Getting enough vitamin C is important to your overall health. Maintaining optimal levels of vitamin C can help promote
longevity. This form of vitamin C can cross cell membranes and other biological barriers, delivering free radical-scavenging
ascorbic acid to regions that would otherwise be unreachable.
Unlike ascorbic acid, which is water-soluble, ascorbyl palmitate can cross cell membranes and
other biological barriers.
Ascorbyl Palmitate Benefits
Provides fat-soluble antioxidant protection
Reaches tissue areas ascorbic acid cannot
Maintains optimal levels of circulating ascorbic acid longer than ordinary ascorbic acid
Ascorbyl palmitate (AP) is an ester formed from ascorbic acid and palmitic acid creating a form of vitamin C that is fat-soluble,
meaning it can interact with lipid-based molecules. Unlike naturally-occurring vitamin C (ascorbic acid), which is strictly watersoluble, ascorbyl palmitate is able to cross cell membranes and other biological barriers. This characteristic gives it special
applications for delivering free radical-scavenging ascorbic acid to otherwise unreachable parts of the body.
Ascorbyl palmitate has been shown to help inhibit oxidative stress to lipids and protects red blood cells, endothelial cells and
brain and nerve tissue from free radicals. Scientific evidence suggests ascorbyl palmitate can maintain high levels of
circulating ascorbic acid longer than ordinary ascorbic acid. It also helps maintain intracellular ascorbic acid levels and has
demonstrated greater ability to help inhibit oxidative stress and free radical damage to lipids and DNA, and inhibit glycation of
proteins inside human cells compared to ascorbic acid.
Ascorbic acid makes up 40% of the ascorbyl palmitate molecule by weight; however, ascorbyl palmitate’s activity cannot
readily be compared to that of ascorbic acid because the two molecules have different activities in the body.