Vitamin C as an Essential Vitamin
Thousands of vital biochemical processes in your body cannot be carried out without vitamin C. This essential micronutrient is necessary for the formation of collagen, which is what composes connective tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments, joints, capillaries, and tendons.
Vitamin C is a very crucial nutrient in supporting immune response. That's because vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin, which means it can help protect your cells from oxidation and free radical damage. It also helps protect the brain and the spine, which are the 2 of the most frequent target sites of free radical damage.
Some health care practitioners recommend a minimum of 500 mg a day, while others believe that 2,000-6,000 mg would be optimal for superior health and immunity.
A Water Soluble Vitamin
Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means two things: overdose is very unlikely because fat cells cannot store it, and that it has to be replenished on a daily basis to avoid deficiency. No need to worry about storing too much vitamin C. The real concern is getting enough of this vitamin on a daily basis since your cells do not stock up on it.
Natural Sources of Vitamin C
Humans, unlike other mammals, cannot make their own vitamin C. Animal flesh and by-products are totally devoid of vitamin C as it can only be obtained from plant sources. Natural food sources of vitamin C include:
- citrus fruits (lemon, oranges, and grapefruit)
- kiwi, guava, pineapples, mangoes
- strawberries, goji berries, blueberries
- bell peppers, broccoli, bok choi, spinach, green peas
- acerola cherries, acai berries, raw cacao
- rose hips, grapes, and apples
The problem is that vitamin C is very sensitive to heat. Cooked or pasteurized food sources of vitamin C either have very little of this vitamin left or are completely depleted of it.
Do you know why they add vitamin C to orange juice sold in cans, bottles, and cartons?
That's because the process of pasteurization cooks out most of the vitamin C naturally present in fresh raw oranges. So you may be eating broccoli but if it's steamed, boiled, baked, or stir-fried then you can be sure that it does not have the same vitamin C content of fresh, uncooked broccoli. Taking a potent, high quality vitamin C supplement is then a good option to help maintain optimum levels of vitamin C in the body.
Why Is Alpha Threonic C Different than other Vitamin C Supplements?
You may be taking higher doses of vitamin C but can your body utilize all of it? Adding threonic acid to our vitamin C supplement helps promote absorption. Threonic acid as a vitamin C metabolite helps boost the bioavailability (the ability of a nutrient to be used by the cells quickly) and potency of calcium ascorbate, a buffered, non-acidic type of vitamin C. Calcium ascorbate also has a pH (potential of hydrogen) of around 7.1, which means it can raise the body's alkaline stores. This is very important in managing organ health, blood oxygen levels, and immune response. Calcium ascorbate can be taken on an empty stomach.
Apricot Power combines threonic acid with plant sources of vitamin C such as:
- acerola cherry and rose hips, sources of natural ascorbic acid.
- alpha lipoic acid, both water and fat-soluble.
Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Cellulose, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica. Vegetarian/Vegan Product.
Suggested Usage: As a dietary supplement, take 1 Vcap1 to 3 times daily, preferably with meals. Consider taking this product in combination with our Pycnogenol and Tru-E BioComplex
Contains No: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg or shellfish.
90 servings per container
1 Capsule Serving Size
Amount per serving
Not listed Calories
Not listed Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
556% Vitamin C 500 mg
5% Calcium 60 mg
† Acerola Powder 25 mg
† Alpha Lipoic Acid 40 mg
† Citrus Bioflavanoid Complex 100 mg
† Rose Hips Powder 25 mg
† Rutin Powder 25 mg
† Transport C PLUS 650 mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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