Not all Vitamin Cs are created equal – The Standard

With a fickle weather such as what is currently being experienced in the metro –sunny in the morning and drizzling at night – many individuals become more at risk of catching diseases such as common colds, which in turn may result in much more serious ailments. 


When the onset of colder weather doesn’t mean we can take a break from our daily demands, it becomes more important to stay protected. Experts suggest getting enough sleep, eating complete meals, staying active and supplementing the aforementioned with vitamin C. 


Citrus fruits are a great source of Vitamin C, a vital nutrient in keeping the body healthy


Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin responsible for strengthening the immune system, healing wounds and maintaining the health of bones and teeth. According to the US National Library of Medicine, “all fruits and vegetable contain some amount of vitamin C,” and some of the highest sources of it are citrus fruits, berries and broccoli, among others. 


However, some may need to supplement the naturally-sourced vitamin C they get from food with over-the-counter vitamin C available in the market. 


The two faces of Vitamin C


Most adults believe that vitamin C comes only in one form – ascorbic acid. But the said vitamin actually comes in two different forms, namely ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate.


Fern-C is a vitamin C supplement that comes in the form of sodium ascorbate


Although both forms reap similar effects, sodium ascorbate has benefits one cannot get from ascorbic acid. 


For one, most ascorbic acid supplements have pH levels of 2.5 to 3, which make it acidic when ingested. As a result, this can cause stomach pain and discomfort when taken before meals. On the other hand, sodium ascorbate has the basic pH level of 7.5 to 7.8 – a safe level that neutralizes acidity and makes it non-irritant to the stomach. 


In addition, sodium ascorbate dissolves faster than its more popular counterpart, thereby allowing the body to receive and absorb the benefits of vitamin C quicker. sodium ascorbate also stays in the body much longer than ascorbic acid before the system flushes out the leftover amounts. 


Individuals become more at risk of contracting diseases during rainy season


The leading brand of sodium ascorbate


Many vitamin C supplement brands recognize the benefits of sodium ascorbate and are using it in their products – and one of them is Fern-C. 


Considered the number one sodium ascorbate vitamin C supplement brand in the country, Fern-C claims to be a potent antioxidant, as it gives users more protection against flu, cough, bronchitis, viral and bacterial infections. 


Aside from strengthening the body’s defense, it also promotes holistic healthcare by improving the condition of gums, teeth, bones and skin. 


But the benefits don’t just stop there, since Fern-C also offers protection for the whole family with Fern-C kidz, the sodium ascorbate vitamin C for children. 


The newly-launched vitamin C for kids comes in a delicious orange flavor, and is formulated with zinc for added immunity.


FERN-C kidz is now available in leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide at P62 per 60 mL bottle and P119 per 120 mL bottle. 

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