Science Questions

Do antioxidants survive stomach acid?

Sun, 16th Sep 2007

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Question

Chris asked:

Do antioxidants in food and supplements really survive stomach acids? Is there any way to ensure that they get into the blood stream?

Answer

Yes they do.  If we take, for example, vitamin C, which is actually ascorbic acid, which in theory shouldn't be broken down in an acid environment.  We do rely on absorbing vitamins to remain healthy, so the body must have evolved mechanisms to absorb these without them being broken down.

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