|The human body does not produce
vitamin C, so all of this important nutrient's requirements must be
obtained through our diets, which are frequently deficient in vitamins.
Lifestyle factors such as smoking, environmental pollutants and
food-processing techniques can impact the level of vitamin C in your
body. In addition, vitamin C is not stored in the body, so it must be
Vitamin C benefits many systems in our bodies, particularly the
cardiovascular system. It is integral to the production of collagen
molecules that provide the stability necessary for proper cardiovascular
function. Bio-C provides a balance of high-potency vitamin C formulated
with four select forms of this important antioxidant nutrient plus
bioflavonoids to promote absorption.*
Formulated to assure disintegration and dissolution to meet and exceed
all standards, Bio-C does not contain sugar, starch, salt or
Vitamin C is widely touted for benefiting the immune system, but it
also offers significant benefits for cardiovascular function.
First, it aids in the production of collagen and elastin, which are the
reinforcement rods of the body. Current clinical evidence suggests that
the lack of adequate amounts of vitamin C over a period of years results
in a breakdown of the collagen and elastin structure of the blood vessel
walls. This breakdown leads to tiny, microscopic cracks or fissures in
the walls. Cholesterol globules, surrounded by sticky lipoprotein (a)
molecules, lodge in these cracks forming a sort of natural "plaster
cast" to prevent blood leakage. This natural repair system eventually
overshoots and the buildup of atherosclerotic deposits results. These
fat deposits in the arteries of the heart can cause heart attacks and
Q. There are so many different types of vitamin C. Which one
is the most easily assimilated and absorbed by the body?
A. A composition of different forms of vitamin C helps optimize
your body's usage of this nutrient. Ascorbic acid and ascorbic salts are
very important along with ascorbyl palmitate, a fat-soluble form of
vitamin C that remains active in the body for about 24 hours and is very
well absorbed. Bio-C contains all of these, along with citrus
bioflavonoids, which work with vitamin C to increase its biological
efficacy in your body.
Q. My multivitamin contains vitamin C. Why do I need to take
Bio-C in addition to a multivitamin?
A. Most multivitamins offer a number of beneficial nutrients. To
provide the variety and quantity of vitamin C offered in Bio-C, a
multivitamin would be too large to swallow easily. Multivitamins are
beneficial, but you can enhance your nutritional program by also
Q. If I take Bio-C and a multivitamin, will I be consuming too
much vitamin C?
A. No. This important nutrient is water-soluble, so your body can
naturally eliminate excess supplies. Because of its water-soluble
nature, vitamin C must be replaced in your body daily.
Q. In addition to increasing my vitamin C intake through
supplements, what are some food sources from which I can obtain
beneficial amounts of this nutrient?
A. Many fruits - including oranges, cantaloupe, kiwi,
blueberries, strawberries and honeydew melon - are good sources of
vitamin C. Red and green bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and
tomatoes also contain vitamin C.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the
Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose,
treat, cure or prevent any disease.