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C the difference: Mega C Sodium Ascorbate vs. Ascorbic Acid

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Ever wondered why there’s a sudden change in the way Vitamin C is being branded right now? Growing up, I have always known it to be Ascorbic Acid, so what’s up with this new variant popping up on billboards and flyers, giving Vitamin C a new face, and claiming to be the better brew?

What is Sodium Ascorbate and why is it rampantly subheading Vitamin C nowadays, overthrowing the good old Ascorbic Acid?

A quick research reveals why:

Vitamin C is available in a lot of forms and the most commonly known one would be Ascorbic Acid. It’s a water-soluble, acidic compound that can be found naturally in a variety of fruits and vegetables such as oranges, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables. Pharmaceutical companies manufacture it in forms such as tablets, powders, capsules, chewables, and syrups. It is widely used as a supplement and is effective in strengthening the immune system and preventing cough and colds, that and a ton of other benefits!

However, due to its acidity, Ascorbic Acid doesn’t jive well with people suffering from gastrointestinal issues and stomach irritation, leading to a need in prescribing a more alkaline alternative, which is (and you guessed it right!), Sodium Ascorbate!



Sodium Ascorbate, on the other hand, is a counterpart of Vitamin C which is simply Ascorbic Acid diluted with Sodium. What’s special about this mixture is that the Sodium acts as a buffer, lowering the acidity levels of the ascorbic acid, making it easier for our stomachs to handle.

While the acidity level is the only major difference between Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid, it could easily become the major reason you should switch to using Sodium Ascorbate instead. A happy tummy is a healthy tummy and our friends from Mega C can very well vouch for that!


Mega C Health Ventures, a leading distributor of health and wellness products, has recently launched its own brand of Sodium Ascorbate, aptly called Mega C. Lifted from their website are 12 reasons why you should make the Mega switch to Mega C Sodium Ascorbate:
  1. Mega C Sodium Ascorbate is non-acidic and has a pH range of 7.5 to 7.8 and it can be taken as much as preferred without the negative effects of other highly acidic Vitamin C tablets.
  2. It helps fight stress by boosting your immune system to help prevent you from flu, cough, bronchitis, respiratory problems and other viral and bacterial infections.
  3. It protects your cardiovascular system, particularly your heart from bad cholesterol.
  4. It protects the body from carcinogens found in processed meats by blocking the reaction between nitrates and proteins.
  5. Its direct effect on collagen has shown that it has the capacity to mend skin and bone injuries, and improve the quality of life of those who are suffering from disorders like multiple sclerosis and spondylitis.
  6. It helps reduce the insulin requirement of those suffering from Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and spondylitis.
  7. Its antihistamine function helps fight all forms of allergies, multiple sclerosis and spondylitis.
  8. It enhances sexual performance by making the endurance glands perform at its peak level.
  9. Its antioxidant properties prevent the weakening of the sperm cells.
  10. It helps whiten your skin.
  11. It prevents constipation and reduces the size of hemorrhoids.
  12. It uses vegetable capsule, which are all natural and retain all the advantages of standard two-piece capsules.
So what are you waiting for? Make the mega switch to Mega C!

Mega C is available at all Mercury Drug and leading drugstores nationwide, and sells at only 5 pesos per capsule! A box of Mega C contains 100 capsules.

For more details, visit their website at www.mega-c.com.

Sources: [1, 2, 3, pictures are from Mega C fb page]