I am a 5th and final year pharmacy student in University. I am doing research for my master’s degree on natural or seminatural sourced ascorbic acid dietary supplements. I analyzed one of your products, Vivasan Acerola tablets, for ascorbic acid content by using European Pharmacopoeia HPLC method.

The results are as follows:

Vivasan Acerola 60 tablets (batch number: 0791930101; best before: 02/2014). Vitamin C 100 mg per tablet (as labeled) considered as 100%.

9 samples, average vitamin C content per tablet 104.3% = 104.3 mg, standard deviation 9.9.

 What I would like to know for my research:

  1. what form(s) of vitamin C does the supplement contain (e.g. L-ascorbic acid, ascorbates etc)?
  2. Is all of the vitamin C in the supplement extracted from plants or fruits (e.g. citruses, acerola, rosehips, blackcurrant), therefore being natural sourced or does it (also) contain synthetically obtained vitamin C? How much of the vitamin C is natural sourced and/or how much is synthetically obtained?

 Additional information

The supplement obtained from the Vivasan label claiming vitamin C content per tablet being 60 mg. I also informed the distributer of this. The label in English states 100 mg per tablet which I used as the content.

This is an impartial research. I am looking forward to your reply and thank you in advance

Thank you for your mail

To your question regarding Acerola Vivasan:

1) L- ascorbic acid

2)  Acerola Vivasan сontains only vitamin C from acerola, doen’t contain artificial vitamin C.

Acerola content is 86% pr tablet, 60-120 mg pr. tablet C – vit.

  • Acerola fruit powder – (Malpighia punicifolia), 420,000 mg pr tabl.,  SCA standard , controlled by High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)

In addition acerola tablets contain only natural flavors (controlled by by HPLC): Black Currant (berry) powder, Natural orange flavoring, Natural orange flavor, Extracts. Rose hips Rosa canina and Cherry powder.

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