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Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods or added to others, it’s also available as a dietary supplement. Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. Unlike most animals, humans are unable to synthesize vitamin C naturally; therefore, it is an essential vitamin that humans need to take frequently. It can be found in many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, and spinach. The recommended daily intake for vitamin C is 75 mg for women, 90 mg for men and 88mg for children and adolescents aged 1-18 years. While it’s commonly advised to get your vitamin C intake from foods, many people turn to supplements to meet their needs. Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants, that exist. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals. 

We all have had moments when we walk into the pharmacy and are faced with various types of Vitamin C brands without knowing which one to choose. This article will help narrow things down for you, so as to make your next Vitamin C pharmacy run a little bit easier. Below are five various types of Vitamin C brands, in which this article will highlight both their pros and cons by taking a cost-effective approach, amongst other factors –




BIO C 1000


ESTER C 1000mg



210 Tablets 

180 Tablets 

180 Capsules

120 Tablets 

90 Tablets












500 mg

600 mg


500 mg


Dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, peanuts free or soy free.

Gluten free, dairy free and Soy free. 



Free from: artificial flavour or colour, gluten, wheat, lactose, dairy, preservatives, soy, added sugar, yeast and GMO materials.


Citrus free


Fruit Flavours –

·      Blueberry, Raspberry and  Boysenberry.

·      Tangy Orange.

·      Jungle Juice.

·      Peach passion fruit mango





Of the 5 Vitamin C brands, listed above, Ester C supreme has the greatest number of tablets; however, it is the most expensive and a higher price point doesn’t mean it is superior to the others. Although, what makes the Ester C supreme stand out from the other is the fact that it is the only form of vitamin C that has been proven to last up to 24 hours in the white blood cells of the immune system. Compared to other Vitamin C products, it is also less acidic and easier on the stomach than ascorbic acid.

At a price point of $59.99 and 210 tablets at 1000mg, it can be inferred that each tablet cost approximately $0.28 cents. However, there might be concerns on how effective the pills will be after being used over 6 months after initially opening it. Generally, tablets have a longer shelf life and accommodate a higher dose of an active ingredient than capsules. Therefore, you can be confident knowing that your Ester C supreme which you’ve been taking since January is still as good in July. 


The Enerex Bio C 1000 offers a 1 to 1 ratio of 180 tablets of Vitamin C with 500 mg of citrus bioflavonoids at a price point of $27.5; therefore, it can be inferred that each tablet costs approximately $0.15 cents. However, the Enerex Bio C 1000, contains Bioflavonoids which includes Hesperidin, Quercitin, Narangin, and Rutin, all of which are essential for the absorption of vitamin C. Hesperidin is the marker of bioflavonoids quality and efficacy; Bio C 1000 uses premium 22% Hesperidin. 

In addition, Bioflavonoids are helpful in the treatment of allergies and they may combat yeast infections. Lastly, a combination of Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids have proven helpful in treating capillary injuries and eczema.


The health first Berry C supreme is the ONLY one of the five Vitamin C brands mentioned above, that is catered to vegetarians as it is a Vegetable capsule; henc3, making it the most dietary friendly. It is also the only product that is a capsule, with it being a capsule it naturally does break down more quickly than tablets and offers faster relief from symptoms than tablets. Capsules are also less likely to have an unpleasant taste or odor and are tamper resistant as they’re not easy to split or crush. Generally, capsules also have a higher bioavailability; therefore, more of the drugs are able to enter one’s bloodstream thereby making them more effective than tablets. With a price point of $29.99 and 180 tablets at 600mg, it can be inferred that each tablet cost approximately $0.16 cents which is fairly priced for a capsule catered for vegetarians. 


At a price point of $35.99 and 120 tablets at 1000mg, it can be inferred that each Ester-C tablet cost approximately $0.29cents. The Ester-C is a unique, patented form of calcium ascorbate, which is made when ascorbic acid (regular vitamin C) is buffered with calcium using a water-based process. The calcium in Ester-C provides part of your daily calcium requirements. Ester-C contains active vitamin C metabolites including L-threonate, which enhance cellular absorption and retention. Generally, Ester-C has a clinically proven higher bioavailability and retention rate than other forms of vitamin C.


At a price point of $9.99 and 90 tablets at 500mg, it can be inferred that each of the C 500mg 100% Natural Fruit Chews tablet cost approximately $0.10 cents, this is the most affordable of the 5 vitamin C brands mentioned above. Natural Factors 100% C 500 mg natural fruit chews in blueberry, raspberry, and boysenberry flavours are made with natural fruit flavours and sweeteners. Each easy-to-take wafer also contains citrus bioflavonoids, rosehips, and rutin for added benefits. The Bioflavonoids have a positive impact on the cardiovascular system as well as memory, bioflavonoids increase vitamin C absorption. In addition, the flavour in these chews is suitable for kids as it helps them swallow and digest better. Not only is this brand very affordable, its variation in fruit flavours is suitable for children who are still growing and developing. 


In conclusion, the Berry C supreme vitamin capsule is best suitable for vegetarians as it is a strict vegetable capsule at $6 per capsule pill. The Natural Fruit Chews is best for children as the variety in different fruit flavours will encourage them to take this vitamin daily, it is also very affordable, and the bioflavonoids helps with memory retention as they grow. The Ester C products are affordable and are the only Vitamin C products that have been clinically proven to have higher bioavailability and retention rate. The Bio C tablets is of the highest quality as it uses premium 22% Hesperidin and it contains Bioflavonoids which does not only provide the basic benefits of regular Vitamin C but it’s also helpful in the treatment of allergies, capillary injuries, eczema, and helps combat yeast infections.

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