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What is Bio-C-Vitamin?
Bio-C-Vitamin is film-coated tablets with 750 mg of
vitamin C in the form of non-acidic calcium ascorbate in
a pharmaceutical quality. Bio-C-Vitamin can be taken
with or without a meal.
Bio-C-Vitamin may be used by pregnant and lactating
Side effects
Bio-C-Vitamin is not associated with any known side
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C’s chemical name is ascorbic acid which
means: The acid that counteracts scurvy. Vitamin C is a
water-soluble vitamin and an antioxidant that is part of
several intra-cellular redox systems involved in
neutralising reactive oxygen compounds (also known as
free radicals). Vitamin C is a so-called co-factor in
different enzymatic processes. Vitamin C distributes
itself through the body’s water phase, which includes
everything that is not fat and bone tissue.
The vitamin C concetration in the brain is 10 times
higher than what it found in blood. The highest
concentration is found in white blood cells and blood
platelets. The adrenal glands and pituitary gland plus
the testicles and ovaries have particularly high
concentrations of vitamin C.
Mammals produce their own vitamin C
Almost all mammals are able to synthesize vitamin C in
their adrenal glands by means of an enzymatic
conversion of glucose. In these animals vitamin C works
like a hormone. In humans, on the other hand, the gene
of the vitamin C-producing enzyme contains a number
of mutations resulting in an inability to produce the
vitamin and therefore we depend on it from our diet.
Increased need
Humans have an increased need for vitamin C in
situations with oxidative stress like e.g. large lesions,
burns, and serious infections. Also, smokers have
increased need for vitamin C.
1 tablet contains
Vitamin C
(as calcium ascorbate)
750 mg
Calcium ascorbate, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose,
silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, talc, titanium dioxide.
1 tablet daily, unless otherwise advised.
Dark, dry and at room temperature.
Keep out of reach of young children.
Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage.
Preferably after a meal as a whole take.
A healthy lifestyle and a varied balanced diet is important for
maintaining good health.
Dietary supplements should not replace a varied diet.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Properties of Vitamin C:
• Is an important antioxidant that is involved in intra
cellular redox systems. The exact mechanism of
action is not known.
• Is almost fully absorbed from the intestine in dosages
of about 100 mg daily. At higher dosages or in the
case of diarrhea, the absorption is reduced.
• Is able to regenerate vitamin E which have been
damaged by encounter with free radicals
• Maintains the enzyme propyl hydroxylase in its active
form which helps to hydroxylate recently produced
connective tissue (collagen). The deficiency symptom
known as scurvy is a result of insufficient collagen
• Is important for our energy-yielding metabolism, our
immune and nervous system and also psychological
functions. It increases non-haem iron from our food
• Is able to reduce tiredness and fatique
Good sources of vitamin C
Good and natural vitamin C sources include foods such
• Rosehips
• Acerola
• Bell pepper
• Vegetables
• Cabbage
• Citrus fruits
Vitamin C and drugs
Consuming vitamin C may influence the effect of certain
drugs (including natural remedies) and food. Concurrent
ingestion of deferoxamine (iron-binding remedy)
increases this effect. Large doses of vitamin C may affect
the way anticoagulants work. A possible interaction
between medicine and vitamin C has only been observed
with some drugs.
When to avoid Vitamin C supplements
Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron and should
therefore not be taken by people with iron overload
problems. In addition, Bio-C-Vitamin should not be used
by people who tend to develop kidney stones, have
impaired renal function or glucose 6-phosphate
dehydrogenase deficiency. Rare cases of diarrhea and
indigestion have been reported from large intake of
vitamin C.
Vitamin C overdosing rarely occurs, as a vitamin C
surplus is normally excreted in the urine. Ingesting more
than 2 grams of vitamin C daily may in some people
cause a completely harmless state of diarrhea known as
osmotic diarrhea. In some cases, bloating and nausea
are seen. Large vitamin C quantities are also able to
increase urine levels of oxalate in some people with a
tendency to hyperoxaluria, which is a rare condition
that may increase the risk of producing stones in the
urinary tract.
Any surplus of vitamin C is excreted in the urine as
oxalate in unchanged form. Overdosing is treated
symptomatically with remedies like medical coal and/or
Discontinuation of excessive vitamin C consumption
If one suddenly stops consuming vitamin C after having
ingested large quantities of the vitamin for a prolonged
period of time it may cause vitamin deficiency
symptoms – also called a so-called rebound