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#1 Old 07-26-2007, 03:34 PM
 
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Hi all, I'm feeling under the weather today, and am starting with a sorethroat. Previous to 2 weeks ago, I'd have just grabbed an emergen-c packet and called it good, but now am thinking it might have animal ingredients....does anyone out there know offhand?

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#2 Old 07-26-2007, 04:05 PM
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Well Vegan Essentials sells it, under Antioxidants, I can't get a like directly to it, tho.



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thank ya much.....I went ahead and took some, and am going to bed soon. 'pershiate your help!
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I take it almost every day...I love it!! But now you have me curious as to the ingredients!!

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Maybe you can help me with the ingred. Karenlovessnow, I've tried for a while to learn about glycine. Have only found out it was originally derived (in 1820)from gelatin , and silk fibroins, whatever they are! but I couldn't find anything about how they are made in this modern day....if it's still from animal, or possibly beans, as they contain it too. Guess I should have paid more attention in science class, 'cause most the sites I went were pretty intimidating!! Now my head hurts, and I've given up(for now).

However, due to illness will take one more packet before bed, and pray for forgiveness if I find out otherwise.

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I was under the impression that they were all vegan except for the ones with Vitamin D3 in them. But I haven't done any research on them.



And be careful how many of those things you take. Yes, vitamins are good, but too many can definitely be bad
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#7 Old 07-28-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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No Ma'am, Won't over do it.....my doc said I can take 4 a day and be safe......however I never take more than 2 a day, and only when I'm sick.

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You're welcome



It's just that I know some people who drink 4+ a day on a regular basis - up to the point where you might start seeing side effects from all the vitamin C, not to mention getting more than you need of the other vitamins.



I hope you're feeling better soon!
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side effects from too much vitamin C?? elaborate please...

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#10 Old 07-28-2007, 03:43 PM
 
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Nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea. It may also interfere with some medications, and may lead to kidney stones in certain individuals. The upper limit for vitamin C is set at 2000 mg (2g), but it's very rare that someone would need more than 200 mg. (I believe the Emergen-C's have between 500 and 1000mg). For healthy, non-smoking people, 75-100 mg is considered adequate.
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Everything I'm finding so far indicates that glycerin in NOT vegan



This was a pretty good website that I stumbled upon:



http://vegan-info.com/additives.html#G

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I was taking one packet of Emergen-C a day (1000mg of C) and had no ill effects. That seemed to be enough for me to reap the benefits. The box does suggest taking 2-4 daily.

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Glycerin can be animal or vegetable-based. The only way to find out would be to contact the company to find out which source they use.



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I was taking one packet of Emergen-C a day (1000mg of C) and had no ill effects. That seemed to be enough for me to reap the benefits. The box does suggest taking 2-4 daily.



Taking 2-4g of vitamin C a day is excessive. Your body can only absorb about 500 mg a day, IIRC. A good rule of thumb when taking vitamins is to not take more than 100% of the RDA for the vitamins & minerals within it (although there can be exceptions to this: some vitamins are quite safe to take in large doses, particularly B12).



Of course they want you to take 2-4 a day - they do have a product to sell, and the more you consume, the better it is for them





Here an interesting articles on the dangers of taking high doses of vitamin C:



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Thanks, fyvel, I didn't know that! I was under the impression that vitamin C was 'water soluble' so you couldn't o/d on it. Interesting. I'll stick to my fresh fruits/veggies!



I'm curious about the glycerin still, so maybe I'll drop an e-mail to the company and see what they have to say, if they respond at all.

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You're welcome It's actually pretty hard to not get enough vit C. Unless you're eating a SAD diet with no fruits, veggies, juice, etc. I think that would be pretty hard to do
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Good info, .....is glycerine the same as 'GLYCINE'...same family???

will have to contact emergen-c co. and find out I guess.

Thanks for the input all!! (handy website, Karenlovessnow)!!!
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#17 Old 07-28-2007, 07:33 PM
 
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As far as I can tell, glycine is another of those that could be derived from animal or plant sources.



From the Emergen-C website FAQ:



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Which of your products contain animal derivatives?



* Joint Health Emergen-C contains Glucosamine derived from crustacean shellfish and Chondroitin derived from bovine..

* Immune Defense Emergen-C and Lozenges contain Honey derived from beeswax.



I notice they didn't mention vitamin D3, which as far as I know, is always derived from animals, and is in some of their products.
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