Did you know that vitamin C isn’t essential to all animals? However, it is for us, humans. It isn’t a necessary component of diet, at least for all mammals with the exception of guinea pigs, fruit eating bats, the red-vented bulbul bird, and primates—which includes us. All other species make their own.
They do this by converting glucuronic acid derived from glucose into ascorbic acid (C6H8O6). Three enzymes are required to make this conversion; one of these enzymes, or part of the enzyme system, is missing in primates. Irwin Stone proposed, in 1965, that a negative mutation may have occurred in these species so as to lose the ability to produce vitamin C. In primates, this is thought to have occurred in the region of 25 million years ago.
Ingredients: 100% pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Each ⅛ teaspoon contains 600 mg of vitamin C.
No fillers or excipients.
Adolescent 14–18 years: As a dietary supplement, stir ⅛ teaspoon into juice, water, or food once to twice daily or as directed by your health-care practitioner. Adults: As a dietary supplement, stir ⅛ teaspoon into juice, water, or food one to three times daily or as directed by your health-care practitioner.