Are you taking the RIGHT Vitamin C for your type?
Everybody knows how great Vitamin C is. But did you know that there are different “types” of Vitamin C? And that different Metabolic Types require different types of Vitamin C?
Make sure you aren’t making a “vitamin mistake” by thinking you can take any old Vitamin C and it will work for you. It won’t!
Why Vitamin C is Important
As you may know, Vitamin C is one of the vitamins our body can’t make. So we need to take it daily through food or through supplementation.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps with the immune system and other metabolic processes. It has been shown that vitamin C is an essential building block of collagen, which builds bone, skin, blood vessels and other tissues. It helps to reduce the risk of developing cancer, particularly cancer of the mouth and digestive tract according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
Vitamin C is a antioxidant which helps in neutralizing unstable oxygen molecules that might otherwise damage DNA. The antioxidant effect can help with preventing damage to artery walls that can promote cholesterol buildup. A 2003 study at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center reported that people with high blood levels of vitamin C are less likely to test positive for infection from the H. pylori bacteria.
These are just a few of the positive effects you can get by taking enough of this vitamin daily.
Different Forms of Vitamin C
When it comes to Vitamin C, there are two basic forms. One is called “ascorbic acid” and the other is called “calcium ascorbate”. But you may be thinking, “Vitamin C is Vitamin C – what does it matter?”
Well, from a metabolic standpoint, it matters a lot!
To properly metabolize this nutrient, you need to know which form is right for your individual metabolism. And that’s because these two different forms of vitamin C have a big effect on your blood pH level.
pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity of a solution. And to be your healthiest, your blood pH should be maintained as closely as possible to the ideal 7.46. (Note that this is blood pH we are talking about. Don’t confuse this with saliva or urine pH that many people focus on.) At this 7.46 level, you will achieve optimal absorption and use of nutrients into the blood stream .
Vitamin C and Your Metabolic Type
According to your Metabolic Type, you may either lean more towards the acid side or towards the alkaline side. And taking the wrong form of vitamin C can unbalance your metabolism and compromise your health. Here’s how that works.
These two forms of Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid and Calcium Ascorbate – cause different pH reactions in different Metabolic Types. For example, Calcium Ascorbate balances the pH of certain Metabolic Types, but unbalances other types. And the same is true of Ascorbic Acid – it balances certain types and unbalances others.
For example, if you are one of the four Slow Oxidizer types, Calcium Ascorbate will unbalance your pH. So Slow Oxidizers should stay away from Calcium Ascorbate and should use Ascorbic Acid, which causes a pH balancing reaction. This helps balance out their pH while at the same time providing the vitamin C they need.
But if you are one of the four ANS Parasympathetic types, it’s just the opposite for you. You should stay away from Ascorbic Acid and use Calcium Ascorbate instead.
Your Vitamin C Metabolic Chart
I know this can be confusing, but this is where knowing your Real Metabolic Type helps. It can help you clear the confusion, and help you make sure you are getting not just the right vitamins, but the right sources of those vitamins.
Here’s a list to help you determine which Vitamin C you should take:
- All four Fast Oxidizer types: Calcium Ascorbate
- All four Slow Oxidizer types: Ascorbic Acid
- All four Mixed Oxidizer types: Most take Ascorbic Acid, but check with your advisor
- All four Sympathetic types: Ascorbic Acid
- All four Parasympathetic types: Calcium Ascorbate
- All four Balanced types: Most take Ascorbic Acid, but check with your advisor
As you can see, knowing your Real Metabolic Type makes it much easier. And that’s really what Real Metabolic Typing is all about. Knowing what form of nutrients you need to eat to balance your metabolism, improve your health, control your weight, and get better energy and digestion. By knowing your nutrient sources, even in something as simple as Vitamin C, will allow you to work with your body instead of against it to build health.