Ester-C, Patented form of Vitamin C
Ester-C is a unique form of buffered Vitamin C with non-acidic ascorbates and natural metabolites. Vitamin C is important to the body for its antioxidant abilities. This means, that vitamin C can help hunt down free radicals and cleanse the body of waste. Ester-C aids the immune system and the production of collagen. Ester-C is easily absorbed by the body and is found in high quantities in fruits and vegetables. Ester-C is known to be pH balanced and time-released.
Vitamin E and flavonoids can be used in conjunction to ester-c as the results may be increased absorption and effectiveness. Iron, copper, and selenium may have negative interactions with vitamin C while the vitamin may help maintain reduced glutathione levels in cells. Acetaminophen, choline magnesium trisalicylate, thinyl estradiol, heparin, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, niacin, protease inhibitors (PIs), salsalte, warfarin, and aspirin should not be taken with ester-C as their effectiveness is hindered and the risk of side effects increased. Vitamin C may increase the inotropic effect of dobutamine drugs.
When taken in low, recommended doses, Ester-C does not appear to have adverse effects. However, with higher doses, side effects such as nausea, vomiting, esophagitis, heartburn, abdominal cramps, gastrointestinal obstruction, fatigue, flushing, headache, insomnia, sleepiness, and diarrhea have been experienced. Vitamin C, in very high doses, may cause problems in the urinary tract. If a person has a deficiency of vitamin C, scurvy may occur.
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