One of the top supplements I recommend to my clients is whole complex Vitamin C, not ascorbic acid. And the most common question I get is, “what is the difference?”

The whole Vitamin C complex (referred to as just “Vitamin C” for the remained of this post) contains hundreds of components, of which ascorbic acid is just one. Our bodies need the entire complex. When you eat foods like citrus, berries, fruits and green vegetables, you’re getting a lot more than ascorbic acid. You’re getting the entire Vitamin C molecule and other bioflavonoids. Ascorbic acid in isolation does not have the same affect on the body as Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid acts more like an antibiotic where as Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. It is also a critical component of collagen and other tissues. So, ascorbic acid could have a place in treating an acute infection like a virus, but if used on a regular basis it will actually begin to deplete the body of the other components of the whole C complex.

Why do we need Vitamin C? Vitamin C contains bioavailable copper ions. After doing hair tissue mineral analysis tests on hundreds of clients, I can safely say that a majority of people I’ve tested have some degree of copper dysregulation. Ceruloplasmin is a protein made in the liver that transports copper around the body to do its job. Ascorbic acid actually inhibits ceruloplasmin production, where as the Vitamin C supports ceruloplasmin production. Vitamin C is the best way to give the body an important element to balance copper. It is crucial for tissue integrity, including skin, gums, bones, ligaments, arteries, veins and more. Vitamin C is also critical for the adrenal glands. In fact, the adrenal glands have the highest amount of stored Vitamin C of any body tissue or organ. Adrenal fatigue is another extremely prevalent condition I see in my practice and whole complex Vitamin C gives the adrenals some crucial support.

What are some symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency?

  • Bruising easily
  • Bleeding gums
  • Osteoporosis, osteopenia
  • Heart Disease
  • Poor Immunity
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Poor quality skin, hair and nails
  • Slow Wound Healing
  • Leaky Gut
  • Anemia