Vitamin C Monograph

Scientific name of Vitamin C:
Ascorbic acid

Action of Vitamin C:
Maintains neurotransmitter productivity, blood vessels, bones and skin

Vitamin C is used for these common wellness concerns:
Immune system response; nervous system function

Find Vitamin C in these Clarocet blends:

An Overview of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential vitamin commonly found in citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits and oranges. Other sources include fruits and vegetables like strawberries, pineapple, raspberries, green and red bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli.

Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to provide positive support for:

  • Immune system response
  • Nervous system function
  • Tissue growth and collagen production

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that the body is unable to produce on its own. Therefore, it must be replenished everyday through the diet. A Vitamin C deficiency may result in fatigue and weakness, swollen gums, nosebleeds, irritability and depressed mood.

Science and Pharmacology of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid, is a cofactor. Cofactors are the most important components required to maintain fundamental processes throughout the body. Basic nervous system functions such as neurotransmitter synthesis and healthy cell-to-cell communication would not be possible without the presence of necessary vitamin, mineral and amino acid cofactors.

Supplementing a balanced diet with Vitamin C has been clinically shown to promote healthy nervous system function. Because of its nutritive value, Ascorbic Acid is used in Clarocet formulas along with other essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are associated with healthy nervous system function.

Vitamin C Safety and Usage

Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are the amounts of vitamins and minerals needed to provide for adequate nutrition in most healthy persons. RDAs for a given nutrient may vary depending on a person’s age, sex and physical condition, including considerations like pregnancy.

This chart shows the recommended daily amounts of Vitamin C for different groups:

Infants and children (Birth to 3  years) 30 – 40mg
4 to 6 years of age 45 mg
7 to 10 years of age 45 mg
 Adolescent and adult males 50 – 60 mg
Adolescent and adult females 50 – 60 mg
Pregnant females 70 mg
Breastfeeding females 100 mg

What are the potential side effects of Vitamin C?

Side effects have not been reported as a result of normal Vitamin C use.

Is Vitamin C safe for children?

Vitamin C is generally well tolerated when used in children. Because each child is unique, Vitamin C should be administered under the supervision of a professional healthcare provider.

Does Vitamin C adversely interact with prescription drugs?

Vitamin C has no known contraindications. If you are taking a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with your prescribing doctor before making any changes or additions to your current treatment plan.

What precautions should I take before beginning Vitamin C?

Consult with your healthcare provider before beginning a wellness plan that includes dietary supplements like Vitamin C.

Vitamin C Clinical Studies

1. Metabolic Pathways to Dopamine and Norepinephrine
Beverly Instructional Center
January, 2000 : [Read the Article]

2. The role of ascorbic acid in the oxidation of tryptophan to 5-hydroxytryptophan.
Cooper JR.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1961 Apr 21;92:208-11. PMID: 13695324 [Read the Abstract]

3. The Science Of 5-HTP: An Overview of 5-Hydroxy-L-Tryptophan
Medicor Labs Corporation
April, 2004: [Read the Full Text ]

4. ADHD and Dopamine
Thomas S.
C. Jan. 2004 [Read the Full Text ]

5. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Micromedix, Inc.
Medline Plus; Rev.: May 01, 1995 [Read the Full Text ]

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Last Updated: February 2015 [PHMF-03-0]