http:www.garden of life usa.com/detail_living_vitaminC.shtml
A good example is vitamin C.
If you take a look at a variety of vitamin C supplements, you will find that the majority of them contain only ascorbic acid or a compound called ascorbate, which is a less acidic form of acorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is NOT vitamin C. It represents the outer ring that serves as a protective shell for the entire vitamin C complex, much like an orange peel that serves as a protective shell for an orange.
Real vitamin C found in whole foods like fruits and vegetables contain the following components:
Bioflavonoids (vitamin P)
When you take only ascorbic acid found in your synthetic vitamin C tablet or powder, your body must gather all of the other components of the full vitamin C complex from your body’s tissues in order to make use of it. In the event that your body does not have adequate reserves of the other components, ascorbic acid itself does not provide any of the health benefits that the full vitamin C complex does. After circulating through your system, the unused ascorbic acid is eliminated through your urine.
Just like vitamin C, almost all other vitamins that we know of offer their full health benefits when they are in the presence of a number of enzymes, co-enzymes, co-factors, and even minerals. For example, Vitamin D may have as many as twelve different active components, while vitamin P has at least five different components. The mineral copper is needed for full vitamin C activity, while vitamin E works closely with the mineral selenium to provide its health promoting, anti-oxidative effect.
Clearly, it is best to get your vitamins from whole foods because whole foods provide complete vitamins rather than fractions of them. In many cases, whole foods also provide the minerals that are necessary for optimal vitamin activity. For example, sunflower seeds are an excellent whole food source of vitamin E and the mineral selenium, both of which need each other to offer their full health benefits.
ofonorow wrote:I was thinking I might purchase a bottle of Ben Kim's Natural C - and have it analyzed to find out how much vitamin C it really contained, but found this
I'm not certain of my math (I'm sure others will correct the errors) but it looks like we could provide the same amount of vitamin C as Ben Kim - and charge $378+ DOLLARS per jar! (So I may have to rethink my objection to your idea Catherine)
Apparently, the Jar comes with 500 g (500,000 mg) with 87 (or so?) servings of 5700 mg. The bad news is that each serving provides 270 mg of vitamin C.
I tried various ways to calculate the amount of vitamin C per bottle and computed 18 to 23 g (18000 to 23,000 mg)
So 87 servings * 270 mg per serving = 23,490 mg or 23.5 g
The cost per jar of Ben Kim's C is $28.97
Note: roughly $1 per 1 g of vitamin C.
So if we priced like this by adding some "cherry filler" we might get away with charging $300 (for our 300 g Non-GMO, hypoallerginic Ascorbic Acid )
p.s. No wonder he (and other D.C.s like him) need a good story!!
ofonorow wrote:If this blood condition had anything to do with too much vitamin C, why isn't it common among all animals?
But I don't see how it is relevant to the topic, that "Doctor" Ben Kim is charging $1 per gram of vitamin C.
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