Natural Factors Vitamin C Crystals 125g Feature Summary Vitamin C is necessary for maintaining all collagen structures, promoting wound repair, strong bones and teeth, and healthy gums. As a powerful antioxidant it protects the aqueous areas of the body (including the blood, intracellular fluid and interstitial fluid) from free radicals. Vitamin C protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation and also helps to regenerate vitamin E. As it is a water-soluble vitamin, the body cannot store vitamin C, making regular supplementation vital. The body's need for vitamin C increases during times of stress because vitamin C participates in the production of vital chemicals such as norepinephrine, needed for the "fight or flight" response. Vitamin C also acts as a detoxifier, helping to cleanse the body of toxins, such as cigarette smoke, carbon monoxide, etc. Vitamin C comes from starch, derived from the stalks of a variety of plants. Pure ascorbic acid crystals are extracted from this material. There is no residue left over after it is made so there is virtually no chance of allergies to the vitamin C itself. Ingredients Each serving (1/4 tsp) contains: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).............................1200 mg 1/4 tsp (1 g) is equivalent to 1000 mg of vitamin C Uses & Benefits Mixes easily in water or juice Enhances immune system function Promotes wound repair Builds strong, healthy bones and teeth Powerful antioxidant Improves circulation and the appearance of varicose veins Contraindications Vitamin C may increase the absorption of aluminum from aluminum-containing antacids such as ALternaGEL®, Amphojel®, Basaljel®, Nephrox®, Maalox®, and Mylanta®. Take vitamin C at least 2 hours before or after taking one of these products. Certain medicines, such as antibiotics, blood thinners and aspirin may interact with vitamin C. Consult your health care practitioner if you are on any medications. Some interactions may increase the need for vitamin C, other interactions may be negative. Your body uses these enzymes to break down certain drugs, such as calcium channel blockers (used in the treatment of high blood pressure), sedatives (for example, midazolam), cyclosporin (an immune suppressant given to people who have received organ transplants) and statins (lipid-lowering drugs). If the drugs are not metabolized, they remain in the body in higher concentrations, increasing the risk of unwanted toxic effects. If taking these drugs, be aware of this effect and consult your health care practitioner. Recommended Adult Dosage Stir 1/4 teaspoon daily into juice or any other liquid or food that is desired or as directed by a health care practitioner. Keep out of the reach of children.