I've been reading a lot about the benefits of vitamin C supplements and am wanting to add it to my pup's diet but am a little lost as to what type to buy.
I did a lot of searching in the forums and read that whole food sources are best and ascorbic acid isn't helpful. I've heard Ester C recommended, but also that its not good because it contains too much calcium for a puppy...
I don't see much as far as whole food source supplements besides regular Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) with 25 mg of rose hips.
Im so confused about what to buy!
I found one that looks like it uses natural sources, what do you all think about this one?
If anyone has recommendations on which type would be best, that would be so helpful!
The NOW product listed sounds like a good product: "has only Non-GMO, fruit-derived Vitamin C. This vegetarian, non-synthetic source of Vitamin C is citrus- and corn-free."
But also has the following listed on its label:
Organic Amla Extract
(Phyllanthus emblica) (Fruit) (min. 50% Natural Ascorbic Acid) Not sure what is meant by that!
If you want the truest form of vitamin C it comes from a whole food, natural, form of Vitamin C made from concentrated berries!
Such as this one: Synergy’s “Pure Radiance C”
Quote: “Nearly all conventional Vitamin C supplements found in stores today are chemically synthesized and derived from genetically modified compounds – most of which originates from China. In contrast, Pure Radiance C® is exclusively made from organic and wild berries that are naturally rich in Vitamin C. A whole food product your body will easily absorb, it contains no GMOs, additives, or fillers, and of course, no synthetic ascorbic acid. Pure Radiance C is made exclusively with certified organic and wild ingredients and contains no additives, fillers, corn, gluten, or synthetic ascorbic acid. All ingredients The Synergy Company uses are grown and processed without genetically modified materials and are certified kosher. Concentrated wildcrafted camu camu berries. The world’s richest source of natural vitamin C. Concentrated, organic amla berries. Considered to be the most regenerative herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Buy Pure Radiance C, The Synergy Company
Synthetic or synthesized Vitamin C’s such as Ascorbate Acid (which was the first compound to be synthesized from Vitamin C), Calcium Ascorbate (Calcium ascorbate is a calcium salt of ascorbic acid, vitamin C, which is chemically bound to calcium), or Magnesium Ascorbic (is ascorbic acid chemically bound to magnesium). Not that these are bad……they are just NOT the whole food form of Vitamin C so therefore missing essentials!
The Absorbate Acid here in the US mainly comes from……CORN! And some are from GMO Corn! You never know what you are buying unless there is a statement that says so!
“Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) Rarely comes from natural sources, but rather synthesized from corn."...about 99% of all C vitamin products on the market today are not natural vitamin C. Instead, they are synthetically made ascorbic acid - or variations such as calcium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate or potassium ascorbate. Like many other vitamins sold today, this synthetic product has things missing from it. Despite marketing claims, these laboratory-produced powders like ascorbic acid are NOT natural C vitamin complexes - and far from it. They are chemically synthesized molecules manufactured in a test tube and are often made from genetically modified corn sugar."Healthy Vitamins RX”. Citric Acid: Citric acid can be made from corn... but doesn't have to be. The only way to know if you're product contains citric acid derived from corn is to contact the manufacturer.
Are Ascorbic Acid and Vitamin C Identical? Despite popular belief, they are not structurally identical. Ascorbic acid does not grow on trees or plants. It cannot be grown on a farm. It is produced in a laboratory and is an artificial reduced form of the natural Vitamin C. One analogy to help you understand this is if you compare Vitamin C to an egg, ascorbic acid would be just the egg shell with nothing inside. The Food & Drug Administration has permitted ascorbic acid to be identified as Vitamin C. This is why beverages, foods, and supplements which are fortified with ascorbic acid can say they contain this vitamin. Technically they do contain it, since according to the FDA, they’re allowed to call it that. When manufactured, Ascorbic Acid is missing 80% of what makes up food grade Vitamin C!
Dogs can produce their own vitamin c so you will have to find the right balance for YOUR particular dog.
Remember that whatever product you choose, that you start with a minimal dose like 250mg and work up from there otherwise diarrhea can occur. When loose stool appears, back off to previous dose where stools were normal and hold there.