Why the Type of Vitamin C You Take Matters Most – Advice from Dr. Robert Marshall, Ph.D.

Are you seriously interested in preserving the health of your immune system? Then you’ve probably heard of the important role vitamin C plays in elegantly supporting your immunity. Dr. Robert Marshall, Ph.D. and co-founder of Quantum Nutrition Labs, reveals new insights vitamin C in this episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show, including which type of vitamin C you should select to add to your routine.  

“Vitamin C is kind of a funky thing. It was discovered close to 100 years ago and was originally derived from foods. Researchers were able to determine that our bodies cannot make vitamin C, even though we desperately need it,” Dr. Marshall outlines the history of vitamin C research. “Around 1940 or 1950, somebody waved their hands and proclaimed that ascorbic acid, a synthetic compound, was the same as vitamin C. The problem with that is that if you buy ascorbic acid powder, thinking that it is real vitamin C and consume it, within minutes it is converted to dehydroascorbate, a free radical.” 

Free radicals are atoms or molecules which are highly reactive with cellular structures because they contain unpaired electrons. They are natural by-products of biochemical reactions in the body, but when they are over-reactive, they can cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA.  

“Normally, when you consume vitamin C from food, you would find that it is naturally accompanied with hundreds of milligrams of bioflavonoids. Because of these bioflavonoids, the oxidized dihydroascorbate can immediately be reduced to an active form of vitamin C,” Dr. Marshall explains. “That’s why a natural, plant-source vitamin C is a superior antioxidant that provides immune and optimal health support with minimal free radical stress. It also contains the key bioflavonoids that are found only in naturally sourced vitamin C.” 

“Since you don’t have the bioflavonoids from natural vitamin C, synthetic ascorbic acid can be really just a one hit wonder: it may help a bit, but then the acidic metabolites can travel around your body as free radicals, damaging cells. You really don’t want to take ascorbic acid by itself.”  

Dr. Marshall explains further: “You really need a wonderful, plant-source concentrate of natural vitamin C that can deliver really beneficial antioxidant, immune, and health support. When you take a high-quality vitamin C from a natural source, only very small amounts are needed to kick invaders out of your body.”  

Listen to the full episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show below to hear Dr. Marshall’s full explanation of the benefits of natural vitamin C.