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Few species on earth, including humans do not manufacture (synthesize) their own vitamin C and must get adequate levels of this important nutrient in their diet. Those animals that fall into this category include:

Humans and other primates, guinea pigs, the red-vented bulbul (a fruit and berry eating Asian bird), the Indian fruit eating bat, the rainbow trout and the coho salmon.

Irwin Stone, P.C.A., a scientist who has studied Vitamin C since 1934, has theorized that humans stopped producing their own Vitamin C through an evolutionary accident. This accident left humans with a genetic disease called hypoascorbemia,the final, fatal symptom of which is scurvy. In its less acute form, hypoascorbemia produces a variety of other common chronic health problems such as hypercholesterolemia, coronary heart disease (CHD), colds, cancers and arthritis.

Whether it was a freak evolutionary accident or part of the master plan, one thing is certain: the need for Vitamin C supplementation in humans has been established since 1740.

It was in this year that Admiral George A. Anson left England with six ships and 1,955 men for a voyage around the world. When he returned four years later, he had only one flagship and 1,051 less men. These men died of scurvy during the voyage.

This tragedy caused James Lind, a British Naval Physician to seek a cure for scurvy. On May 20, 1747, Dr. Lind divided a dozen scorbutic crewmen into six pairs. Each was given a different remedy: cider vinegar, sulfuric acid, sea water, garlic and other spices, oranges or lemons.

The groups given oranges and lemons showed the best results. Six years later Dr. Lind published a book called A Treatise of the Scurvy. Typically not everyone believed him! The British Admiralty did not accept his dietary suggestions until 48 years later. However, a close friend, Captain James Cook, did follow his prescription and included lemons on this ships. As a result, the British Sailors gained the inaccurate nickname "Limeys".

Today we would call Captain Cook a "Natural Health Nut"! He did not wait for the medical bureaucracy to approve his natural remedy. As a result, thousands of lives were spared.

In 1928, the first isolation of pure Vitamin C was performed by a biochemist, Dr. Szent Gyorgyi. He named this substance Hexuronic Acid. The chemical structure was later established by Dr. Glen King. In 1932, and in 1933 Swiss investigators successfully synthesized ascorbic acid identical to Vitamin C, the common name so well known today.

The name Ascorbic Acid denotes an acidic substance. Because of its acid nature, its tremendous health benefit is sometimes clouded by the tendency of therapeutic doses to irritate the stomach and intestinal lining, often resulting in diarrhea.

In 1970 Linus Pauling (dual Nobel Prize Winner) shocked the medical establishment with his first book, Vitamin C. the Common Cold and the Flu, in which he documented evidence of Vitamin C's
efficacy. During the 1970's research continued to investigate Vitamin C's interactions with the immune system, its therapeutic activity in the treatment of post-operative patients, and its effect on debilitating illness such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

In 1981 Dr. Robert Cathcart published a landmark paper where he described a method of determining one's optimal level of Vitamin C and revealed the successful use of ascorbic acid in treating over 9,000 patients with conditions of mononucleosis, hepatitis, bacterial infections, allergies, candida albicans, trauma, surgery, burns, cancer, disc-related back pain, arthritis, scarlet fever, herpes and crib death.

Dr. Cathcart published another book in 1984 describing the use of Vitamin C in the treatment of AIDS. In 1986 LInus Pauling published his best seller, How To Live Longer and Feel Better, summarizing the therapeutic uses of Vitamin C. At about the same time Doctors CheraskIn, Ringdorf and Sisley released a book entitled, The Vitamin C Connection. Getting Well and Staving Well with Vitamin C.. The overwhelming volumes of research continue to grow as thousands of articles are being published yearly on Vitamin C and its benefits.


A primary function of vitamin C is maintaming collagen, a protein necessary for the formation of connective tissue in skin, ligaments and bones.

Vitamin C plays a role in healing wounds and burns because it facilitates the formation of connective tissue in the scar.

Vitamin C aids in forming red blood cells and preventing hemorrhaging (& reducing bruising).

Vitamin C fights bacterial infections and reduces the effects on the body of some allergy-producing substances. For these reasons Vitamin C is frequently recommended for preventing and treating the common cold.

When the serum levels of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) are high, the lubricating fluid of joints (synovial fluid) becomes thinner (allowing freer movement).

Vitamin C protects thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and vitamins A and E against oxidation.

Vitamin C converts the inactive form of folic acid to the active form, folinic acid, and may have a role In calcium metabo lism.


During the 1980's a small company called Inter-Cal was researching a novel ascorbate production when they discovered that natural by-products called metabolites in their Vitamin C product greatly enhanced Its absorption. A United States Patent was granted for this improved form of Vitamin C which was trade-named Ester-C'Ascorbate on April 18, 1989.

Recently, New Spirit Naturals, Inc. entered into a marketing agreement to use this special process referred to as Ester-C in its revolutionary product Magnum C.

The Vitamin C contained in Magnum C contains it's natural metabolites of the aldonic acid family. These Metabolites appear to be the magic that potentizes Vitamin C and, thereby, increase it's effectiveness.

The most important metabolites are L-threonic Acid, L-xylonic Acid and L-lysinic Acid. These appear to: Increase the rate of absorption of vitamin C PLUS increase the amount of time that vitamin C is retained In the body prior to excretion.

Further, metabolites transport Vitamin C into both fat-based and water based systems within the body, thereby extending its delivery and, possibly its therapeutic effects.

The manufacturing process for Ester C® is unique in that all reactions are carried out in a purified aqueous solution (water) and there is no use of organic solvents (acetone or alcohol) as in other methods of ascorbate precipitation.


500 mg of Vitamin C from Ester C as Potassium/Magnesium Ascorbate. Potassium & Magnesium Ascorbate were chosen as a "carrier" for Ester C because of the additional health benefits of these two minerals:

Magnesium supports muscles and nerves, stimulating their performance. It boosts respiration and, when teamed with potassium, increases energy, stamina and endurance.

A combined Magnesium/Potassium Supplement has been shown to help relieve symptoms and restore energy to people suffering from chronic fatigne, lassitude, morning fatigne, insomnia, headaches, lower back pain and other vague pains. (Super Fitness Beyond Vitamins, pg. 10)

Potassium helps regulate the body's water balance and normalize heart rhythms. Both nerve and muscular function suffers when the sodium/potassium balance in the body is out of balance.

Bioflavonolds (100 mg.) Most of the "yellow, red and blue pigment" in plants come from the Bioflavonoid family. They exist only in plants and are most often associated with citrus fruit, particularly oranges and lemons. Although Bioflavonoids are no longer considered vitamins (they were once named Vitamin P), they exert their powerful influence in three (3) ways.

1) By strengthening the membrane and small blood vessel walls.

2) By serving as antioxidants.

3) By regulating key enzymes in the body.

Rosehips (50 mg.) "Hips" are the fruit of the rose, or what is left after the flower has bloomed and the petals have fallen. Rosehips contain from ten to one hundred times more natural Vitamin C than any other food. They also contain vitamins A,E, B1, B2, K, P, niacin and the minerals calcium, phosphorus and iron. Traditionally the rosehips are used to make jam which is then administered for its therapeutic benefits.  These important ingredients are delivered in a base of 75mg. of Wild Lettuce Leaves, Black
Walnut, Burdock Root and Sarsaparilla, herbs reported to provide nutritional support for those who suffer from arthritic conditions.

Magnum C is a pH neutral (non-acidic) formula and contains NO wheat, corn, soy, sodium, sugar, starch, yeast, caffeine, artificial coloring or preservatives.  *Ester C is a Registered Trademark of Inter-Cal Corp.

Information contained in this bulletin is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advise from your physician. This information should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. You should consult with a health care professional for treatment of any health issue.