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Immunity community: Vitamin C

At Cambridge Commodities we have always recognised the vital importance of nutrition in staying happy and healthy. As part of an ongoing mission to improve wellbeing worldwide by providing our community with quality expertise, our new ‘Immunity community’ blog series has been positioned to provide our customers with insights into the role immunity ingredients play in promoting immune health in their products; this week we’ll be providing an overview of Vitamin C.

What to know about Vitamin C

If you’ve heard of immune health, then you’ve most likely heard of Vitamin C and its approved claims for protecting cells against oxidative stress and supporting the immune system. Several of the cells that have an active role in the immune system require Vitamin C to perform their functions, and studies have shown that deficiency in Vitamin C has been associated with reduced resistance to certain pathogens. Vitamin C further aids in the bodily absorption of iron, a mineral that contributes to the maintenance of the immune system and it remains an ideal addition to any product seeking to make approved nutritional claims for their immunity label.

What to know about Cambridge Commodities

We stock a range of Vitamin C ingredients exclusively produced to meet known market requirements. 

For example, we make the shelf life of our products a key priority during the manufacturing process, which is especially important since Vitamin C can be prone to degradation when exposed to elements like oxygen, heat and light. Being able to invest in Vitamin C blends manufactured with input levels that ensure associated label claims are maintained throughout shelf life can provide a strong initial unique selling point for your product that is an inclusive element of our quality expertise and customer service. 

L-Ascorbic Acid is the most common form of Vitamin C and is known for its water solubility. Used as either a nutrient (Vitamin C) or an additive (Antioxidant), two types of L-Ascorbic Acid can be found in our range: a pure L-Ascorbic Acid and a directly compressible (DC) variant which is granulated for tablet applications.

In addition to L-Ascorbic Acid, we also stock Calcium Ascorbate and Sodium Ascorbate, which are the Calcium and Sodium Salt of Ascorbic Acid respectively. These salts also come in both regular and DC grade variants to suit different formats and might be a beneficial component of any product that requires the nutritional benefits of Vitamin C without the potential gastrointestinal side effects certain consumers suffer when taking other forms of the ingredient. This ensures that your product line will potentially benefit from a level of versatility that caters to more diverse market segments.

For the cosmetic industry, Ascorbyl Palmitate is marketed as “Vitamin C ester” due to its ester formation from Ascorbic and Palmitic Acid. A fat-soluble form of Vitamin C that can also be used as an antioxidant in food, it offers a unique solution for supplementing Vitamin C into creams, lotions and other skincare products.

Special solutions: Camu Camu powder, Acerola extract and softgels

For a unique solution to your product innovation, our Camu Camu Powder (P14409) provides one of the highest naturally occurring concentrations of Vitamin C found in fruit and vegetables. It is also made entirely of fruit flesh, enhancing its innate taste to make it an ideal addition to food products seeking a clean label Vitamin C ingredient. Our Camu Camu Powder is also processed to improve the organoleptics of the finished product, with the pips of the fruit being removed entirely by hand. This has a positive effect on taste which enhances its viability as a food or beverage ingredient, and the low temperature drying process used in production helps to preserve the natural nutrients of the fruit for an equally impressive nutritional profile. For products that don’t factor in taste such as natural cosmetics, our Acerola extract has a similar profile to Camu Camu with the distinction of being buffered, offering a distinct alternative to suit your product’s specific needs.

Our specialised immunity softgel containing Vitamin C is distinct from our other special solutions in that it’s a blend of vitamins that contribute to the maintenance of the normal immune system. Known as the Vit A, D3, E, C & K2 (P19124) softgel, its composite nature allows it to meet multiple additional immune health claims from three sources; Vitamin A, Vitamin D3 and, of course, Vitamin C. With a natural source of K2, this compact softgel is an extremely multifaceted immunity formulation that can also be marketed to consumers who suffer from dysphagia or otherwise struggle to swallow larger capsules. For your immunity product, the Vit A, D3, E, C & K2 softgel can not only provide a Vitamin C solution but also compartmentalise your consumers’ daily multivitamin intake to maximise their efficiency and drive your sales. 

For more information on how to procure our special solutions or any of our Vitamin C ingredients for your product, you can contact our team today.

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