By now you probably have a good idea that vitamin C is useful for both your body’s health and the care of your skin. You’ve probably even done a little bit of research and ended up finding out that vitamin C comes in different varieties. It begs the question as to which ones you actually need. OROGOLD understands that the topic is a bit confusing at times, and would like to offer a simple explanation that should help things be a bit clearer. Just remember that you do need vitamin C in your diet and to eat foods rich in it as that will always be the kind of vitamin C you need.
Natural vs. Synthetic
Anyone trying to take care of themselves inevitably ends up looking into nutritional supplements to help them cover up gaps in their diet or to get an extra boost of the vitamin for particular health properties. This where an issue can come into things. Some supplements utilize an entirely synthetic version of vitamin C. To understand the problem, you need to know that there are, in a way, two kinds of vitamin C. The one your body needs is called ‘L-ascorbic acid’. This is what you can get from eating foods rich in vitamin C. This itself has both a natural and a synthetic variety. Fortunately, they are identical as far as your body is concerned. However, there is another synthetic form that ends up in some products that, while maintaining some properties of vitamin C, cannot be processed by your body. The good news is this second form is seldom, if ever, in things you eat, but could be in topical products.
Ascorbic vs. Mineral Ascorbic
Plenty of people directly supplement their vitamin c by supplement. Since vitamin C is ‘l-ascorbic acid’, the acidic nature of the vitamin C can cause stomach issues in the kind of concentrations represented by a supplement. This has lead to different kind of supplements being made to try and curtail this effect. They use different minerals in combination with the ascorbic acid to decrease the acidity to hopefully eliminate the ill effects on the stomach of anyone taking them. These come in a variety of forms, and the particular mineral mixed with the vitamin C can offer different health benefits depending upon the diet of a given individual.
Food is the Best
Various studies by doctors have continually come to the conclusion that the kind of vitamin C that is best for you is not anything you can take in a supplement. It is best for your body to eat foods rich in vitamin C rather than supplementing. Supplements have less strict standards on what goes into their mix, and it is easy for a given person to get more of a vitamin than they need through supplements. This leads to a build up of the vitamin that can in turn cause severe health problems. By contrast, eating foods rich in vitamin C allows your body to naturally take what it needs from the food alongside all of the other beneficial vitamins and aspects of the food. These promote greater personal health than a supplement can.
In the end, determining your body’s vitamin C needs is a topic for discussion with your doctor. Eating a healthy diet will generally get you the variety of vitamin C that you need and in the amounts you need. If your doctor diagnoses you as vitamin C deficient and he suggests a supplement, then you should listen to your doctor. Outside of that situation you should avoid vitamin C supplementation though. However, OROGOLD will remind you that topical vitamin C has a place in a variety of products and can help boost skin health alongside a proper diet.