That is the most confusing part of Jaffe's recommendations and tests. He seems to imply he only uses a buffered/mineral ascorbate, but then in the same discussion, he stresses that L-ascorbate, is the only form the cures scurvy, implying that his "ascorbate" recommendation is for L-ascorbates. So he is not clear.
We think we now know that sodium ascorbate, and presumably other mineral ascorbates, travel slowly down the GI Tract before being absorbed into the blood stream, while ascorbic acid has the potential to be immediately absorbed into the blood stream (within the first 15 minutes) presumably through the stomach wall. This difference might affect the calibration. Probably not a bad idea to try to calibrate with both AA and SA and see if the numbers are different.
Owen R. Fonorow, Orthomolecular Naturopath
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