Essential C-curity - Research Brief
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Indication: overall health and immune response improvement; antioxidant defense; flu prophylaxis; gingival hemorrhage; decreased blood vessel’s elasticity; nose bleeding; collagen recovery in skin and joints.
Actions: strengthens the immune system due to the combination of the most bioavailable forms of vitamin C and zinc, promotes healthy cardiovascular function, strengthens blood vessel walls, effective prevention of colds, enhances growth and regeneration of the body’s cells, lowers the risk of developing some cancers, potent antioxidant, prevents free radical damage, slows down the aging process.
Ingredients (per 1 tablet):
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, calcium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, acerola (Malpighia glabra L) 4:1 fruit extract, rose hips (Rosa rugosa) powder) - 300 mg, zinc (as zinc citrate) - 2.7 mg, Hesperidin complex – 25 mg, Citrus bioflavonoid complex – 25 mg, Juniper berry (Juniperus communis) 2:1 extract (equivalent to 50 mg of crude herb) – 25 mg, rutin – 25 mg, Indole-3-carbinol – 1 mg.
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Essential C-curity - Research Brief:
It has been estimated that between 1500 and 1700 some two million sailors died of scurvy. In the seventeenth century a ships surgeon Richard Woodall recommended the use of lemon juice as a preventive and cure in his book ‘Surgeon’s Mate’.
The first attempt to give scientific basis for the cause of scurvy was by a ships surgeon in the British Royal Navy, James Lind. His test was conducted at sea in May 1747 and consisted of two groups of men. One group was provided with lemon juice in addition to their normal rations, the other was not. This test was considered to be the first example of a controlled experiment comparing results on two populations of a factor applied to one group only with all other factors the same. The results of the tests conclusively showed that lemons prevented the disease. Lind published it in 1753.
Forty seven years later, in 1800, the British Royal Navy finally took his advice seriously and introduced lemon juice into the diet of shipboard seamen. The incidence of scurvy dropped from 1,457 cases in 1780 to only two cases in 1806.
But it was not until 1928 that Noble laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgi isolated the chemical responsible for these dramatic results, and it became known as vitamin C, ascorbic acid.
Essential C-Curity™ contains 5 different forms of vitamin C: ascorbic acid, calcium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, acerola fruit extract, and rose hips powder to enhance bioavailability.
A composition of different forms of vitamin C helps optimize the body’s usage of this nutrient.
Vitamin C is known as ascorbic acid which means “without scurvy” (“A” means not or without, and "scorbutus" means scurvy).
Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble colorless crystalline substance. Most mammals synthesize ascorbic acid from glucose and plants synthesize it from galactose.
Human body is not able to synthesize ascorbic acid and have to obtain it regularly through diet.
Pure vitamin C was isolated for the first time in 1928 and in 1932 it was proved that lack of vitamin C in the diet causes scurvy.
Synthetic form of vitamin C is obtained from glucose. Standard synthetic forms of ascorbic acid are used since 1934. Nowadays most of the vitamin C on the market is synthetic.
There is no clinically significant difference in the bioavailability and bioactivity of natural ascorbic acid and synthetic ascorbic acid.
Calcium ascorbate is the source of both ascorbic acid and calcium. Biochemical action of calcium ascorbate is similar to ascorbic acid. Calcium ascorbate does not cause the irritation of the mucous lining of the stomach and circulates in the blood stream for 8–12 hours.
Ascorbyl palmitate is a fat-soluble form of vitamin C that remains active in the body for about 24 hours and is very well absorbed.
Acerola fruit is a rich natural source of vitamin C. 100 g acerola fruit contains 1700 mg of vitamin C (in comparison with 50 mg in the same quantity of orange fruit).
Rose hips contain ascorbic acid, carotinoids, lycopene, vitamins B, E, K, P, flavonoids, organic acids.
Rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C, with about 1700–2000 mg per 100 g in the dried product, one of the richest plant sources. Rose hips contain also vitamins A, B, and E, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids.
Different forms of vitamin C in Essential C-curity™ work synergistically to produce performance greater than either one can alone.
Zinc (zinc citrate) in Essential C-Curity™ is derived from zinc and organic citric acid. Citrates are among the most highly bioavailable minerals.
Indole-3-carbinol is one of the major anticancer substances found in cruciferous vegetables. It is a member of the class of sulfur-containing chemicals called glucosinolates. Indole-3-carbinol strengthens the immune system of the body. Indole-3-carbinol and other glucosinolates are potent antioxidants and stimulators of natural detoxifying enzymes in the body. (1, 2)
Indoles prevent the formation of dangerous metabolites in the intestines.