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What is Ester-C® and why is it important?

What is Ester-C® and why is it important?


What makes Ester-C® different to ordinary Vitamin C?

If you’ve been reading health magazines, or scanning the shelves at your pharmacy or health food store, you’ll have no doubt heard of Ester-C®.   Ester-C® is a special form of Vitamin C, produced using a water-based process that renders it non-acidic.  It’s also easier to absorb and longer lasting than ordinary Vitamin C.

That’s important because most people don’t realise how quickly ordinary Vitamin C molecules break down – often within a couple of hours. This means that if you take a Vitamin C tablet with your breakfast, by the time you get to morning tea, it’s often gone from your body. And since your body can’t synthesise Vitamin C, you need to take in more through your diet, or risk your reserves running low.

Taking Ester-C® means your body is protected sooner and for longer.

Why Vitamin C is so important in the first place

Vitamin C has developed a reputation as the ‘Immunity Vitamin’ – an appropriate name given its effectiveness in strengthening your resistance against the common cold1,2.  It does this by helping to regulate your immune cells: especially white blood cells and natural killer (NK) cells.  

However, Vitamin C plays a multitude of other vital roles in your body, including:

  • Antioxidant support: Vitamin C helps to protect your cells against free radical damage.
  • Iron absorption:  Vitamin C supports your body in absorbing the Iron from your food.
  • Stress response: every time something registers as a stressor, your adrenal glands draw on your Vitamin C reserves to respond to it.  
  • Renewing and repairing connective tissue (e.g. skin, tendons, ligaments): Vitamin C helps your body to synthesise collagen and elastin - proteins that provide structure, support and flexibility to connective tissue.  
    Maintaining healthy blood vessels, teeth and bones:  collagen is also a key component in of all of these structures in your body.
  • Gum health: swollen, bleeding gums are one of the classic Vitamin C deficiency symptoms.  
  • Fertility:  high Vitamin C levels in seminal fluid provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage to sperm cells.

How can you increase your Vitamin C intake?

Most fresh fruits and vegetables contain at least some Vitamin C, although the richest sources tend to be orange- and red-coloured foods.  However, it’s important to realise that many cooking and processing methods will cause Vitamin C to break down. This means that eating them raw or lightly cooked will maximise their nutritional content.

Foods with particularly high Vitamin C levels include:

  • Blackcurrants
  • Kiwifruit
  • Capsicum
  • Citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower

Eating these foods regularly will help you to get the Vitamin C your body requires.  However, if you’re under stress, or you feel as though a cold is imminent, your body might need extra – which is where Ester-C® may help.  In such cases, ask your local pharmacist or health food store expert about which Ester-C® would be best for you.

1Sasazuki S, Sasaki S, Tsubono Y, Okubo S, Hayashi M, Tsugane S. Effect of vitamin C on common cold: randomized controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jan;60(1):9-17.
2Douglas RM, Hemila H, D'Souza R, Chalker EB, Treacy B. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004 Oct 18;(4):CD000980.

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What is Ester-C® and why is it important?

Vitamin C is considered the ‘Immunity Vitamin’. Ester-C is non-acidic, easier to absorb & longer lasting than ordinary Vitamin C. Here's how it can help you.

What makes Ester-C® different to ordinary Vitamin C?

If you’ve been reading health magazines, or scanning the shelves at your pharmacy or health food store, you’ll have no doubt heard of Ester-C®.   Ester-C® is a special form of Vitamin C, produced using a water-based process that renders it non-acidic.  It’s also easier to absorb and longer lasting than ordinary Vitamin C.

That’s important because most people don’t realise how quickly ordinary Vitamin C molecules break down – often within a couple of hours. This means that if you take a Vitamin C tablet with your breakfast, by the time you get to morning tea, it’s often gone from your body. And since your body can’t synthesise Vitamin C, you need to take in more through your diet, or risk your reserves running low.

Taking Ester-C® means your body is protected sooner and for longer.

Why Vitamin C is so important in the first place

Vitamin C has developed a reputation as the ‘Immunity Vitamin’ – an appropriate name given its effectiveness in strengthening your resistance against the common cold1,2.  It does this by helping to regulate your immune cells: especially white blood cells and natural killer (NK) cells.  

However, Vitamin C plays a multitude of other vital roles in your body, including:

  • Antioxidant support: Vitamin C helps to protect your cells against free radical damage.
  • Iron absorption:  Vitamin C supports your body in absorbing the Iron from your food.
  • Stress response: every time something registers as a stressor, your adrenal glands draw on your Vitamin C reserves to respond to it.  
  • Renewing and repairing connective tissue (e.g. skin, tendons, ligaments): Vitamin C helps your body to synthesise collagen and elastin - proteins that provide structure, support and flexibility to connective tissue.  
    Maintaining healthy blood vessels, teeth and bones:  collagen is also a key component in of all of these structures in your body.
  • Gum health: swollen, bleeding gums are one of the classic Vitamin C deficiency symptoms.  
  • Fertility:  high Vitamin C levels in seminal fluid provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage to sperm cells.

How can you increase your Vitamin C intake?

Most fresh fruits and vegetables contain at least some Vitamin C, although the richest sources tend to be orange- and red-coloured foods.  However, it’s important to realise that many cooking and processing methods will cause Vitamin C to break down. This means that eating them raw or lightly cooked will maximise their nutritional content.

Foods with particularly high Vitamin C levels include:

  • Blackcurrants
  • Kiwifruit
  • Capsicum
  • Citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower

Eating these foods regularly will help you to get the Vitamin C your body requires.  However, if you’re under stress, or you feel as though a cold is imminent, your body might need extra – which is where Ester-C® may help.  In such cases, ask your local pharmacist or health food store expert about which Ester-C® would be best for you.

1Sasazuki S, Sasaki S, Tsubono Y, Okubo S, Hayashi M, Tsugane S. Effect of vitamin C on common cold: randomized controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jan;60(1):9-17.
2Douglas RM, Hemila H, D'Souza R, Chalker EB, Treacy B. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004 Oct 18;(4):CD000980.
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