Did you know that pretty much all Vitamin C supplements nowadays are fermented from corn? If you are avoiding grains, and corn especially, this is bad news, especially if you think how important Vitamin C is for poor immune systems like ours.
I have been unable to take a Vitamin C for years and, of course, didn’t know that this was why until relatively recently. The vast majority of manufacturers will not state corn on the label or give any clues that corn has been used in the processing. They cite the old chestnut that there is none of the fermenting substance, in this case, corn, left in the finished product.
What you have to know is that there may be none of the corn PROTEIN (which is all that is looked for as far as I know) left, but that doesn’t mean there is no corn starch or other elements of corn there. We react to something and the debate rages on as to exactly what. I don’t care what it is. It may not be the protein, it could be the energetic fingerprint of the food for all I know, but there IS corn left in the finished product which is why it is so important to find trulyglutenfree supplements as many supplements are produced by fermentation of grains. I will be going over more of these shortly.
I have been searching over the past few months for a non-corn Vitamin C. Pretty much all the Vitamin C in supplements is produced by a single company in China, I have discovered! They have that market sewn up.
I have found a few companies, thank goodness, who offer an alternative.
Viridian Acerola Cherry Powder.
The kind people at Viridian sent me a sample to try and I have pounded them with questions. Here is a summary of their replies:
What is it exactly?
“Simply pure acerola cherries dried and bottled. There are no additives whatsoever. The vitamin C content is naturally found within the acerola cherry.”
Is it fermented on anything or is just pure dried cherry? Anything used in the processing?
“The Acerola fruit is harvested and processed into a single strength juice. This is then concentrated, pasteurised and then sprayed dried into a powder form. No other processing such as fermentation or any other ingredients are added to this product.”
Nothing added to help the flow through the machinery?
“No flow agents are used in the production. The product is certified organic so no unauthorised additives are permitted.”
Phew. I think I covered all bases there. Pure dried cherries in a powder. A quarter of a teaspoon (about 1g) contains around 180g Vitamin C.
Here’s the blurb on the product for you:
Acerola can be found growing wild and under cultivation on the sandy soils throughout north-eastern Brazil. It is native to northern South America, Central America, and Jamaica, Florida and Texas. The fruit of the Acerola Cherry tree, Malpighia punicifolia L. is rich in Vitamin C and carotenoids, with the cherry-like fruits being one of the richest known natural sources of vitamin C.
The fresh fruit can contain up to 4000 mg Vitamin C per gram of fresh weight.
• ANTIOXIDANT – acerola’s use is mostly associated with its high content of vitamin C and the synergistic bioflavonoids- rutin and hesperidin, providing one of nature’s most potent antioxidants.
• NUTRITIVE – Compared to oranges, acerola provides twice as much magnesium, pantothenic acid, and potassium. Other vitamins present include vitamin A (4,300 to 12,500 IU/100 g, compared to approximately 11,000 IU for raw carrots), thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin in concentrations comparable to those in other fruits. One hundred and fifty other constituents have been identified in acerola; the major ones being furfural, hexadecanoic acid, and limonene. Acerola cherries are an excellent source of powerful antioxidants and are also rich in protein and mineral salts principally, iron, calcium and phosphorus.
1g (1/4 tsp) one or two times daily, or as required.
Viridian’s Acerola powder provides approximately 18% vitamin C. Therefore 1g of powder provides 180mg vitamin C.
You can get the product from Natural Dispensary, Nutricentre, Revital, health stores and online.