I began my search for the best vitamin C powder supplement when I started making bone broth for my son with bad eczema. I could have used apple cider vinegar, but it is very high in salicylates, which we were eliminating from his diet, in a bid to remove the last bit of chronic inflammation and itch.
In this article, we will look into
- why supplement vitamin C
- dosage of supplementing vitamin C
- what to look out for when sourcing vitamin C powder supplement
- our recommendation – why it is the best
Why supplement vitamin C
We all know vitamin C has loads of benefits:
- improve immunity
- prevent stroke and other cardiovascular diseases
- improve eye health
- reduce the risk of cancer, as it is a great antioxidant
- beneficial to skin health, especially in preventing wrinkles
- aid in iron absorption
It is such an important vitamin, it is needed for growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. The thing is, our body does not make vitamin C on its own, neither does it store vitamin C. Since it is water-soluble, whatever that is in excess of what the body can absorb gets passed out in the urine.
So we need a daily intake of vitamin C from foods that are rich in it, including many fruits and vegetables.
The other main reason why my family needs to find a reliable vitamin C supplement is because we need a pure ascorbic acid in our bone broth, to help leach out the minerals and nutrients as it simmers for hours and hours. This will greatly reduce the cooking time needed to extract all the goodness from the bones, which serves as a great gut healing food.
Dosage of supplementing vitamin C
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C is 25 to 45 mg per day in children, and 75 to 90 mg per day in adults. But for any health issues that you are trying to manage, the body needs much more than that – 500 mg per day. For its effects of fighting against free radicals, and its cell building and repairing work, we need this larger dose in excess of the RDA.
Supplementing vitamin C is safe, effective and easy to do, with no known serious side effects, except for stomach upset if taken in excess of 2000 mg per day.
What do we look for in the best vitamin C powder supplement
To qualify in our opinion as the best vitamin C powder supplement, it has to meet our stringent criteria in terms of quality ingredients.
NO food colouring.
We don’t need all these extras that make the product look good, taste good, feel good in terms of texture, and have a long shelf life, in exchange for quality. Additives are frequently questionable, and serve no health purpose.
Eczema warriors have sensitive bodies that already cannot cope with whatever burden they have to deal with, so in working on their health, we should really avoid loading them further with chemical additives and such.
So from the onset, we already knew we were looking for a product that is just pure vitamin C, nothing else.
So if there are a few products that meet the first criteria for quality ingredients, we then go for the one with the most value for money, of course also taking into account the company’s reliability, its philosophy, certifications, testing, etc.
Our recommendation – Nutribiotic Ascorbic Acid Powder
Like always, I sieve out the best, and recommend only a few selected brands – in this case only one. It is not easy to find a pure ascorbic acid from a reliable company, free of all other additives. For a few months, I simmered my bone broth for more than 24 hours simply because I still hadn’t found the product that meets my stringent criteria.
With this Nutribiotic Ascorbic Acid Powder, it has cut the cooking time of my bone broth to 12 hours, as the minerals can be leached out of the bones more effectively with this addition in the recipe.
Its ingredient: only pure ascorbic acid, nothing else. No fillers, no additives to make the product appear smooth in texture, look nicer in colour, prevent clumping up, etc.
Moreover, it is pharmaceutical grade, that is how pure it is. Highly soluble, it contains no corn residue, plant antigens, or protein impurities. It is also gluten free, and non-GMO (genetically modified organism).
Nutribiotic has been a reliable brand since its beginnings in 1980. For more than 35 years, it has offered high quality nutritional supplements and personal care products. It is compliant with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and stringent quality assurance controls.
As a dietary supplement, add half a teaspoon or slightly less into water or any other liquids like juice, or warm soup. The half a teaspoon dosage stated on the container actually amounts to 2500 mg, so for a start, I would say try out one quarter teaspoon, and slowly work your way up to half a teaspoon maximum, if it works well for you.
For bone broth, we use half a teaspoon too, but that’s in 3.5 litres of water, and the bone broth lasts one person for a week. So actually what we use is much less than the RDA, but then the purpose is simply to help extract the minerals from the bones.
Pill form and Multivitamins
Many people, including myself, if I were to take vitamin C as a daily supplement, would prefer a pill or capsule form. In fact, vitamin C as part of a multivitamin would be even more convenient and hassle-free. I would have to spend some time to research on these, specifically for people with eczema, and come up with some recommendations in one of my future posts.
Meanwhile, I hope this review of the best vitamin C powder supplement serves you well, in sieving out the top product for your daily vitamin C needs, as well as for adding into your nutritious bone broth.