BioCeuticals Ultra Potent-C® (200g

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BioCeuticals Ultra Potent-C® (200g

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Ultra Potent-C combines a high dose of various forms of vitamin C, together with zinc, vitamin E and betacarotene in an easy-to-mix-and-drink oral powder for immune system and antioxidant support.

  • 2.45g of total vitamin C per 4g dose.

  • A blend of three ascorbates providing optimal delivery of vitamin C with minimal gastrointestinal discomfort. 

  • Contains zinc chelated to an amino acid; known to enhance zinc absorption. In the amino acid chelate form zinc bisglycinate, zinc had an increased bioavailability of 43% in women.[1]

  • Vitamin E and betacarotene provide additional nutritional and antioxidant support.

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Mineral ascorbates 
Mineral salts of ascorbic acid are buffered and therefore less acidic and potentially less irritating than ascorbic acid alone. Sodium ascorbate and calcium ascorbate are the most common forms. Sodium ascorbate generally provides 131mg of sodium per 1000mg of ascorbic acid, and pure calcium ascorbate provides 114mg of calcium per 1000mg of ascorbic acid.[6] 

Vitamin C content of various forms of ascorbic acid [6]

Ascorbic acid                                                = 100% vitamin C

Sodium ascorbate                                        = 88.9% vitamin C

Calcium ascorbate                                       = 82.39% vitamin C

Roles of Vitamin C in Immune Cells

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  • The active ingredients contained in this product have not been shown to be contraindicated during pregnancy or lactation. 
  • The tolerable upper limit (UL) for vitamin C is 2000mg per day for pregnant or breastfeeding women aged 19 years and older, and 1800mg per day for pregnant or breastfeeding women aged 14-18 years.[2] 
  • Do not exceed a daily intake of 200mg of vitamin C in patients with haemochromatosis.[3]
  • High doses of vitamins C or E may reduce the response to warfarin.[4,5]
  • Medications that may lower vitamin C levels include aspirin and corticosteroids.[6]
  • Taking more than 40mg of zinc per day over a period of weeks may interfere with copper bioavailability.[7]
  • Substances that may affect zinc absorption or excretion include high dietary calcium intake, coffee, folate, supplemental iron, NSAIDs, antibiotics and diuretics.[6]

[1] Gandia P, Bour D, Marurette JM, et al. A bioavailability study comparing two oral formulations containing zinc (Zn bis-glycinate vs. Zn gluconate) after a single administration to twelve healthy female volunteers. Int J Vitam Nutr Res 2007;77(4):243-248.
[2] Panel on Dietary Antioxidants and Related Compounds, Subcommittees on Upper Reference Levels of Nutrients and Interpretation and Uses of DRIs, Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. Dietary reference intakes for vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and carotenoids. Washington, DC: The National Academy of Sciences, 2000. 
[3] Herbert V. Hemochromatosis and vitamin C. Ann Intern Med 1999 Sep 21;131(6):475-476. 
[4] Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database 2013. Viewed 27 Nov 2013, www.naturaldatabase.com
[5] Vitamin E. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database 2013. Viewed 27 Nov 2013, www.naturaldatabase.com
[6] Braun L, Cohen M. Herbs and natural supplements: an evidence-based guide, 3rd ed. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2010. 
[7] Drake VL. Zinc. Micronutrient information center, Linus Pauling Institute 2013. Viewed 27 Nov 2013, http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/minerals/zinc/
[8] Field CJ, Johnson IR, Schlet PD. Nutriens and thsi role in host resistance to infection. J Leikoc Biol 2002;71(1):16-32.
[9] Levine M, Padayatty SJ, Wang Y, et al. Chapter 27: Vitamin C, In Stipanuk MH. Biochemical, physiological, and molecular aspects of human nutrition, 2nd ed (pp. 760-796) St Louis: Saunders Elsevier, 2006.
[10] Maggini S, Wintergerst ES, Beveridge S, Hornig DH. Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses. Br J Nutr 2007;98 Suppl 1:S29-S35.
[11] Guyton AC, Hall JE. Textbook of medical physiology, 11th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders, 2006.
[12] Gropper SS, Smith JL, Groff JL. Advanced nutrition and health metablism, 4th ed. Belmont: Thomson Wasworth, 2005.
[13] Thornhill SM, Kelly AM. Natural treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis. Altern Med Rev 2000;5(5):448-454.