Emergen-C is a vitamin packed powder mixed with water to create a fizzy, yet healthy beverage. As noted on its site, Alacer Corp took an interest in the immune- boosting benefits of vitamin C established by the studies conducted by two-time Nobel laureate, Linus Pauling. Emergen-C comes in diverse powdered formulas that target bone, joint and heart health.
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Established Vitamin C Benefits
Most packets of Emergen-C drink formulas contain 1,000 mg of vitamin C, which is considered a “mega-dose” compared to the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommended daily intake of vitamin C for an adults: between 60 mg to 90 mg. Linus Pauling was perhaps the most notable scientist who believed that human beings need to ingest much higher levels of vitamin C for normal health because we are one of the few species that doesn’t manufacture it internally.
Since the early research of Linus Pauling, vitamin C has been proven to play an essential role in the immune system, cardiovascular system, connective tissue repair, antioxidant activity and the prevention of certain conditions, such as scurvy, gout and cholesteremia.
Additional Immune Boosting Benefits
Emergen-C offers a product named, Immune Defense, which not only contains 1,000 mg of vitamin C, it also contains unspecified quantities of vitamins A, B, D, zinc, selenium, hibiscus extract and elderberry concentrate. As mentioned, vitamin C has established immune boosting benefits, but so do vitamin A, zinc and the herbal remedies, potentially making this product effective at enhancing immune system function.
Additional Cardiovascular Benefits
Emergen-C also offers a product named, Heart Health, which not only contains 1,000 mg of vitamin C, but also unspecified quantities of the plant sterol, lycopene, as well as folic acid and multiple B vitamins. While vitamin C is important for cardiovascular health by maintaining the integrity of the blood vessels, lycopene, a strong anti-oxidant, has shown the ability to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Another Emergen-C formula called Joint Health contains 1,000 mg of vitamin C, as well as 500 mg of glucosamine and 400 mg of chondroitin. Both of these natural supplements have become popular alternatives in managing the symptoms of osteoarthritis. According to Mayoclinic.com, solid evidence supports the claim that glucosamine sulfate stops the progression of osteoarthritis, especially in the knees and manages pain and inflammation more effectively than pharmaceutical medicines.
- Emergen-C Official Website
- U.S. Department of Agriculture - Dietary Reference Intakes: Vitamin C
- MedlinePlus: Vitamin C Benefits
- "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition"; Plasma lycopene, other carotenoids, and retinol and the risk of cardiovascular disease in women; H. Sesso et al; January, 2004
- Mayo Clinic: Glucosamine Sulfate Benefits