I made homemade vitamin c powder for the first time! This was made by dehydrating the peels of some calamondins we had growing in our garden! 🌿🍊I dehydrated them for 4-5 hours and them grinding them up in a blender. Calamondins are a little sour to eat so I figured they’d be great to turn into vitamin c powder for a natural immune boost. Calamondins are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are a good source of potassium, vitamin A, and calcium. Calamondins also contain limonene, which provides antioxidant benefits.
You may be wondering why go through the trouble to make your own vitamin c powder when they sell 1000 mg packets of it at the grocery store. Well, almost all mainstream vitamins are synthetic- meaning they are chemical products created in a laboratory and have different biological structures than the vitamins which occur naturally in our food. Synthetic vitamins aren’t as bioavailable causing our body to have a hard time utilizing them. Like anything synthetic you put in your body, they also come with side effects and risks. For example, in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 22,000 pregnant women were given synthetic Vitamin A. The study was halted because birth defects increased by 400%.
Not all of us have the time and resources to make our own vitamins. Luckily, there are some brands that sell whole food supplements. How do you tell a whole food supplement from a synthetic one? Well it’s rather simple! Look at the ingredient list, if it is a whole food vitamin it has to list the food source. It should say Vitamin C FROM Organic Orange (just one example). Not Vitamin C AS absorbic acid. The key difference is whether it says FROM a whole food source or AS a synthetic form. I hope this information helps you to find the best vitamins for you! 🌿