Most people know that vitamin C is good for the body, especially during cold season. Vitamin C is also very beneficial for the skin. Vitamin C simulates the fibroblasts in the body which are the cells that produce collagen and elastin. Ester-C, a new variation of vitamin C has come on the market, is supposed to be even better than vitamin C. So what exactly is this Ester-C and how does it differ from the tradition vitamin C supplements?

Ester- C is a form of vitamin C that has been made using a water-based process that blends the vitamin with mineral ascorbates. This is a proprietary patented process so Ester-C is a unique product. Ester-C is vitamin C joined by a chemical ester bond with a fatty acid derived from palm oil, also known as palmitic acid. The difference between Ester-C and vitamin C is that the former has neutral pH, meaning the Ester C supplement has less acidity of vitamin C and is more digestible. Since the pH is neutral, Ester-C can stay in the body longer than regular vitamin C before leaving the body.

Ester-C is claimed to be better than regular vitamin C because it does stay in the body longer thereby allowing the vitamins can be used fully before being flushed out. Traditional vitamin C is often scrutinized as being inefficient in comparison because the vitamins within the supplements are not absorbed properly by the body due to a higher pH. The less acidic Ester-C version is also is easier on the stomach. One study compared people who had high acidity sensitivities in food and drink. The persons who took Ester-C experienced less heartburn and less pain after taking the supplement compared to those who took regular vitamin C. Thus for those with sensitivities, taking ester-C is a better supplement.

In summary, the main benefit of Ester-C is that the vitamins are able to be absorbed by the body more than regular vitamin C. While both ester-C and vitamin c give helpful boosts to the immune system, Ester-C is better for people with sensitive stomach or for those who have trouble taking vitamin C. So next time you are at the store wondering what type of vitamin C to purchase, now you know the differences and benefits.