Did you know that vitamin C isn’t essential to all animals, however, it is for us humans! It isn’t a necessary component of diet, at least for all mammals with the exception of guinea pigs, fruit eating bats, the red vented bulbul bird and primates – which includes us. All other species make their own. This they do by converting glucuronic acid derived from glucose into ascorbic acid (C6H8O6). Three enzymes are required to make this conversion. One of these enzymes, or part of the enzyme system, is missing in primates. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin C is required in large amounts, which could only be supplied by a tropical diet high in fruit and other vegetation. If sufficient vitamin C could be obtained from such a diet the quantity of glucose normally used to synthesize vitamin C could be channeled towards energy production. This could conceivably have been an advantage for primates or other species. Dr. Jungblut, an early pioneer of vitamin C therapy in the 1930’s, discovered that only we primates and guinea pigs were susceptible to scurvy as well as anaphylactic shock, pulmonary tuberculosis, diptheritic intoxication, a poliomyelitis-like viral infection and a viral form of leukemia. None of the vitamin C synthesizing laboratory animals had susceptibility to these diseases. This is perhaps one of the first observations that led to the idea that susceptibility to viral infections could be a consequence of vitamin C deficiency. The fact that almost all species continue to make vitamin C suggests that the amount of vitamin C generally available from diet is not enough for optimum nutrition except in exceptional circumstances such as a tropical environment. Under normal circumstances the daily amount produced, adjusted for comparison to a 70 kg man, is somewhere between 3,000 mg and 15,000 mg, with an average of 5,400 mg.
Take 1 tablet daily, or as directed by your health care practitioner.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Known allergy/hypersensitivity to Rosa Canina, rose hip dust, its constituents, or members of the Rosacea family has been known to occur, in which case, discontinue use.
|Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)||1000 mg|
|Rosa canina (fruit of Rose Hops) (2% Vitamin C)||50 mg|
|Bioflavonoids (Citrus Aurantium) (50% Hesperidin)||150 mg|