The Negative Impact of Sugar in your Vitamin C Supplements

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The Negative Impact of Sugar in your Vitamin C Supplements

Vitamin C is one of the most researched antioxidants available on the market, and its invaluable health benefits range from supporting the immune system and protecting against free radical damage to assisting in the treatment of infectious diseases. When Researcher Linus Pauling conducted his experiments on how the body utilizes Vitamin C in the 1970’s, he discovered that white blood cells necessitate Vitamin C to combat viruses and bacteria. It has been shown that white blood cells require a concentration 50 times higher of Vitamin C inside the cell as compared to outside the cell, so this accumulation of Vitamin C is vital.

Due to Vitamin C and glucose having similar molecular structures and chemical makeups, significant altercations can occur as sugar levels go up within the body. Because refined dietary sugars lack vitamins and minerals, they naturally draw upon the body’s micronutrient stores in order to be successfully metabolized by the body. What mediates the entry of Vitamin C into white blood cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of glucose. As such, both molecules end up competing against one another upon entering the cells. Thus, the more sugar that becomes available for uptake in the body, the less Vitamin C that is allowed into the white blood cells.

So what does this have to do with your Vitamin C Supplements?

The average American diet consumes approximately 1 – 3 pounds of sugar per week. Unfortunately, refined sugars are made available in many forms including high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose (corn sugar) and sucrose (table sugar). These various forms of the sugar molecule can be found in many different types of food items consumed each day—including nutritional supplements. Vitamin C supplements specifically come in many different forms including gummies and powders, and while some of these may taste delicious, the sugar content within these supplements may minimize, if not completely remove, any nutritional benefits that the Vitamin C supplement may have otherwise provided.


So how can you ensure you’re taking the right Vitamin C Supplement for you?

There are various types of Vitamin C supplements available on the market that you can benefit from. As research shows, the next time you’re out shopping for your Vitamin C, make sure to check the supplement facts and ensure there’s no added sugars in the formula. In doing so, you can make the most out of your supplement and help support your immune system and overall health.

At Vitalah®, our goal is to support optimal health. We use only the highest-quality ingredients in their most absorbable form in order to deliver formulas of exceptional integrity and efficacy. Be sure to check out Immune Oxylent® if you’re looking to boost your Vitamin C intake along with other premium nutrients. With 1000mg of Vitamin C in each serving, you can ensure you’re providing your body with the nutrients it needs without the added sugars and preservatives.

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