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Many Vitamin C Supplements High Quality But Wide Price Differences

Plus, Pharmaceutical Company Acquires Vitamin Supplements Company

Vitamin C supplementsIt is one of the most popular supplements. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water soluble vitamin. Consumer Lab recently tested a number of vitamin C supplement brands and (surprise, surprise) many were found to meet label claims. In an industry where “label fixing” is not that uncommon, this is welcome news. However, there are huge difference is in pricing of the supplement.

The popularity of vitamin C supplements is attributed to Nobel Prize scientist Linus Pauling, who was a faithful user. He lived to 96 years of age, with an active, healthy body and a sharp brain to go with it all the way. Okay, we can’t say for sure it was because of the vitamin C but it can’t hurt to a chance on this one.

Humans cannot make vitamin C in their bodies. We have to get it from the diet. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, green vegetables and bell peppers. A good multivitamin supplement will typically contain optimal amounts for most healthy individuals.

Here’s the story on vitamin C supplements test:

Vitamin C may boost the immune system and is critical for maintaining healthy connective tissue, but do you need to take a supplement and, if so, how do you find one that is right for you and at the best price? ConsumerLab.com recently tested dozens of vitamin C supplements for both adults and children. Products were tested to determine if the amount of vitamin C was correct as labeled and if tablets properly disintegrated to release their ingredients. Many high quality products were identified, although the cost of obtaining an equivalent amount (500 mg) of vitamin C was found to range from as little as 1 cent to over 2 dollars.

ConsumerLab.com’s Vitamin C Supplements Review is available online. It includes quality ratings and comparisons of 27 vitamin supplements and explains:

· Which vitamin C supplements passed testing, and which offer the lowest cost

· What vitamin C can and cannot do for your health

· The potential advantages of different forms of vitamins, such as Ester-C, sodium ascorbate, and slow-release vitamin C

· The value of additional ingredients, such as bioflavonoids (e.g., quercetin, dihydroquercetin, rutin, and hesperidin)

· The amount of vitamin C to help prevent or treat conditions such as colds, gout, and vitamin C deficiency

· The potential side effects of vitamin C and other concerns with vitamin C, including drug interactions

Products in the report include 12 selected by ConsumerLab.com and 15 others that passed ConsumerLab.com’s Voluntary Certification Program, as well as one other vitamin C supplement similar to one that passed testing. See original story plus list of supplements tested

Pfizer Acquires A Leading Vitamin Supplements Company

In a separate development, giant pharmaceutical industry Pfizer, makers of the ultra-successful cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor, has recently acquired vitamin C supplements company Alacer Corp. The supplements company makes Emergen-C products, said the largest selling Vitamin C line in the United States.

Based in Foothill Ranch, California, Alacer is well-known among health-conscious consumers as a provider of Vitamin C supplement products. It produces almost 500 million packets of Emergen-C annually, and its products are sold in health food stores, supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchandisers and club stores nationwide.

“We are very pleased that the Emergen-C family of products will become part of Pfizer’s portfolio. We expect that our global network and deep expertise in dietary supplements combined with our desire to provide consumers with high-quality products will make Emergen-C more accessible than it has ever been before,” said Paul Sturman, President of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “Emergen-C products add to and greatly complement our market-leading dietary supplement portfolio.” See full story

With vitamin C being one of the most prescribed, recommended and used supplement, and a company like Pfizer acquiring a maker of this, this vitamin scores much better than a C. But as stated above, unless under direction of a healthcare professional, buying it separately is not really necessary. A good multivitamin may be all you need to get your daily need of the good C.

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