Finding the best vitamin c available is not always easy. The advice we are about the share here comes from our personal experience with years of taking vitamin C.
Vitamin C tablets were difficult for me to take. Every time I opened the bottle, the smell would turn my stomach and I would eventually stop taking them.
Later I realized that although the quality of the vitamin C was reasonable, it was the additives, stabilizers, and sometimes coloring in tablets that were upsetting my stomach. And so began our search for the best vitamin C we could find.
Common additives are sterates, sterate acids, silicon dioxide, corn starch, cellulose gel, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxyprople methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol. These are the more natural ingredients. In the cheaper vitamin C formulas, the additives are much worse.
So our recommendation is to use a vitamin C powder or crystal in the form of sodium ascorbate. It's buffered with bicarbonate of soda. This means that the pH of sodium ascorbate is almost the same as your blood. You can take large quantities of this without stressing your body by increasing acidity. You also get the added benefit of the sodium ion, which in itself can be beneficial to healing and health in general.
The Vitamin C Foundation recommends using ascorbic acid and adding bicarbonate of soda to reduce acidity. Your choice. Both options seem to work just fine.
Dr. Tom Levy on the Many Faces of Vitamin C
Here's a summary of his recommendations.
Sodium ascorbate is probably the best and certainly the least expensive of the mineral ascorbates for regular supplementation at relatively high doses (six grams or more daily).
I never recommend the regular ingestion of vitamin C as calcium ascorbate.
For regular daily supplementation, sodium ascorbate is an economical, well-tolerated form of vitamin C.
For those wishing to have a near-complete absorption of their vitamin C dose, the liposome-encapsulated form of vitamin C is optimal.
For acute infectious and toxic states, I still recommend getting intravenous sodium ascorbate, usually at doses of 50 grams or more over several hours for most individuals. However, I would also recommend adding the liposome-encapsulated form of vitamin C orally at the same time.
If the intravenous sodium ascorbate is not available, I recommend taking sodium ascorbate to bowel tolerance, and then taking the liposome-encapsulated form of vitamin C, several grams hourly, guided by symptoms and clinical response to determine subsequent dosing.
We regularly use a sodium ascorbate powder that we purchase via a California based internet store called iHerb. We have had nothing but good service and top quality vitamin C. You are able to see the expiration date of the product you are considering purchasing, which for us is a big plus.
Their storage facilities are also air conditioned so that their products are not exposed to heat during storage, which is also important for the integrety of products, especially vitamins.
The best vitamin C that we use is by NutriBiotic. It's called Sodium Ascorbate Crystalline Powder and it comes in a 16 oz (454g) bottle. That means you have enough of the best vitamin C powder for 454 doses of one gram, although if you are taking vitamin C for some serious health condition, you may very well need to be taking more that 1 gram at a time.
In another article, we'll discuss how to dose to bowel tolerance so you can get as much vitamin C as possible without the undesired side effects of loose stools.
Since this vitamin C does not have any preservatives, it should be closed very tightly after every use (we seal the bottle in a plastic zip-lock bag) and protect it from light. Keep it in a dark cabinet, or cover with dark paper or cloth. Your sodium ascorbate will start to turn a bit yellowish, which means that it is oxidizing and may have lost some of it's healing properties.
If you are not using enough to make it worthwhile purchasing the large bottle, Source Naturals offers a 226 g bottle of sodium ascorbate crystals. It's a bit more expensive per gram, but if you aren't going to be using so much, then this is a good option.
These brands are available at many places online and the prices vary. In the end we always purchase from iHerb because we are sure of the expiration date.
If you live outside the US and don't want to or can't order the above vitamin C then you can try going to a compounding pharmacy. You will usually need a doctor's prescription, but your natural health care provider can get that for you, it you do indeed need it. We used to get our vitamin C this way, but found that it wasn't always so fresh. That's when we started buying from iHerb.
Best Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C Recommendation
It's not the purpose here to go into all the details of Liposome-encapsulated Ascorbate and will share our investigations on this in another article. We do want to present a few facts to you about this absolutely amazing from of vitamin C.
Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C is 98% bio-available. This means that you can use much less and get greater results.
It seems that 6 grams of Lypo-Spheric vitamin C can take the place of 25 grams of intervenus vitamin C. In the case of severe disease, Dr. Levy recommends the following:
I would also recommend adding the liposome-encapsulated form of vitamin C orally at the same time. If the intravenous sodium ascorbate is not available, I recommend taking sodium ascorbate to bowel tolerance, and then taking the liposome-encapsulated form of vitamin C, several grams hourly, guided by symptoms and clinical response to determine subsequent dosing.