Info: 100 Chewable Lozenges per Bottle; Natural Orange Flavour
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient which works both inside and outside of our cells. It's a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes the damaging natural substances called free radicals which are believed to play a central role in many illnesses due to their highly reactive nature, and also assists in the absorption of zinc (another antioxidant), and iron.
In addition to helping us develop and maintain teeth, gums, cartilage, and bone, Vitamin C can also help fortify the immune system and heal wounds. It can reduce the tendency of soft skin to bruise,* and research has indicated it can reduce the symptoms and length of the common cold when taken as a daily supplement.**
Vitamin C also helps us make collagen, a key protein in connective tissues, cartilage, and tendons.
Per chewable tablet:
500 mg Vitamin C (as Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid)
5 mg Citrus Bioflavonoids (Citrus spp.) (Fruit)
5 mg Acerola Extract (4:1) (Malpighia punicifolia)
Non-medicinal ingredients: Organic Turbinado Sugar, Sorbitol, Natural Flavours, Xylitol, Hyprolose, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), BetterStevia™ (Organic Stevia Leaf Extract), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Silica.
Suggested Usage:Take 1 chewable tablet 1 to 3 times daily. Store in a cool, dry place.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80027642.
Product Notes and References:
While most animals can manufacture their own vitamin C, somewhere along our evolutionary past, we humans lost this ability, so we need to obtain the amounts we need through diet and supplementation. The sodium ascorbate found in C-500 by Protocol for Life Balance is easily absorbable to contribute to a wide variety of effects, and the combined extracts of citrus fruits and acerola give these chewable tablets a delightful orange flavour.
* See Schorah CJ, Tormey WP, Brooks GH, et al. "The effect of vitamin C supplements on body weight, serum proteins, and general health of an elderly population." Am J Clin Nutr. 1981;34:871-76.
** See Hemila H. "Does vitamin C alleviate symptoms of the common cold? A review of current evidence." Scand J Infect Dis. 1994;26:1-6; and,
Hemila H. "Vitamin C intake and susceptibility to the common cold." Br J Nutr. 1997;77:59-72.