Emer'gen-C

scem0

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Is this stuff healthy? Am I overdosing my body on Vitamin C by using these? Seems like too much of anything is a bad idea. They just seem very highly unnatural, and unnatural things tend to have unnatural side effects, which I'd like to avoid. I don't see anything that points to them being too bad by googling, but I don't see much discussion about the product itself anywhere.

For those who are unfamiliar with Emer'gen-C, they are vitamin packets which dissolve/fizz into water, creating a very decently tasting, 'healthy', vitamin-filled beverage:


Note: Vitamin levels vary according to flavor.

Am I the only one who is a little scared of these?

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iGary

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scem0 said:
Is this stuff healthy? Am I overdosing my body on Vitamin C by using these? Seems like too much of anything is a bad idea. They just seem very highly unnatural, and unnatural things tend to have unnatural side effects, which I'd like to avoid. I don't see anything that points to them being too bad by googling, but I don't see much discussion about the product itself anywhere.

For those who are unfamiliar with Emer'gen-C, they are vitamin packets which dissolve/fizz into water, creating a very decently tasting, 'healthy', vitamin-filled beverage:


Note: Vitamin levels vary according to flavor.

Am I the only one who is a little scared of these?

e
No - I take a couple a day, and I take 1,000mg of C in the morning and at night.

So that's about 4,000 mg a day. Not only helps with immune issues, but healing, tisue growth, etc.

C is water coluble, as is B.

A, E, D and others you need to watch out for.

Let the flaming on how vitamins are a waste begin. ;)
 

Blue Velvet

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You're peeing most of that away. Even the Russian space program advocates about a 20% to 30% increase of the recommended daily requirement of Vitamin C — about 60mg or so...

You'd be far better off eating nutritiously, getting fibre into your system. Fresh oranges, kiwifruit, blackcurrants, strawberries, tomatos... all rich in Vitamin C.
 

Chundles

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Yep, you're better off just eating fruit and healthy food. You body can't store excess Vit C - although too much will turn you a healthy shade of orange - and you just piss it out.

Just eat more fruit - tastes better too.
 

scem0

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Blue Velvet said:
You'd be far better off eating nutritiously, getting fibre into your system. Fresh oranges, kiwifruit, blackcurrants, strawberries, tomatos... all rich in Vitamin C.
yeah, that's my line of thinking. I try to eat healthy and have one of these a day, currently.

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floriflee

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Not to mention that you're more likely to better absorb vitamins that come naturally in foods than a lot of the vitamin supplements.
 

Queso

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Doesn't hurt. I have a Berocca a day, which is much the same thing.

The minerals help as much as the vitamins, especially the zinc which your body doesn't store naturally. However, you can get it all from a balanced diet so if you eat a lot of fruit and veg every day save your cash.
 

GoCubsGo

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scem0 said:
yeah, that's my line of thinking. I try to eat healthy and have one of these a day, currently.

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Actually that sounds like a good plan. If I could actually tolerate these things I'd take them too.