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Vitamin C has been one of the most popular vitamins, ever since naval physician James Lind prescribed citrus fruits and fresh vegetables to prevent and cure scurvy in the 18th century.

Nowadays we take it for a whole host of reasons, but mainly to play a part in the body’s defence system during the winter months. I remember taking tiny orange flavoured vitamin C tablets when I was at primary school.

As well as a defence against colds and flu, vitamin C also has a mid histamine effect and increases absorption of iron. So if you’re taking iron tablets for anaemia, are you also taking enough vitamin C?

Healthy connective tissue also needs a strong supply of vitamin C plus it increases the formation of intercellular collagen so very beneficial for the skin.

Unlike most other mammals, humans cannot make their own vitamin C, hence why need to ensure a plentiful supply in our diet. The Recommended Daily Allowance is 60mg but pregnant women, heavy drinkers and smokers need more. In fact, just one cigarette destroys 25mg of vitamin C. Stress, medication and environmental factors also deplete the body’s levels.

My favourite is Forever Living’s Absorbent-C which is a unique combination of vitamin C bound in an oat bran matix. Oat bran is a soluable fibre found in unrefined oats and absorbs water in the stomach and small intestine and slows down digestion. Many vitamins that are labelled ‘timed-release’ are generally mixed with (harmless) chemicals called polymers that slow down the stomach’s ability to dissolve the pill. However, Forever’s vitamin C uses the oat bran matrix to create the ‘timed-release’ effect.

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Forever Living's Absorbent-C

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