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Sodium Ascorbate

post #1 of 431
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Where do you buy your Sodium Ascorbate? None of our Health Food Stores carry it - Ascorbic Acid, but no Sodium Ascorbate. I want to lay some up "against the season" so to speak, in case of flu, pertussis, etc. Is there a good place online that I could order from? TIA!
post #2 of 431
I buy from Bronson Laboratories Item # 50B. They seem to have the best price and they are online. Dont have the addy offhand.
post #3 of 431
Hi,
Got a tip on the Dental forum that sodium ascorbate is good for your gums. Seabarnes, I'm glad you asked this question because I can't find it locally either. BTW, what *is* the difference between sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid? Can anyone tell me?
Thanks!
post #4 of 431
Ascorbic acid, is vitamin C without a buffer. It's very acid, and if you ever use it, use it one to one with sodium bicarbonate.

The first sign of vitamin C deficiency is red gums where the collagen bonds have broken down, and the cells are going spongy, and they bleed when brushed. Vitamin C deficiency is THE primary cause for most gum disorders such as "gingivitis".

But if you have gum redness, then you can also be sure that the rest of your body inside is going the same way.
post #5 of 431
I'm too tired to get up and look in the vitamin cabinet right now, but isn't it packaged as "Ester-C" here, in the states?
post #6 of 431
Mine is Nutribiotic (Lakeport, CA 95453) Sodium Ascorbate Crystalline Powder (Buffered Vitamin C Pharmaceutical Grade pH 7.1). It is made by dissolving pharmaceutical grade ascorbic acid with sodium bicarbonate derived from sea water. It's food grade and IV grade. I pay about $18.00 for 16oz in a local health food store but the product can be found online, although it costs more.
post #7 of 431
i ought to have this down pat by now but i tend to get easily distracted by life- so, i have high quality powdered c & empty capsules (no filler, but easy enough to do by hand). half & half bicarb will get me sodium ascorbate? it was that simple when i've been asking wild oats & my health food store (without effect, may i add) to get me sodium ascorbate for years? doh!

and no, btw, before mt gets to it, ester c is not it.

susan
post #8 of 431
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Originally Posted by Mommy To Baby Roni
I'm too tired to get up and look in the vitamin cabinet right now, but isn't it packaged as "Ester-C" here, in the states?
Ester-C is Calcium Ascorbate.
post #9 of 431
Never use Ester C, or calcium ascorbate, except, or unless there is NOTHING ELSE around, and do NOT use it long term. If you MUST use it, you will require about double what you'd need with sodium ascorbate, and if you don't salt your food, then you must if you use Ester C. But remember, if there is any possibility that cancer is an issue... excess calcium in the body makes cancer cells go rampant.

That's not the only reason to not use it though...

Well, suseyblue, you can use ascorbic acid and bicarb, but I'm reluctant to do that, because it messes with the stomach acidity. IMO its just better to get sodium ascorbate. Again, if you've got nothing else, then AA + sodium bicarb is better than a kick in the rump.
post #10 of 431
I special ordered mine from my local co-op. I paid almost $40 for 3lbs of it It is the NOW brand. Oh, and it tastes disgusting, a lil' FYI.
post #11 of 431
AmyD I dont care much for the taste of SA so I stuff it in those gelatin capsules, I get the ones that hold about a gram.

For my one dd who cant swallow I mix C into lemonade, I can get a lot of C into her that way :LOL
post #12 of 431
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Originally Posted by AmyD
I special ordered mine from my local co-op. I paid almost $40 for 3lbs of it It is the NOW brand. Oh, and it tastes disgusting, a lil' FYI.
Tastes disgusting? Nah.

Try chinese herbal remedies, then you will REALLY know what disgusting is.
post #13 of 431
I bought mine from Source Naturals--sodium ascorbate crystals.
post #14 of 431
You can get 8 oz bottles of the NOW brand from Vitaglo.com for $4.64. They also sell 3 pounds for $29.80.

I don't mind the taste, it's just salty really. My 2 year old DD still likes eating baby cereal (you know, the "first food" you mix with breastmilk, formula or water) so when I mix it up for her I add a pinch or 2 of the sodium ascorbate, and she loves it. She actually prefers it with the SA. I've been wondering though, is it okay to mix the SA with almost boiling water?
post #15 of 431
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Originally Posted by Momtezuma Tuatara
Tastes disgusting? Nah.

Try chinese herbal remedies, then you will REALLY know what disgusting is.
: :LOL

I mix mine in a bit of grape or orange juice. I also get ds' into him this way.
post #16 of 431
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Never use Ester C, or calcium ascorbate, except, or unless there is NOTHING ELSE around, and do NOT use it long term.
Thank you! But would it be a good choice while I'm pg?
post #17 of 431
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Originally Posted by Momtezuma Tuatara
Tastes disgusting? Nah.

Try chinese herbal remedies, then you will REALLY know what disgusting is.
: Haven't tried them yet. I have no problem w/it, but my poor hubby , and the 3 yr old isn't a big fan. Unfortunately/fortunately we are going on the maker's diet and we have to stay away from fruit and sugar, so he just takes it in some water. Will definately do the lemonade trick when we are back eating normally though.

Oh, and I will definately be buying my NOW 3 lbs from that online source, much cheaper than my co-op, thanks for the link!!

Amy
post #18 of 431
OK, here's a question - I take Emer'gen-C 1-2X/day (the whole family does) - it lists the Vit C content (1,000) this way: "as Seven Mineral Ascorbates". Sodium (60 mg) is listed separately.

Is this good/bad/otherwise? I love this stuff, it's relatively inexpensive, and it really seems to keep our immune systems in good shape.
post #19 of 431
Our MD/ND recommended emergen-c for our 16 month old daughter and my wife takes it too. The kid and adult version are the same price except you get 500mg for the kid and 1000mg for the adult. So you can save money by simply buying the adult version and splitting it in half!
post #20 of 431
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Originally Posted by Zuri's Papa
So you can save money by simply buying the adult version and splitting it in half!
Yeah, that's what I do for my younger kids.

But what I wanna know is, is this a proper way to get the right mix of Vit C & ascorbates? It's most cost-effective for us.
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