Posted by: “Phil Bate PhD” email@example.com drbate1
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:39 am (PST)
The two main types of vitamin C are ascorbic acid, the plain negative H
acidic form that almost all animals on earth except we primates (us and
apes and monkeys) actually manufacture in their bodies as needed.
They are able to make this basic vitamin C out of blood sugar (glucose). The
primates lost one enzyme about 65 million years ago that is necessary to do this,
and that’s why humans (and apes) are so likely to get diseases.
Vitamin C kills both bacteria and viruses in the blood.
The “neutral” pH vitamin C is a combination of an alkaline mineral, usually
Sodium (used mostly in IV, and Calcium, sold in pills and powders
(cheaper). This is known as Calcium Ascorbate or Sodium Ascorbate.
Here’s the difference. Once in an ascorbate form it becomes water soluble
in the blood, and thus filtered by the kidneys and transported out of the
Once in that ascorbate form, it cannot change back, so it cannot become
Mercury Ascorbate, or Zinc Ascorbate, so it cannot take out all minerals as
it does in the plain (cheap) ascorbic acid form.
A simple way to remember is to remember my name (Bate), and if the vitamin C has my name at the end,
it just doesn’t get minerals out (good in some cases and bad in others).