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Can Vitamin C Upset Your Stomach?

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Vitamin C is well known for providing many benefits, including shortening the duration of a cold, boosting the immune system and supporting the natural production of collagen.  But yes, taking high doses of traditional vitamin C – pills, powders, and capsules – can upset your stomach and then some…

Here’s why:

Most traditional vitamin C supplements contain straight ascorbic acid.  Ascorbic acid is recognized as the primary force behind the power of vitamin C, but it is an acid.  A moderate amount of acid in the gastric system helps to digest food and kill bacteria, but too much acid leads to heartburn, bloating, belching, and flatulence.

High quality vitamin C supplements use gentler, less-acidic types of vitamin C to help prevent this gastric upset.  These supplements typically include sodium ascorbate, ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids, ascorbyl palmitate, calcium ascorbate, or mineral forms of ascorbate.

The type of vitamin C you take, however, is only one part of the issue.  Because no matter what type of vitamin C you ingest, it’s primarily absorbed through an active transport system (unless it’s encapsulated in liposomes, but we’ll get to that later).

Active transport of vitamin C relies on sodium-dependent vitamin C co-transporters (SVCTs) to carry each vitamin C molecule through special doorways into the bloodstream, cell or tissue.  SVCTs can only carry one molecule of vitamin C through one door at a time.

This system works efficiently for a healthy person taking small doses of vitamin C, but when you take high doses of vitamin C, the absorption is severely restricted by the number of SVCTs and the number of open doors. If there aren’t enough SVCTs to carry all of the vitamin C into the blood, or all of the doors are closed, the vitamin C that was not absorbed is forced to exit the body.

This forced exit occurs because the most common forms of vitamin C are water soluble – meaning the vitamin C dissolves in water, and cannot be stored by the body for later use.  So when a large dose of water soluble vitamin C is taken and there are not enough SVCTs or open doors, all of the unabsorbed vitamin C is sent to the colon. Water is then drawn into the colon in order to dilute and excrete the vitamin C.  Then… straight to the bathroom.

Unless you are looking for a good cleanse, there are two ways to prevent these unpleasant experiences when taking high doses of vitamin C:

  • Take single doses of <500 mg of sodium ascorbate, several times a day.  Sodium ascorbate is recommended most by vitamin C experts, and it is commonly used in high dose intravenous (IV) infusions.
  • Take vitamin C encapsulated in liposomes.  Liposomes are tiny spheres that form a protective membrane around the vitamin C.  This prevents the vitamin C from being destroyed in the digestive system, while promoting delivery directly into the bloodstream and cells.  And because liposomes do not use the body’s active transport system, you can take high doses of liposomal vitamin C without worrying about where to find the nearest bathroom.


  • Li, Y. and Schellhorn, E. 2007. New developments and novel therapeutic perspectives for vitamin C. Journal of Nutrition. 137: 2171-2184
  • Hickey S., Roberts H, Miller N, (2008), “Pharmacokinetics of oral vitamin C” Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine July 31.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Beware of Fake Supplements

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In their column, “Health Advice”, Drs. Oz and Roizen, recently discussed “Supplemental Phonies.” The Doctors referenced a study that looked at 44 herbal products, 30 species of herbs and 50 leaf samples. The study concluded that:

  • 59% of the products contained material from plants NOT listed on the label.
  • Just 48% contained what they claimed as the active ingredient.
  • Of the 12 companies researched, only two delivered what they promised on the label without any substitutions.

Study Conclusion

The study used DNA barcoding to conduct a blind test of the authenticity for 44 herbal products representing 12 companies. Their findings were shocking.

“Most of the herbal products tested were of poor quality, including considerable product substitution, contamination and use of fillers. These activities dilute the effectiveness of otherwise useful remedies, lowering the perceived value of all related products because of a lack of consumer confidence in them. We suggest that the herbal industry should embrace DNA barcoding for authenticating herbal products through testing of raw materials used in manufacturing products. The use of an SRM DNA herbal barcode library for testing bulk materials could provide a method for ‘best practices’ in the manufacturing of herbal products. This would provide consumers with safe, high quality herbal products.”

See the abstract of the study

Our Promise to You

As a loyal LivOn Labs’ customer, you can rest assured that all of our high performance dietary supplements meet or exceed industry standards. If an ingredient is printed on our cartons; we guarantee that the unadulterated ingredient is included in the supplement. Furthermore, each and every batch of Lypo-Spheric™ supplements undergoes rigorous laboratory testing before it is ever released to you!

LivOn Labs works hard to ensure our products meet our strict requirements. Our products are all non-GMO, dairy free, vegan, animal cruelty free, sugar free and free of artificial flavoring. We are the supplement of choice for those concerned about their health

Beware of fake supplements!

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Thank you for the Many Wonderful Testimonials!

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Over the last ten years, LivOn Labs has been gratified to hear about your
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Best Vitamin for Bodybuilding by Rafael Norat, Professional Bodybuilder

In order to exceed the normal capacity in any endeavor, hard work and dedication is required. With the constant pulling and grabbing of today’s fast-paced society, such endeavors become even harder to tackle and accomplish. I’ve been blessed to be able to pursue bodybuilding over the course of 10 years or so. Within such timeframes are changes in life involving greater responsibilities that must be addressed as you pursue your goals. In order to protect my well-being and give me the strength to carry on, I rely upon well proven, efficient supplements which help maximize my capabilities and minimize my time-on-the-shelf so to speak!

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I’ve been lucky to be part of the LivOn Labs team for a couple of years now and have enjoyed all their products! Vitamin C has without a doubt helped me recuperate faster and re-balance myself every day. On top of that, I can say that I haven’t missed a day of training since I started using the product! AGE Blocker has helped me tremendously in the off-season in controlling my blood sugar level and minimizing fat gains, as I increase my calories to absorb the higher level of training volume. On the same note, GSH has served as a powerful antioxidant by keeping me upright and in the gym steadily by reducing muscle soreness and recovery times. Together, these products have working synergistically to push my training to new heights while keeping up with today’s ever-increasing responsibilities.

Rafael Norat

Man Plans God Laughs

Dr. William Thornton enrolled at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in 1975. Thirty-eight years later he received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine.

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Obviously, Dr. Thornton’s education took a long and windy road before he finally graduated in 2012. Ironically, just three months before graduation, his health caused yet another detour. As Dr. Thornton says, “Man Plans God Laughs.”

In describing his educational journey in his essay, “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” Dr. Thornton relates:

… a sudden onset of bacteremia and endocarditis put me in the hospital, threatening to take me permanently out of school and out of life. As my very competent physicians ….puzzled over the cause of the infection, they administered massive amounts of IV antibiotics. In between hospitalizations, there were high doses of IV  vitamin C (sodium ascorabete) … which I credit from keeping me from sepsis. The infection was eventually narrowed down to a root canal tooth gone bad. I believe the IV-C saved my life, in conjunction with the fine work of my MD physicians….


Ironically, the efficacy of IV-C and the work of Thomas Levy, MD, JD, sparked my interest in wanting to provide this service for patients with infections, and they are part of the original motivation that brought me back to NCNM.

Today Dr. Thornton is a licensed naturopathic and chiropractic physician and retirement is not part of his vernacular.

While this is a very unusual story, unfortunately Dr. Thornton’s illness is not. Connecting the Dots Between vitamin C and Root Canal-Treated Teeth
For those who doubt the connection between Root Canals, Disease and Supplements like vitamin C, we recommend an article by Dr. Thomas E. Levy, “Root Canals are a Primary Cause of Chronic Disease.” This article, which can be found on Dr. Levy’s website,, notes that

Root canal-treated teeth can be the primary cause of chronic disease, and they can always be expected to worsen pre-existing chronic disease. As all disease eventually boils down to selected areas, tissues, and organ systems of the body having chronically increased oxidative stress, the pro-oxidant toxins of root canals promote all diseases at the cellular level. If you have one or more root canals, or if you are planning on getting one, ingest a broad spectrum of quality antioxidant supplements on a regular basis if extraction and cleaning of the socket(s) are not possibilities for you.

For those seeking more information on root canals and disease, many articles and books have been written on this subject including The Roots of Disease. Connecting Dentistry and Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Corporation.

Timed (sustained) Release Vitamin

With rare exceptions, the human being, primates and the guinea pig are the only animals that don’t make vitamin C in their liver all day. We humans must depend on certain foods or supplements to get an adequate supply of vitamin C and it is, therefore, spotty at best. Vitamin C is water soluble and doesn’t stay in our system very long; the body uses what it needs and discards the rest. Most of each day (and all night) we are deficient!

A severe deficiency leads to death; remember the early sailors that went months with no C at all. British doctor Lind surmised that lack of vitamin C was the problem. Limes were required on board the ships and scurvy disappeared. To this day, British sailors are called Limees.

Matthias Rath, M.D. surmised that without a 24 hour constant level of vitamin C in our bodies we will all suffer some mild degree of scurvy. Scurvy causes one to bleed-to-death from the “inside.” High pressure arteries, especially the coronary arteries, begin to leak and our wonderful built-in repair system puts a Band-Aid on the tiny leak. The Band-Aid is made of cholesterol and calcium and is called plaque. As plaque builds up over the years, it begins to clog and narrow our arteries and we call it Heart Disease, the number one killer.

Why-people-get-heart-attacks“Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks, but People Do,” by Dr Rath, was written in 2003 and explains in scientific terms just how this happens; especially see pages 68–69. In this age of gene manipulation, scientists were able to turn off the gene (GLO) that makes vitamin C in the liver of a mouse. The mouse began to develop scurvy and its cholesterol skyrocketed. High cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, but the consequence! The conclusion is: take a timed-release vitamin C every day.

My own personal testimony is appropriate at this point. Thirty five years ago I suffered with several colds, soar throats and flu every fall and winter. So, I attended a Prevention Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia put on by doctors for doctors. My father was a doctor. The lecture that changed my life (health) was presented by Emanual Cheraskin, M.D. and (you guessed it) he proved, with the use of a then newly perfected electron microscope, that timed release vitamin C will greatly boost ones immune system. I haven’t had a cold or flu since.

As an unexpected bonus, during the 35 years, my arteries have been scurvy free and I should have no plaque (heart disease)? You guessed it; I had a Coronary Calcium Scan (plaque scan) last June and got a perfect score of ZERO – no plaque, zilch, nada …

My doctor ridicules me. He won’t read a book by Doctor Rath or Doctor Levy or Doctor Cheraskin, but he will listen to a pharmaceutical salesman all day. So, I read him the famous quote from Arthur Schopenhauer, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” I’m just a country boy going through life, but I’m already in stage three – I’m living proof!

Thanks to Marshall Keen for providing this article.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How Do You Use Your C?

Last month we asked, “How Do You Use Your C?” The answers were gratifying!

One of our long-time users of Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C successfully helped moles on her skin.*

Another valued customer sings the praises of LivOn’s C because he attests that it supported the reduction of his tumors.* Next birthday he celebrates 80 years and is still mowing his own lawn!

Clearing some debris without gloves, his wife was bitten by a “Black Widow” spider. You guessed it; Vitamin C saved the day!*

An Athens, Georgia CPA almost lost a beloved pet in October 2012. Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C helped when the vet couldn’t. Two months ago this 16 year old had sneezing fits. Today, a daily dose of LivOn Labs’ vitamin C makes her a happy cat!

A loyal customer used LivOn’s Vitamin C to help reduce internal scar tissue. “Now it’s gone for good. Awesome stuff.”

Thanks to all of you who shared your “Vitamin C” experiences. Our top five winners who shared the tips above will all receive a $10 Gift Certificate for the LivOn Lypo-Spheric products of their choice.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Dear Les Nachman from a Champion Dog Breeder

A few weeks ago, I received the advertising about Vitamin C, more specifically Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C. The information was so interesting I immediately ordered two boxes and started using it. I have been taking Vitamin C for 30-40 years and I am a true believer in ‘C’ for myself and for my dogs… I have also taken Intravenous ‘C’ and of course find it excellent, but also very time consuming and inconvenient to take time out to go to a doctor’s office.

Your new solution of Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C was indeed very interesting. I found quick results, proving to me it truly works as You claim.  I am 68 years old and like many older people I would get bleeding under the skin, which of course is quite visible on your hands and comes with dark patches. I know this was a weakness in the collagen of the blood vessels, but my regular Vitamin C intake of 1,000 mg daily did not prevent it. Within a week your ‘C’ worked on my hands and all the dark patches under my skin disappeared. For someone interested in nutrition this was truly impressive proving that Vitamin C gets into the bloodstream where it is needed.

I am a dog breeder, one of the top breeders of Schnauzers. We feed all our dogs raw meaty bones and insist on it when we sell our pups.  We also want our dogs to get Vitamin C and Vitamin E daily as well as a multiple vitamin. I’m always looking to improve my nutrition recommendations. A happy puppy buyer is of course a repeat customer.

Sylvia Hammarstrom
Sebastopol, CA

*LivOn Labs cannot recommend our products for dogs however we are glad Sylvia and other pet owners are happy with our products.

A Man And His Car

les nachman“Get your affairs in order”, was the cardiologist’s advice. That was eleven years ago. Today with a healthy heart, Les is enjoying the ride of his life in his bright red Corvette!

For several years, Les and his wife Cindy, founders of LivOn Labs, searched for a treatment that would not only prolong Les’ life, but also improve his damaged heart. Then they discovered the power of large doses of vitamin C via intravenous injection (IV). Unfortunately, this treatment was time-consuming, uncomfortable, and expensive. There had to be a better way to administer the vitamin C. That’s when they began the search for a way to get IV vitamin C results from an oral supplement. Ultimately, they learned about liposome encapsulation technology (LET).

Two years later, LivOn Labs developed Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C utilizing LET. Today, this nutritional supplement is the most bioavailable, most effective oral vitamin C available anywhere.

From the day LivOn launched their flagship product, Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C, people began to experience its power. Now more than a million people worldwide benefit from this supplement.

As Les drives his shiny red ‘Vette to work everyday he focuses on just one thing: sharing the power of Lypo-Spheric products with everyone. Les and Cindy truly believe that LivOn’s Lypo-Spheric products belong in every household!

Order today. Free shipping when you order online at Or call toll free 1.866.790.2107.

A Farmer, A Body Builder and A Prize Winning Cocker Spaniel

What could a New Zealand Farmer, a Body Builder and a Cocker Spaniel named Maggie all have in common? Vitamin C is the common denominator. Of course this is a special Vitamin C… Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C based on a unique delivery system which ensures that this vitamin C nutritional supplement goes into your cells where it can do the most good.

You might be wondering why the Farmer, the Body Builder and the Cocker Spaniel all needed this vitamin C nutritional supplement.

Allan Smith, the New Zealand Farmer, contracted Swine Flu and a host of other life-threatening diseases. As a last resort, his family compelled the hospital to administer Intravenous Vitamin C. As Allan’s health improved, he turned to LivOn Labs’ Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C to help maintain his health.

Rafael Norat, a bodybuilding competitor, relies on all three LivOn products, Lypo-SphericTM Vitamin C, Lypo-SphericTM AGE BlockerTM and Lypo-SphericTM GSH, to ensure a winning performance. His 70+ mother uses the same products to keep herself fit and active.

Maggie, aka “Devil Dog”, takes one packet of LivOn Labs’ Lypo-Spheric C daily. Although our products are formulated for humans, Maggie’s performance recently in the agility course led her to win nine ribbons over a three day period!

If LivOn Labs’ high performance nutritional supplements can help such a diverse group, think what it can do for you! Free shipping when you order online at Or call toll free 1.866.790.2107. 100% Money Back Guarantee.