By Arturo Galindo, Cert. Nutritional Therapist
There are many reasons why you want to take a vitamin C powder. Cleanse the body. Relieve constipation. Softer skin. Better health. Those are a few of the reasons.
But what exactly are vitamin C powders? What is the difference between powders and crystals? Which one is best for you? How do you take a vitamin C powder and how much? What are the best brands?
Those are a few of the questions that I will help you answer in this article. My family and I have been taking vitamin C powders for many years. We’ve tried many different brands. And learned lots of tricks along the way that we want to share with you!
Vitamin C powders can be a little intimidating. The reason is that there are so many technical names associated with vitamin C or ascorbic acid. Don’t worry, I’ll try to make things clear for you.
But first, let me say that not all vitamin C powders work in the same way for all people.
The good news is that there are different forms of powders and many brands available. Read the labels, learn what works for you, and switch forms and/or brands if you need to.
Now, here are some of the names associated with buffered vitamin C powders.
First, a chemical process separates ascorbic acid from food into vitamin C crystals. Vitamin C powders are then produced by grinding ascorbic acid crystals.
Both crystals and powders are fine white particles that look like sugar. Crystals are a little coarser than powders and take a little longer to dissolve in liquids. Other than that, both crystals and powders are very similar.
Deciding whether to use powders or crystals is a matter of personal preference. Both powders and crystals are very effective, cheap and available on the internet.
And both powders and crystals are great options to make sure you are never deficient in vitamin C.
When vitamin C mixes with other nutrients or substances it means it is “buffered”. Here are some of the reasons:
Also, here's some information about buffered vitamin C powders.
Ascorbic acid or vitamin C can come in the form of powders and crystals. They both look a lot like sugar.
The main difference is that powders are more fine-grained than crystals and dissolve faster in water.
Other than that, they are both as effective and cheap. Here's more information about vitamin c crystals.
Vitamin C powders are 100% ascorbic acid, so they are sour or acidic.
But the great news is that vitamin C is a weak acid. Almost as weak as lemonade. If you can eat oranges, drink a soda, or add vinegar to your salad, then you have nothing to worry about.
Here is how you can take your vitamin C powder.
My family and I always mix the vitamin C powder in a glass of water.
It’s always fun to see the kids making faces as they drink they vitamin C.
It’s like when you give a baby a lemon for the first time and makes all these funny faces.
Do the kids complain? Sometimes. But they still drink it because they learned it’s good for them. I'll protect them and make them feel better from whatever it is that they may be complaining about.
I started giving powders to my kids from the time they were born. I used to add a pinch of the powder in their feeding bottle with milk.
Here's a video of them taking their vitamin C powder...
If you are one of the few people that have a very sensitive stomach, you have the following options:
It’s likely that your stomach sensitivity is because your body is not used to the vitamin C.
You need to increase the amount little by little per day to the desired dose that your body needs.
You first need to find out how much vitamin C your body needs. It takes some experimentation but it’s definitely worth it.
If you are tired of being sick all the time like I was, then you have a strong motivation!
A one-quarter teaspoon of ascorbic acid powder or crystal is about 1,000 mg (1 gram). So one full teaspoon is between 3-4 grams.
Let’s say, for example, that your body needs about 10 grams of vitamin C every day for optimal health. The best thing to do is to divide the 10 grams into as many doses throughout the day as possible.
For example, you may decide to follow this vitamin C dosage plan:
In the above example, you divide your 10 grams into 3 doses throughout the day. Depending on your own circumstances, you may want to use other forms of vitamin C, such as liposomes. Or you may want to use more tables and fewer powders.
It’s all up to you and what you find that works best for your body!
Another benefit when you take vitamin C powder in the morning is to relieve constipation. Yes, vitamin C can help you have regular predictable bowel movements....
What I've found is that you must take at least 4-6 grams of vitamin C powder at one time an empty stomach. Drink lots of water and also wait at least 10 minutes before you eat anything.
Believe me… it’s definitely worth it! You will have more energy and feel lighter throughout your day!
Vitamin C powders are cheap to make. And there are many brands available on the internet.
Most vitamin C powders are made from corn.
A few are made from other plants with high vitamin C content, such as acerola cherries. But they are more expensive than commercial ascorbic acid made from corn.
Many say that vitamin C derived from other plants is no better than the pure ascorbic acid made from corn. Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling is one of these experts.
I’ve never tried any of the vitamin C sources from plants other than corn. My family and I always buy the 100% pure ascorbic acid made from corn.
Many other fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of vitamin. Citrus fruits, peppers, leafy vegetables, among many others.
This is the main reason to eat right and also supplement. You always want to give your body a wide variety of nutrients. Nutrients such as bioflavonoids and other antioxidants.
Here are some of the vitamin C powder brands that we have used and we trust:
Tip: Buffered powders are generally more expensive. Try to buy the ingredients separately and mix them with ascorbic acid. This will save you some money.
For example, I buy a 2.2 pure can of ascorbic acid, and I buy a bag of high quality lysine and mix them. This is the protocol that Linus Pauling recommends for controlling high blood pressure.