Created from multiple sources rich in vitamin C, C-Flav includes antioxidant protection and enhances immune function. The formula helps support healthy collagen synthesis and connective tissue maintenance.
- Promotes Healthy Collagen Formation to Maintain Healthy Blood Vessels
- Supports Connective Tissues
- Maintains Normal Inflammatory Balance
- Boosts Immune System Function
While most mammals can synthesize vitamin C, humans lack the enzyme required to synthesize vitamin C from glucose and must obtain the vitamin from their diet. The primary function of vitamin C is to help manufacture collagen, the main structural protein of connective tissues in the human body. Still, vitamin C is crucial in variety of biological functions, particularly the immune system, skin, blood vessels, arteries and gums. It is an important antioxidant, providing protection from free radicals and the oxidative stress resulting from normal cellular function. In addition, vitamin C is important in brain health, where it supports neurotransmitter (brain chemical) synthesis, normal stress hormone production and serves as a cofactor for several metabolic enzymes, including hydroxylation reactions that are essential for collagen formation.
Bio-C is a formula that combines vitamin C with various bioflavonoids to mirror the way vitamin C is found in nature. It also supports normal levels of inflammation throughout the body. Bio-C provides 400 mg vitamin C, 100 mg acerola extract, 70 mg quercetin, 50 mg Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex, 50 mg hibiscus and 50 mg rutin in an easy-to-take capsule form.
1 capsule per day or as recommended by your health care professional.
While true deficiency in vitamin C is rare (the most severe form of deficiency is known as scurvy), evidence suggests that many people may have low levels of vitamin C, especially those under high amounts of stress and low dietary fruit and vegetable intake. Signs of deficiency include dry and splitting hair, bleeding gums, dry or scaly skin and easy bruising. Those taking NSAIDs, aluminum-based antacids, oral contraceptives, barbiturates, tetracycline and Coumadin are more susceptible to depletion of vitamin C.
Vitamin C has long been recognized for its role in supporting the immune system, specifically T cells, which absorb and concentrate vitamin C. Supplementation with vitamin C has also been shown to support immune response to seasonal challenges by supporting natural killer cells, lymphocyte proliferation, chemotaxis and delayed-type hypersensitivity.
Vitamin C plays a key role in maintaining normal inflammatory balance. Supplementation with vitamin C has been shown to support microbial balance in the gastric mucosa by promoting an environment where healthy microflora can thrive, increase tissue antioxidant status and enhance the absorption of key nutrients.
Bioflavonoids are a group of plant pigments that provide the colors of many fruits and flowers. Flavonoid intake is associated with cardiovascular health and microbial balance. Bioflavonoids are used to support connective tissue and joint comfort, as well as respiratory and eye health. Citrus bioflavonoids have also been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, impart neuroprotective effects and promote healthy cell growth, detoxification enzymes, vasodilation and healthy platelet function. It has also been shown to support epithelial barrier function in the intestines, to stabilize mast cells by releasing cytoprotective factors and to promote the balanced release of inflammatory mediators from mast cells. Rutin and hesperidin complex are strong antioxidants, which increase intracellular levels of vitamin C and offer similar benefits to quercetin.