It is widely known the leading role of vitamin C in maintaining human health. But which kind of it should be preferred in order to get the maximum benefit?

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant and participates in many significant biochemical reactions as a cofactor. In particular, it is involved in the synthesis of collagen and a whole range of hormones, neurotransmitters, and proteins that perform immune functions. Even the digestive system needs sufficient amounts of this important vitamin, as it is necessary for the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids. It is also serves in detoxification processes.

Most plants and many animals can synthesize vitamin C on their own, but unfortunately humans do not have this ability and are forced to obtain ascorbic acid from food. Fresh vegetables and fruits are the richest in it. With a long-term deficiency of vitamin C in the ration, dangerous symptoms of avitaminosis occur: weakened immunity, slow wound healing, hair loss, muscle and joint pain, gum inflammation.

For medicine the chemical synthesis of vitamin C in 1933 became a global milestone, as this made it possible to quickly replenish of its massive deficiencies and take preventive measures to maintain health on the scale of humanity. However, during further study of the properties of ascorbic acid, it was discovered that a natural substance should not be equated with its synthetic analogue. There are several reasons for this.

Only one of the four forms of ascorbic acid has biological activity – L-ascorbic acid. Unlike other isomers of vitamin C, the molecule of L-ascorbic acid is oriented in space in the right way. And yet, for many difficult biochemical reactions, the spatial characteristics of molecules are crucial: only a specific configuration of it “works”, just as a lock is opened only with a suitable key. The synthetic vitamin C, as a rule, is a mixture of various forms, and the natural bioactive L-ascorbic acid prevails in natural sources. Therefore, vitamin C from natural sources is at least twice as effective as its synthetic analogues.

In addition, in vegetables and fruits ascorbic acid harmoniously combines with many other compounds, some of which synergistically enhance its effects. For example, one of the natural record holders in vitamin C content – acerola, or Barbados cherry – contains not only an extremely high concentration of vitamin C (1300 mg/100 g), but also a complex of anthocyanins and flavonoids that help to absorb vitamin C and enhance its positive properties (in particular, antioxidant once). In a study conducted in 2011 in Japan on a group of young men, the bioavailability of vitamin C and the dynamics of saturation of the body with it were compared when taking synthetic ascorbic acid and when drinking acerola juice. As it found out, vitamin C from acerola juice is absorbed much more completely and subsequently excreted from the body more slowly than when consuming synthetic analogue.

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