Ronkonkoma, NY—New data published inSpringerPlus suggest that a branded vitamin C ester (Ester-C from NBTY, based here) is better at increasing vitamin C levels in the body than other forms of vitamin C.

Thirty-six healthy adults (ages 18–60) were divided into three groups and given a placebo, 1,000 mg of vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) or 1,000 mg of the branded vitamin C ester (Ester-C). Participants’ levels (plasma and leukocytes) were measured at baseline and two, four, eight and 24 hours after taking the supplement.

The researchers found that those in the Ester C group had higher plasma concentrations of vitamin C in their systems and a greater percent change at every time point than the other groups. In terms of leukocyte vitamin C (which is representative of tissue levels and immune function), the Ester C group was the only one to show an increase 24 hours after taking the supplement. This group also had better eight-hour leukocyte vitamin C results than the ascorbic acid group.

This trial was conducted by NBTY.

Published on WholeFoods Magazine, September 2016, Online 7/26/16