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Ascorbate vs Ascorbic Acid
Posted by: Len
Date: March 10, 2001 9:29 PM

You say that only Vitamin C as *ascorBATE* acid can effectively treat a cold virus. You say that *ascorBIC* acid is ineffective in treatment (implying that it is still effective as a source of Vitamin C?). Can you tell me (1) What products in the market contain ascorbate acid? I have found none to date and (2) Is ascorbic acid still effective as a source of Vitamin C?

RE: Ascorbate vs Ascorbic Acid
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 10, 2001 10:18 PM

It's ascorbate, not ascorbate acid. Ascorbate means a salt of ascorbic acid. A salt is formed when a mineral ion is mixed with an acid. You will find it in any preparation which lists
ascorbate as its source of vitamin C, for example Magscorplex by Douglas Labs. This is best for acute infections. For preventing scurvy and helping to prevent vascular disease, ascorbic acid is OK.

RE: Ascorbate vs Ascorbic Acid
Posted by: Len
Date: March 10, 2001 11:10 PM

Thank you sir for the reply ..... one more question:

Is ascorbic acid also still valid for boosting the immune system response? I know that 60mg daily of vit C (i.e. ascorbic acid) will keep scurvy at bay .... but what about pushing the envelope as Linus Pauling did? Can ascorbic acid do that? Is there any effectivity to doing 2-3 grams daily vs a simply 500 mg.?

RE: Ascorbate vs Ascorbic Acid
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 11, 2001 4:22 AM

Ascorbic acid must be converted to ascorbate to have its effect. If the person has plenty of minerals on board, the conversion goes easily and it works well; if not, it doesn't. Alkalinity is the key to health. Consumption of fresh raw fruits and vegetables leads to an alkaline condition and this provides plenty of minerals for the conversion.



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