swallow pills, or combined with our high-potency iron, we can help.

Shaklee’s Vita-Lea—What so special?

The raw materials of nutritional supplements, whether it can maintain the original natural balance will have to depending on its processing and production processes. Due to manufacturer’s product line features, usually it can revealed from the deployment of multiple vitamin and mineral, let us take a look at Shaklee’s Vita-Lea.

In the processing of multivitamin and mineral, various nutrition gradually fused together until they form a paste, or mixtures. In such, liquids must be removed to produce flakes. Most companies using petroleum products to mashing. Then, they must remove liquid from the pulp into a tablet, here the liquid is alcohol. Normally, when you open a bottle of nutritional supplements which made from alcohol or other petroleum products, you will be able to smell the taste of the oil.

Shaklee only use of pure water to integrate Vita-Lea, when the slurry form a solid tablet, only the water is evaporated, it has no oil or chemical residue can be leave.

What you can do to verify this?

You just have to heat a nutritional tablet. You will be able to know whether the manufacturer use petroleum products or chemical binders in the manufacturing process. It is advice that you do it outdoors, because if the product processing involves oil (it is likely to involve), after burning the odor will be very pungent and its residue is a cloud of black dirt.

Burning test with a brand of multivitamin in the market, the odor is very pungent and its residue is a cloud of black dirt.

Now, you can do the same test on Shaklee’s Vita-Lea. It odor like charred vegetables and the residue is nothing but a pile of ashes.

Burning test with Vita-Lea tablet, odor like charred vegetables and the residue is a pile of ashes.

The integration of multivitamin mineral pulp needs more cost and very time-consuming if using water instead of petroleum products, however, Shaklee insists using only pure water.

Shaklee “Explo-Tab

Some companies produce their so-called “time release” multiple nutritional supplements. They want you to believe that you have achieved something unique and effective. “Time release” multiple nutritional supplements trouble is, many nutrients are early absorbed in the digestive process, but later failed to properly absorb. If the “time release” multiple nutritional supplement failed to correctly release of each nutrient at the appropriate time, then you will lose.

For some nutritional supplements, such as vitamin C, the “time release” system is indeed very useful. But this system is not suitable for a multivitamin and minerals. What appropriate for this kind of product is called “Explo-Tab“. Shaklee’s Vita-Lea has used this technology for many years and effectively release nutrients.

Cross section view of Vita-Lea’s tablet

Cross section view of other multivitamin’s tablet

Shaklee’s “Explo-Tab” technology allow tablet to stay in the digestive system for a while, and then quickly explode to release the nutrition. The following describes the “Explo-Tab” operation. If you cut Vita-Lea’s tablet into very fine shreds and observed under microscope, you will see a small white balls. These fine balls are starch grains. When these starch grains get wet, they will be expansion and forcing the tablets “explosion”, and release nutrition within.

Now, let us do some experiments to see how good the multivitamin dissolve.

(Note: The experiment was conducted with Vita-Lea’s tablet and another brand of multivitamin in tab water, just to show what the “Explo-tab” is) 

Put a tablet of Vita-Lea into a glass of tap water, let it dissolve, you can see the above-mentioned activities. If you want to emulate the situation in the stomach, adding a few drops of vinegar to make it acidic. After a while you will see the “Explo-Tab” decomposition. Now, use another multivitamin to make the same test. You will find that other nutritional tablets may (a) cannot be dissolved, (b)a portion dissolved, or (c) dissolved sometime in the next day, depending on the individual brands.

The ingredients is fully released and dissolved within 5 minutes

Other multivitamin–the ingredients is not released after 12 minutes, only the outer layer (brown colour)is dissolved.

It is rarely have multivitamins supplements such as the Shaklee’s Vita-Lea which can completely and timely to decompose and release the nutrition.

Who will benefit from Vita-Lea

  • Women who are trying to conceive
  • Anyone interested in promoting long-term health and vitality
  • Anyone whose day-to-day diet is not always optimal
  • Those who are concerned about providing added support for immune function
  • Those who live an especially stressful lifestyle
  • Anyone who gets sick often
  • Those who feel bad and tired more often than they feel good and alert

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