Vital C

Our incredible Vitamin C – it’s not just for colds

That’s because Vitamin C is so crucial to your health in so many ways.

It helps with ... strengthening and supporting your body’s immune system ... the detoxification process ... boosting cardiovascular health ... wound recovery ... and much, much more (read the revealing Product Details section below!).

All this is why you don’t want to trust your health to anything less than the best -- our Vital C crystal tablets and powder. They are superior for many reasons, such as:

  • The only Vitamin C that uses Dr. Libby’s original formulation
  • Maximum potency and absorption due to their six-sided crystalline structure PLUS the use of sodium ascorbate – the most absorbable form of Vitamin C
  • Fast action, easy to digest and gentle on the stomach (non-acidic/neutral pH)

Our two forms of Vital C also offer ‘round-the-clock protection – use the crystal powder for the day, and the time-release crystal tablets for the night.

But in any case, be sure you’re getting the most from your Vitamin C by getting the best: TriVita Vital C.


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Vitamin C – we can’t live without it!

There are three important reasons why we need to get Vitamin C – and get it every day.

First, Vitamin C is critical for many different and normal processes of the body, including for every cell. Studies show Vitamin C helps our bodies with everything from promoting heart health, strengthening the immune system and helping with repair of injuries to maintaining healthy joints, supporting vision, making collagen, and much more (read more).

Second, in today’s society, our bodies are under greater strain and pressure than ever. For example, there are more daily stressors of the mental, emotional and physical kind. Plus there are more toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat and even the things we touch or come in contact with. All of this means our bodies have to work harder, just to stay even. As a result, high levels of Vitamin C are often necessary to help shore up the body’s defense systems and help eliminate harmful toxins, which can lead to illness. (Read how Vitamin C crucially supports your heart and immune health)

And third, unlike the bodies of dogs, cats and other mammals that make their own Vitamin C internally, the bodies of humans cannot. That’s why we have to get this very crucial nutrient from outside of our selves.

For all these reasons, two-time Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Linus Pauling considered Vitamin C absolutely vital to good health. So much so that he wrote extensively about its vital importance in his book on living longer. And Dr. Alfred Libby, who was a long-time associate of Dr. Pauling, created a special crystallized form Vitamin C for TriVita. His form of Vitamin C maximized absorption and effectiveness. (Read more about the preeminent Dr. Libby)

We need to get Vitamin C – each day -- from outside sources
Although Vitamin C is so essential, the body cannot manufacture it. Nor can the body store it. In fact, excess Vitamin C is flushed out by the body as a normal process. This means two things: The human body must get this vitamin from outside sources, and it must get a new supply every day.

We can even benefit from taking Vitamin C more than once a day. That’s because, by evening, our bodies’ supplies of it are often running low. This can potentially contribute to serious health problems. According to research, many heart attacks happen during the early morning hours when Vitamin C levels are at their lowest.

One way to get Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is through diet, from fresh fruits and vegetables. But the problem here is that most of us cannot achieve the optimum levels of Vitamin C needed for good health by diet alone. Instead, to achieve our optimum level of wellness, most of us need to take Vitamin C in the form of supplements every day.

Plus, in addition to daily use, you can also periodically use The Vital C Flush to help detoxify your lymphatic system and help boost your immune system. (Read about The Vital C Flush)
For superior health, choose our superior Vital C

Vitamin C is so essential for our health. But for maximum results, you need the best Vitamin C. And that’s available to you now through our Dr. Libby formulated Vital C supplement. It’s designed to keep you in greater health in so many vital ways, including:

  • Immunity Fortification – it helps build your body’s defenses by:
    ... Supporting the immune system
    ... Neutralizing free radicals
    ... Protecting vitamins and other nutrients from oxidation
  • Vital Detoxification – it helps detoxify your body of harmful toxins such as... alcohol... smoke... and other chemical toxins from today’s polluted world
  • Cardiovascular Strength – it helps your body’s by assisting with:
    ... The building of collagen (read more about astonishing collagen)
    ... Increasing elasticity in the heart and arteries
  • Antioxidant Protection – it works in two powerful ways, first by helping your body make glutathione – the “mother” of all antioxidants; and second by refreshing and extending the lifespan of other antioxidants such as Vitamins A and E.
  • Energy Boost – it helps increase your body’s energy production by bolstering cellular integrity
  • And More – our Vital C helps your body to ... promote anti-aging ... speed wound recovery ... facilitate body repair ... support bone health ... reduce inflammation ... and even minimize nerve pain.

In addition, you’ll also benefit from our Vital C’s higher quality formulation which features:

  • Maximum Absorption for Quicker Results – due to both its crystalline cell structure and its sodium ascorbate ingredient, the optimal type of Vitamin C for absorption (Read more about its crystalline cell structure)
  • Greater Potency for Stronger Health Support – each Vital C Tablet has 1,000 mg of Vitamin C and each serving of Vital C Powder has 4,000 mg
  • A Body-friendly Gentleness – its non-acidic formulation will not upset the stomach or its pH balance
  • Stringent Quality Standards – it’s a pharmaceutical-grade Vitamin C that is scientifically formulated and physician approved

For the greatest health benefit, keep both Powder and Tablets on hand– you can use them ‘round the clock for 24 hour protection

Crystal Powder in the Morning
Dr. Libby’s Vital C Powdered Crystals are perfect in the morning after you wake up. They provide a strong defense against free radicals and other invaders throughout your day.

Time-Release Tablets in the Evening
Dr. Libby’s Vital C Time-Release Crystal Tablets provide a slow, all night release of antioxidants to help your body protect your heart in those early morning hours when heart attacks are most common. (Learn more)

And to make it even easier for you to keep both the Vital C tablets and powder on hand, you can order them together and even receive special bundle savings.

Strengthen your overall wellness with the best Vitamin C – TriVita Vital C

Our Vital C is the result of decades of dedicated scientific research by Dr. Alfred Libby. His exclusive formula gives you the best potency with the least stomach upset and is only available at TriVita. Order yours today.

Vitamin C – daily use is absolutely essential for your good health

It’s Crucial for Your Immune System Health
Did you know that the bodies of primates (humans, apes, monkeys, etc.) cannot make their own Vitamin C – but that the bodies of dogs, cats and other mammals can?

Two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling thought this was one of the most unfortunate things for humans. And from his extensive research, Dr. Pauling also emphasized that Vitamin C was crucial to the maintenance of a healthy immune system. In 1970, he proposed that regular doses of Vitamin C, in amounts much higher than the RDA’s amount, could help protect against and shorten the duration of the common cold.

Recent medical research confirms Dr. Pauling’s contention. A high Vitamin C intake not only markedly helps to reduce a cold’s severity, it also effectively protects against infections in your body. (Source: Vitamin C: Your Ultimate Health Insurance, by Hans R. Larsen, MSc ChE.)

It’s Crucial for Your Heart Health
In the early 1990s, several large population studies showed a reduction in cardiovascular disease in those who consumed Vitamin C. The most significant report came from UCLA in 1992, where it was announced that men who took 800 mg a day of Vitamin C lived six years longer than those who consumed the FDA's recommended daily allowance of 60 mg a day. The study, which evaluated 11,348 participants over a ten year period of time, showed that high Vitamin C intake extended average life span and reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease by 42%. This study was published in the journal Epidemiology (1992; 3:3, pp 194-202).

Separately, Thomas Levy, MD, JD, Cardiologist has said this:
“The lower your Vitamin C blood and tissue levels go, the greater your chances of developing significant heart disease."

The Vital C Flush*... help boost your immune system with it

Over time, your body collects toxins, or poisons, that can damage your health. They collect in your lymphatic system and this can affect your body’s ability to repair itself.

The lymphatic or “lymph” system is an important part of the immune system. It’s made up of vessels, organs, nodes and ducts that help maintain fluid balance in your body. Plus, the lymph system makes, stores and carries white blood cells throughout your body.

Toxins can pile up in your lymph nodes. Two-thirds of your immune system resides in these lymph nodes. If they are full of toxins, your body will not respond correctly to new stresses. Also, allergies and autoimmune diseases can start with these nodes when they are full of waste. Our “Vital C Flush” can help your body get rid of this waste.

The Vital C Flush can help stimulate your lymphatic system and help you calculate the maximum amount of Vitamin C that your body can use every day.

Because Vitamin C is water soluble, it must be taken every day. It is an important antioxidant that helps protect cells against damage caused by free radicals (unstable atoms or molecules). It also supports the body’s immune system and plays a role in healthy gums, skin, vision and connective tissue. Here’s how the flush works:

  1. Start your flush in the morning on an empty stomach; set aside at least 4 hours. It will not take that long but you want to have that time to comfortably recover from the flush.
  2. Take 1 teaspoon of TriVita Vital C Crystals in 4 or more ounces of water every 15 minutes until the lymph system "flushes."

    Important note: Some people report loose stools or even diarrhea with large amounts of Vitamin C. The lymph flush is not to be confused with diarrhea. Lymph fluid is plasma – mostly water. You will know your lymph system has flushed when you release large amounts of fluid through your bowels. This is the point where your body can no longer absorb Vitamin C.

  3. Multiply the number of teaspoons of Vital C it took to flush by 0.75. This is the maximum number of teaspoons you can use in a day.
    • Example: 8 teaspoons to flush x 0.75 = 6
    • Take no more than 6 teaspoons of Vital C per day
  4. Divide the number of daily teaspoons by 3; this will be your serving in the morning, midday and evening. Example:
    • Maximum of 6 teaspoons
    • 6 ÷ 3 = 2 teaspoons
      • 2 teaspoons in the morning
      • 2 teaspoons at midday
      • 2 teaspoons in the evening
  5. Finish the bottle of Vital C at this reduced serving. You may continue taking this amount daily for several months if desired.
The average person can flush 1-4 times per year. In time, and after several flushes, you may see that your daily Vital C needs go down to what may be considered a more normal serving – one or two teaspoons, twice a day.

*Please check with your healthcare provider before starting the Vital C Flush.

The six-sided crystalline cell ... it’s what makes our Vital C better!

The crystalline cells in Vital C are one of the primary advantages compared to other Vitamin C supplements, which typically use finely-ground granules instead. That’s because the six-sided, crystalline cell structure provides much more surface area than finely-ground granulated cells. This in turn allows for more thorough and complete nutrient absorption by the body, before the supplement is eliminated.

In other words, the crystalline form of Vitamin C releases more of the full potency of the nutrient into your body compared to other forms, even the finely-ground granulated form.

Both of TriVita’s Vital C supplements use the crystalline cell form of Vitamin C. In our Crystals product, the crystalline cells come in a loose, powdered form. While in our Time-Release Tablets, the crystalline cells come in a compressed tablet form.

For superior Vitamin C potency, your body is better served with crystalline cells (in either the loose or tablet form) versus the finely-ground, granular form.

For the greatest health benefit, keep both the Powder and Tablets on hand

The benefit of our Crystal Powder – it releases the Vitamin C in a surge, all at once. So it’s perfect in the morning to give your body a powerful flood of Vitamin C to help it get started right each day. Plus, the powder is also perfect when you want a high level dose of Vitamin C, either for a periodic flush of your lymphatic system, or when you feel a cold coming on.

The benefit of our Crystal Tablets – they release the Vitamin C in a stream, over time. This makes them the perfect choice in the evening, before going to sleep, as the Vitamin C helps protect your heart in those early morning hours when heart attacks are most common. Specifically, the risk of heart attack is 40 percent higher in the early morning compared to any other time of day. (Elliott WJ. Cyclic and circadian variations in cardiovascular events. Am J Hypertens. 2001;14:291-295.) Also consider these startling findings:

  • Statistics indicate most heart attacks happen in the early morning. Dr. Arthur Halle (cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis) explains: "In the early morning, there is a surge of chemicals, adrenaline-like substances ... that may provoke a heart attack. And you will therefore find that many people will have heart attacks in their sleep. And that will typically happen in the early morning hours, and I mean by that, five or six in the morning."
  • In addition, studies have shown that higher levels of Vitamin C in the bloodstream had blood vessels with a significantly improved ability to relax and avoid dangerous constriction, which can lead to heart attack (source: research and three reports funded by the National Institutes of Health).

And to make it even better for you to keep both the Vital C tablets and powder on hand, when you order them together, you’ll receive special bundle savings.

Amazing Collagen – it’s more than just about skin!

Vitamin C actively helps your body produce collagen, which is a type of protein, fibrous in nature and possessing great tensile strength. There are more than 25 types of collagens that naturally occur in the body, and together, they make up about 25% of your body’s total proteins. Often thought about when thinking of skin, collagen actually plays a much bigger role in your total health. Collagen:

  • Connects and supports most other bodily tissues
  • Gives structure to cells from the outside
  • Is the main component of fascia, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone and skin
  • Supports the internal organs and is present even in teeth
  • Strengthens blood vessels
  • Helps with tissue development
  • Is present in crystalline form in the cornea and lens of the eye
  • Plays a major role in skin strength and elasticity, and its degradation leads to wrinkles that accompany aging
  • Used in cosmetic surgery and burns surgery

Some people refer to collagen as the glue that holds the body together. Without it, the body would, quite literally, fall apart.

Don’t let your body or health fall apart – give them the vital support they need with Vital C.

The incredible Vital C

Its Vitamin C ingredient supports your total health in so many vital ways

Too many people think of Vitamin C only when they think of colds. But Vitamin C is not just for colds, it’s for almost everything! Here are some of the many ways how Vitamin C supports the healthy functioning of your body:

  • Bones – all of the minerals in your bones require Vitamin C to turn them from lifeless rocks into health-building minerals
  • Blood – it needs Vitamin C to convert iron into hemoglobin
  • Thyroid Gland – it needs Vitamin C to convert copper into thyroid enzymes that carry protein
  • Detoxification – Vitamin C helps your body rid itself of harmful toxins and pollutants, which are so plentiful in today’s world
  • Cardiovascular Health – by promoting the building of collagen, which increases elasticity in the heart and arteries, Vitamin C helps your body maintain heart and blood vessel health
  • Damage Recovery – Vitamin C speeds wound recovery, facilitates body repair, including damage caused by excessive homocysteine levels
  • Anti-aging – by neutralizing free radicals, mobilizing white blood cells and protecting vitamins and other nutrients from oxidation, Vitamin C fights aging
  • Inflammation – Vitamin C helps your body reduce its inflammation
  • Nerves – Vitamin C also helps your body minimize its nerve pain
  • Collagen Production – All of the collagen in your skin, gums and the rest of your body requires Vitamin C to convert dead protein from your diet into living tissue.
  • Immune System – Vitamin C activates a certain kind of immune cell called a lymphocyte, which has the ability to go anywhere in your body to fight illness. Your thymus gland also uses Vitamin C to program lymphocytes to search out specific targets and destroy them.
  • Energy – by strengthening your body’s cellular integrity, Vitamin C boosts your body’s overall energy production
  • Antioxidant Protection – Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which your body uses it to make glutathione – the “mother” of all antioxidants. Furthermore, all other antioxidants can be refreshed by Vitamin C. Important antioxidants like Vitamins A and E can have their lifespan extended by Vitamin C. Antioxidants protect you from premature aging.

For optimal wellness, you need an optimal supplement – order our Vital C today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Vital C tablets and powder?

    Both products use Dr. Libby’s original formulation - sodium ascorbate C that is optimal for absorption, non-acidic and has a neutral pH. The difference is in the form, serving size, release mechanism and method of consumption.

    1. Form – One is powder, the other tablets.
    2. Serving size – Each Vital C tablet gives you a fixed serving size of 1000 mg of Vitamin C. In contrast, the powder has a single serving size of 4000 mg of Vitamin C, but you can easily take a half or quarter portion (and thereby get 2000 or 1000 mg of Vitamin C, respectively).
    3. Release mechanism – The tablets contain a time-release formulation that gradually delivers Vitamin C into your bloodstream, giving you extended protection over time. The powder dissolves immediately and transports Vitamin C to your bloodstream faster.
    4. Method of consumption – Tablets are swallowed; the powder can be mixed with the drink of your choice.

  • What are the primary benefits of TriVita Vital C?

    TriVita Vital C helps to:

    • Build your body’s defenses by supporting the immune system, neutralize free radicals, mobilize white blood cells and protect vitamins and other nutrients from oxidation
    • Detoxify your body of harmful toxins such as alcohol, smoke and other chemical pollutants
    • Strengthen your body’s cardiovascular health by helping build collagen, increasing elasticity in the heart and arteries
    • Boost your body’s energy production by strengthening cellular integrity
    • Promote healthy aging, including vital skin
    • Speed wound recovery, facilitate body repair, reduce inflammation and minimize nerve pain
    • Deliver maximum absorption and potency through its crystalline structure

  • Vitamin C is something I take when I get a cold. Why do I need to take it every day?

    Your body does not make Vitamin C (it has to come from outside sources), yet it is so crucial to so many of your body’s processes. Besides being used by every cell in your body, sufficient Vitamin C is necessary for cardiovascular health, a strong immune system, injury repair and recovery, strong joints, healthy vision, vital skin, collagen production, iron absorption and dental health. It is an antioxidant that can fight free radicals as well as other toxins and pollutants like cigarette smoke. Vitamin C is fundamental to good health, and since you have to get it from an outside source, you should get the best type, like TriVita Vital C. It provides Vitamin C in a high quality, highly absorbable, non-irritating formula.

  • Why do I need a Vitamin C supplement? Isn’t it something my body makes naturally or something I can get from fruits and vegetables?

    Vitamin C is not produced by or stored in the human body like it is in the bodies of many other mammals. In addition, the human body eliminates excess amounts of Vitamin C so it is important to continually replenish that supply and maintain healthy levels.

    Optimally, it would be great to get all of your necessary Vitamin C from your diet. But your diet would have to be very healthy, with 8-9 servings of fruit and vegetables each day to even ingest 500 mg of Vitamin C. An example of a daily diet necessary to attain 500 mg of Vitamin C would include all of the following:

    • 1 cup of orange juice
    • 1 cup of cantaloupe
    • 1 cup of broccoli, cooked
    • 1/2 cup of red cabbage
    • 1/2 cup of green pepper
    • 1/2 cup of red pepper
    • 1 medium kiwi
    • 1 cup of tomato juice

    So while it’s important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet full of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, for so many people, this doesn’t happen. That’s where supplements can fill in the nutritional gaps.

  • How is TriVita Vital C different than the Vitamin C supplements are available everywhere?

    In order for Vitamin C to give you the best benefits, it must be of the highest quality. No other Vitamin C supplement can match all of our superior features, which include:

    • Dr. Libby’s original formulation
    • Pharmaceutical-grade quality that is scientifically formulated and physician approved and is stringently tested for quality, purity and effectiveness
    • The optimal C for maximum absorbability – plus a crystalline structure that further improves absorption
    • A non-acidic, neutral pH formula that’s gentle on your stomach and body

  • Why is it important that Vital C is non-acidic?

    When Vitamin C is non-acidic, it’s effective for even persons with sensitive stomachs, other digestive issues or chronic illnesses. It is non-irritating and will not cause the discomfort or distress that other acidic forms of Vitamin C might. Also, acidic tissues can be bad for your health so an added benefit is that Vital C actually reduces acid.

  • What is the benefit of Vital C’s time release formula?

    Vital C’s time release formula gives you additional protection over time, especially while you sleep. Statistics show that most heart attacks happen in the early morning hours because there is a surge of chemicals, adrenaline-like substances that can lead to a heart event. Specifically, the risk of heart attack is 40% higher in the early morning compared to any other time of day.* Other studies show that people who regularly take Vitamin C live longer and have fewer cardiovascular issues than those who do not. Vital C time-release tablets are specially formulated with 1000 mg of Vitamin C for a slow release of antioxidants to help your body protect your heart all through the day and while you sleep.

    *Elliott WJ. Cyclic and circadian variations in cardiovascular events. Am J Hypertens. 2001;14:291-295

  • How much Vital C should I take and when?

    Vital C Powder: Adults and children over the age of 10 should take 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of powder daily. Stir into a minimum of 4 oz of water, fruit juice or beverage of choice. It’s best to take it in the mornings, with or without meals.

    Vital C Tablets: Adults and children over the age of 10 should take 1-2 tablets daily, with or without meals. For maximum heart protection, it’s best to take the tablets in the evenings.

  • Why do you suggest taking Vital C Tablets in the evening?

    Studies show that most heart attacks happen in the early morning hours due to a surge of adrenaline-like chemicals that can trigger an event. Extensive research also shows that regular Vitamin C consumption benefits overall cardiovascular health and protects against the constriction of blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack. By taking a Vital C tablet before you go to bed, they provide a slow, all night release of antioxidants to help your body protect your heart in those early morning hours when heart attacks are most common.