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Product Description:Amni Ester-C Complex capsules, provided by DouglasLaboratories, contain a non-acidic, calcium ascorbate formof vitamin C combined with a potent citrus bioflavonoidcomplex.Ester-C is a unique form of vitamin C that is createdthrough a patented, water-based process that combinesvitamin C and calcium. Ester-C is non-acidic and should bewell-tolerated by those who are sensitive to the acidic natureof ascorbic acid.Vitamin C: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has numerousbiological functions. It is essential for the synthesis ofcollagen and glycosaminoglycans, which are the buildingmaterials of all connective tissues, such as skin, bloodvessels, tendons, joint cartilage and bone. Vitamin C is therequired coenzyme for two groups of enzymes that catalyzethe crosslinking of collagen fibres – lysyl hydroxylases andprolyl hydroxylases. As such, vitamin C is essential fornormal wound healing and capillary health.Vitamin C participates in the biosynthesis of carnitine,serotonin, and certain neurotransmitters, includingnorepinephrine.Vitamin C is among the most powerful antioxidants inhumans and animals. It is a water-soluble, chain-breakingantioxidant that reacts directly with superoxide, hydroxylradicals, and singlet oxygen. Laboratory studies show thatvitamin C completely protects lipids in plasma and lowdensitylipoprotein (LDL) against atherogenic peroxidativedamage. In addition, vitamin C interacts with glutathioneand alpha-lipoic acid, and regenerates vitamin E.The antioxidant functions of vitamin C appear to haveclinical significance in providing protection from free radicaldamage to the eyes, lungs, blood and the immune system.Vitamin C is absorbed in the small intestine by a sodiumdependenttransport process that is intake dependent. Atnormal dietary intakes of 60 to 100 mg, up to 80 or 90% ofthe vitamin C is absorbed. At higher intakes, absorptionbecomes less efficient. Absorption efficiency and vitamin Cutilization may be greatly enhanced during conditions