Advantages Easily absorbed by the body, reduces infection, destroys free radicals
Disadvantages Bitter taste, too much can cause heartburn or diarrhoea, and it doesn't dissolve very easily in cold drinks
This year is the 75th anniversary of the discovery and isolation of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Prior to that, people had little idea what actually caused the disease scurvy, which was common amongst sailors in the 18th and 19th centuries. Trial and error had shown that eating a small amount of citrus fruit each day while on board a long journey by ship would ward off the disease, but that was about the extent of public knowledge. In 1928, vitamin C was isolated and shown to play a vital role in the prevention of scurvy. Vitamin C is present in varying quantities in almost all fresh fruit, not ...
4 of 4 Ciao users found the following review helpful
Just when someone told me I would only be able to get pure, powdered vitamin C on special order, I went to Boots, and there it was. Hooray! Pure vitamin C powder is absorbed faster by the body than tablets are, and it doesn't have the chemicals and flavours that the effervescent tablets do. This makes it especially useful when your body needs C immediately (for example, if you have been exposed to something you are allergic to or intolerant of). It is also good because it means that it is less likely to interfere with the absorption of other vitamins. It also makes it really easy to vary your ...