In this health video you will learn whether all vitamin C's are created equal or not.
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Raena Morgan: Hello, I’m visiting with Dr. Benjamin Weeks who’s a Professor of Biology at Adelphi University. We’re discussing vitamin C, and what I wanted to ask you Dr. Weeks is—are all vitamin Cs created equal? I mean, there’s a lot of vitamin C product out on the market. Could you talk about that? Dr. Benjamin Weeks: Absolutely. And, there are indeed a variety of formulations that are available on the market. It is important that people understand that vitamin C is vitamin C. Raena Morgan: Okay. Dr. Benjamin Weeks: Okay. However, it is formulated differently with regard to the delivery system to the body. Raena Morgan: The delivery system is the important aspect? Dr. Benjamin Weeks: This is right—how it gets into the body because, as I had mentioned before, you don’t make vitamin C, your body doesn’t make it but you need it for these systems and functions. So, you need to take it in as a supplement or in your diet, and they’re not all equal with regard to how they get into your body. And, I’ve actually done research in my laboratory comparing some of the popular formulations of vitamin C that are available on the market with regard to their ability to get into the body, [be] taken up by cells and have a positive benefit on the body and cell behavior. Raena Morgan: And, you’ve done this as a scientist, right? Dr. Benjamin Weeks: Absolutely, in my research laboratory at Adelphi University. Raena Morgan: What have you found? Dr. Benjamin Weeks: There are actually—it’s important to know—there’s 2 main barriers, 2 main obstacles to the vitamin C getting to where it needs to go to have its positive effects. The first barrier is when you take it in orally; it has to get out of your stomach and into your bloodstream. Raena Morgan: Okay. Dr. Benjamin Weeks: Once the vitamin C gets out of the stomach and into the bloodstream it has to get into the cells of the body in order to impart its beneficial effects. The vitamin C has to actually get into a cell. So, the first barrier is the gastrointestinal track, getting out of that into the blood, and the 2nd barrier is the membrane of the cell, getting through the membrane of the cell into the cell where it has its positive effects. Raena Morgan: So, some vitamin Cs can deliver that and others can’t? Dr. Benjamin Weeks: Absolutely. All can to some extent, however, some are better at getting into the body and then into cells. And, my recent research has shown that a new formulation of vitamin C, known as PureWay-C, is more rapidly absorbed into the human body when taken orally, gets into the bloodstream more quickly, and then once in the bloodstream, I’ve also shown that it goes into the cells more quickly—not simply because it got into the bloodstream more quickly—or barrier one—but even if you start there where it’s all in the bloodstream PureWay-C is better than other vitamin C formulations available on the market, crossing barrier 2 which is getting into the cells. Further, my research has shown once PureWay-C gets across the first barrier of the gut, the 2nd barrier of the cell and is in cells, it is more effective at providing some of the normal physiological benefits that vitamin C provides when you compare it to some of the other formulations. So, I’m very excited about PureWay-C. Raena Morgan: It sounds like it. It sounds like it’s very effective, and it’s fast. Dr. Benjamin Weeks: It’s fast. It gets in quick. It gets into the body quick. It gets taken up into the cells quick. And, you have faster, better benefits with PureWay-C than other commercially available forms of vitamin C. And, the research publications in peer-reviewed journals— Raena Morgan: Peer-reviewed? Dr. Benjamin Weeks: Peer-reviewed journals demonstrate that this is scientific fact. It can be measured. We can see it. It gets in more quickly and has more rapid beneficial effects—on the nervous system, on wound healing and on the immune system. Raena Morgan: D