Despite almost 60 per cent of people stating they take vitamin C effervescent tablets to help boost immunity, combat the common cold or give them more energy, a staggering 85 per cent are unaware that their daily tablet contains sodium. “While a vitamin C effervescent is a popular way to consume higher doses of vitamin C, the high level of sodium outweighs the benefits”, says Dr Sarah Brewer. “Unfortunately, sodium has traditionally been used as the reactant, causing your tablet to fizz.”


Adults should consume no more than 2.4g sodium per day, which is equivalent to 6g salt: Salt = sodium x 2.5.

Heart problems are a common side effect of a diet too high in salt. Too much salt will raise your blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease, stroke and heart attack.

Dr Sarah Brewer


Salt, also known as sodium chloride, is a compound made up of sodium (40%) and chlorine (60%).

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