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Additives and excipients

Ascorbyl palmitate

Product code: P22158

Ascorbyl palmitate is also marketed as "vitamin C ester" because it is an ester formed from ascorbic acid and palmitic acid. It is used either as a fat-soluble form of vitamin C, or as an antioxidant food additive.

Dose 

Ascorbyl palmitate is approximately 42.5% Vitamin C. Therefore to get 80mg (100% of the Reference Intake), 188.24mg of ascorbyl palmitate would be required.

To obtain a significant amount of vitamin C (12mg, 15% of the Reference Intake), 28.24mg of ascobyl palmitate would be required

Levels above 1000mg may cause mild stomach upset in sensitive individuals. High level of vitamin C (more than 1000mg) are not suitable for people predisposed to creating kidney stones or suffering from kidney stones.

As a food additive

Ascorbyl palmitate has the e-number 'E 304 (i)'; this covers Fatty acid esters of ascorbic acid. E 304 comes under Group I, Additives. Conditions of use would depend on the category of the food; these can be found in Regulation 1333/2008. 

The EFSA opinion on the safety of E 304 (i) and E 304 (ii) can be found here: https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4289

Health Claims 

Vitamin C contributes to maintain the normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise

Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of blood vessels

Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones

Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of cartilage

Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of gums

Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin

Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of teeth

Vitamin C contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism

Vitamin C contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system

Vitamin C contributes to normal psychological function

Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system

Vitamin C contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress

Vitamin C contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

Vitamin C contributes to the regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E

Vitamin C increases iron absorption

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