Ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate - which is best?

Since most harmful bacteria thrive in acidic conditions, doesn´t it make sense to supplement with sodium ascorbate instead of ascorbic acid?

"Sodium ascorbate is non-acid, very pure and a thousand times more soluble than ascorbic acid. Sodium ascorbate is more reactive than ascorbic acid in building connective tissue and antibody structures and more effective in killing some viruses and bacteria" - Gerald F. Judd, ph.D, chemist and researcher.

"Bacterial infections cause symptoms, suppress the immune system and cause allergic reactions to antibiotics by way of free radicals. While these diseases should be treated with the appropriate antibiotics, they should also be treated with massive doses of ascorbate. Massive doses of ascorbate clinically seem to broaden the spectrum of activity against resistant bacteria.

Any disease that has symptoms of inflammation, which are mediated by free radicals cannot help but be bennefited by eliminating those free radicals as much as possible with massive doses of ascorbate." - Robert F Cathcart, M.D.

Research done by Carosio, Zuccori, Orienti, Mangraviti and Montaldo (G. Gaslin Institute, Genova, Italy) showed that sodium ascorbate induces apoptosis in neuroblastoma cell lines by interfering with iron uptake ( it decreases intracellular iron).

A microbiologist from Thailand have this to say about sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid: " A vitamin C can be both a pro-oxidant and an anti-oxidant depending on the PH. Sodium ascorbate has a PH of about 8 and it prevents bacterial growth. Ascorbic acid tends to promote bacterial growth by acidity".

If anyone here has tried to supplement with sodium ascorbate i would very much like to hear about it.


The acidity of the body is tightly controlled; eating ascorbic acid doesn't make you more acidic. It might leach calcium from your bones, as the body draws on that reserve of calcium to neutralize the acid; but until you're actually dead, your acidity stays about the same.


I don't notice too much difference between the two myself and take both on a regular basis.  I think the ascorbic acid seems more immediate in terms of how quickly I notice any response from it but that may be due to other things I take with it.  When your  body process them, they will both result in vitamin C, regardless of which form that's taken.  I just think the ascorbic acid form might be faster acting.  That's my take on it anyway.

best, John

RRMS/EDSS was 4.5, 5, 6, 6.5, 6.9999, 6.5 on Wheldon/Stratton Protocol beginning 04/12/2006
nac 4x600 mg/day
doxycycline 2x100mg/day
azithromycin 3x250mg/day MWF
metronidazole 3x400mg/day then 3x500mg/day

Thank you Norman and John.

Norman, its not true that the acidity in the body stays about the same until you are dead. Body PH is strongly affected by diet, environmental exposures and lifestyle. Yes, ascorbic acid might leach calcium from the bones and that can also make the body more acidic if too much calcium is used to neutralize the acid.

What I wrote about acidity is standard physiology; see, for instance, the Wikipedia entry on acidosis. It's been researched in such great detail that there's really no room for doubt at this point. By eating acids or bases, you can control the pH of your urine, but nothing else.

 The PH of the body is tightly regulated by a complex system of buffers that continuously work to maintain a range of 7.35-7.45, but there are 2 main forces at work on a daily basis that can disrupt the PH of your body fluids. These forces are the acid or alkaline forming effects of the foods and liquids that you ingest and the acids that you generate through regular metabolic activities

The body has 3 major mechanisms to keep the PH of the blood in the 7.35-7.45 range. These mechanisms are: 1) Buffer systems ( carbonic acid-bicarbonate buffer system, protein buffer system, phosphate buffer system), 2) Exhalation of carbon dioxide and 3) Elimination of hydrogen ions via kidneys.

If you spend years eating a poor diet that is mainly acid forming, you will overwork some of the buffering systems, resulting in slight changes in body PH and undesirable changes in your health.