Welcome to the health-image.com resources section of this website where we provide you with health related information and merchandise to help you maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. On this page we look at some of the findings of Ester C vitamin research and discuss whether this is a viable alternative to regular vitamin C that can be obtained as convenient supplements in pill or capsule form, of of course obtained naturally from eating foods that are naturally rich in this vitamin.

Which Foods Are Best to Eat?

Before I dive into the debate on this topic, first let’s take a look at some of the foods that you can eat that are naturally high in this substance. Of course everyone knows about citrus fruits (oranges, tangerines, clementines, grapefruit, lemons, limes etc) but there are other fruits that are rich in this substance.

Kiwi fruits are actually one of the richest sources in the fruit world, but you’ll also find it in lesser amounts in apples, plums, damsons, cherries, peaches and nectarines for example. In the vegetable world, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables are high sources as well as potatoes, tomatoes and other nightshade varieties such as capsicum (peppers) and chili peppers.

The rule of thumb is a simple one in that if you just make a point of including several of these natural ingredients in your daily diet, you’ll get enough Vit-C to maintain your body’s needs.

The Debate For and Against

There are many arguments running over the effectiveness and desirability of Ester-C as a replacement for ordinary vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Ideally, the traditional supplement in its natural form ought to be the best supplement to take to boost your levels of this important vitamin.

Robert Cathcart MD, is a highly experienced physician in the field of high dose Vit-C protocols. His expert advice is that mineral ascorbates are generally not as effective therapeutically as ordinary ascorbic acid. He said:

“…it was not entirely clear that the dramatic effects are always with ascorbic acid orally and sodium ascorbate intravenously. I have not been able to achieve the ascorbate effect with them taken orally. Mineral ascorbates are fine forms of vitamin C but when you are really sick, the mitochondria are failing in their refueling of the free radical scavengers with electrons. The ascorbic acid carries 2 extra electrons per molecule where the mineral ascorbates seem to carry only one (plus per molecule the these are heavier due to the mineral weighing more than the hydrogen the mineral replaces). So it appears that they are not potent enough to accomplish the ascorbate effect necessary for obtaining the best result. There may be other reasons that we do not appreciate additionally.” Robert Cathcart, III, MD


Our own opinion on this mirrors that of the Vitamin Foundation, which is that Ester-C is not necessarily a good substitute for regular vitamin C and that the individual must decide for themselves whether they want to experiment with this product instead. Everyone has this choice and of course it is down to the individual to make his or her mind up as to which is the best course of action for them.

With the proliferation and selection of more affordable sources of this vitamin on sale in health food stores and supermarkets, there appears to be little need for buying Ester-C. It all depends on what you choose to go with and prefer.

Please consult your doctor if you have any doubts.