Vitamin C (a.k.a. ascorbic acid) is one of the worse supplements you can buy over – the – counter (OTC). Like other OTC supplements, you never know what you’re truly getting in the ingredients, because most all OTC brands use low-quality ascorbic acid that has been sourced from China, the world’s largest producer of ascorbic acid. Between the years 2013 and 2015 China contributed 80 – 90% of the world’s vitamin C supply.
If you remember, China does not have a very solid reputation when it comes to quality, especially as it pertains to keeping chemicals and unknown substances out of their products; i.e. recent examples include lead in toys, contaminated infant formula and powdered milk.
To make this problem worse, the U.S. government does not test imported vitamins and supplements or their ingredients. For cheap OTC supplement brands this is a plus, because they can adulterate the products with unknown substances.
This is just one of many reasons I strongly recommend patients and consumers alike to purchase physician grade supplements, which are held to a much higher standard of scrutiny.
Thorne Research is recommended for 3 main reasons:
Vitamin C with Flavonoids
Buffered C Powder
with calcium, magnesium, and potassium
Beets are one of the most nutritious foods you can add to your diet, they're super easy to grow in your back yard, and even simpler to prepare.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) beets are sweet & cold in nature; they nourish blood, tonify the heart, calm the spirit (i.e. the nervous system), and lubricate the intestines.
Indications: Anemia, constipation, Liver purification, heart weakness, restlessness, and irritability.
Beets have been shown to: Protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, cardio-protective, help prevent colon cancer and birth defects, and enhance performance.
Nutritional Value: High in folate, manganese, potassium; also contains copper, fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin C (especially the beet greens); small amounts of iron and vitamin B6. (1)
Beet greens – Are an excellent source of calcium & magnesium, and; very good source of iron; rich in carotenoids (beta carotene and lutein / zeaxanthin), which are especially good for retinal health. Also an excellent source of vitamins E, K and C, B2 and a great source of fiber and protein. (1)
The main chemical constituent of beets is betaine. The physiological role of betaine is to protect cells (2), proteins, (3) and enzymes from environmental stress. (4) It also participates in fat & protein metabolism, and phase II detox support in the liver.
Betaine has many benefits including: antioxidant activity (5), anti-inflammatory action (6) ; lowers blood levels of homocysteine (7), and some research suggests that betaine has an anti-tumor effect on human cancer cells.
How to cook:
Warning: Beets may interact with some medications, so be sure to consult with your Eastern physician or doctor. If you have certain kidney or gallbladder conditions you may want to avoid eating the beet greens due to their high oxalate content which can cause crystals to form in the blood. High oxalate levels may also inhibit calcium absorption.
Also, beets can cause urine and bowel movements to turn a reddish – pinkish hue; this is called betanuria and is not harmful.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin (FSV), and should be taken with a meal that contains a small amount of dietary fat, because it attaches to the fat molecules, which transport it through the body.
Research shows that vitamin D is better absorbed when taken with the evening meal, which tends to be the largest and fattiest meal of the day. This same study also concluded that serum levels of vitamin D (25(OH)D) were increased by as much as 50% when supplemented in this fashion.[i]
The absorption of vitamin D can be inhibited by other FSV, because they use the same metabolic pathways and compete for the same fat molecules[ii]; so it is best to separate dosages by several hours.
When people go shopping for groceries they make a lot of bad decisions that lead to unhealthy purchases.
The 3 main contributing factors to these regretful choices are:
This may help!
I just learned about a great app that people can use when they go shopping. What it does, is scan your food choice and gives you detailed information about the ingredients and nutritional value. It gives each product a health grade and also recommends healthier choices if relevant. To learn more about this free app and to download it, go to:
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