I would like to make a little cheat sheet with some facts about Vitamin C for you because I believe that it is so crucial in our quest for proper health, and so many people are so massively deficient in it. I have read that we used to be able to synthesize our own from sugars, but we lack the gene now that controlled the process. We are still able to do everything except the final phase, which unfortunately still gets us no Vitamin C. Vitamin C really needs to be at the top of the nutrient list for people because it affects so much in the body.
You can take the amount of C that gets the job done. How do you know you’re taking enough C? You feel better. People who are in pain will have less pain. People who have nausea will have less nausea. People who have radiation burns or chemo side effects will have fewer of them. People who have had surgery will find they have quicker wound healing. People who have lost their appetite will find that their appetite is normalized. – DoctorYourself.com
What does Vitamin C do in the body?
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, meaning that without it you cannot maintain life (or will at least suffer horribly if you are severely depleted for too long). Vitamin C is needed for many things. It is needed to form collagen in the body, needed for a healthy immune system, aids in fat metabolism, breaks down histamine, helps the body absorb iron, and much more. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin. This means that it can get into every cell in your body that has water, which is every cell! It can get into every cell unlike something like Vitamin A and D which are fat soluble. This goes to show you how effective Vitamin C can be if you take therapeutic amounts. Vitamin C is a free radical scavenger, which means it stops free radicals from damaging your cells. Free radicals are really the number one way that you deteriorate and age over time. Your body stops repairing after a while and damage starts to take its toll if you are not careful.
What affects Vitamin C absorption?
Vitamin C is best absorbed in conjunction with bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids help make the Vitamin C more readily available to the body, and Zinc can be used to help the body absorb more Vitamin C. On the flip side, Vitamin C helps the body absorb Iron. High amounts of sugar in the blood or intestines can slow the absorption of Vitamin C. There is a new Liposomal Vitamin C technology out that boosts the bio-availability of vitamin C to over 90%!!!! Ingesting it only gives you up to a 20% bio-availability. Check it out!
What forms of Vitamin C are there?
The natural form of Vitamin C is called L-ascorbic acid. Processed or synthesized forms include Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, and Calcium Ascorbate. You want Vitamin C from foods if possible, or supplements made with minimal amounts of processing. The problem with foods is that you cannot get a lot from foods unless you constantly eat the foods that are high in Vitamin C. Good sources are becoming harder to find because of GMO products these days. You want to find Vitamin C from an Organic non-GMO source. There are what are called “Buffered” forms with calcium added, so that it is easier on your stomach and digestive tract. People with GI issues should probably go for the buffered forms, but if you are not sure then try a little of each to see if you have a harder time with the non buffered versions.
What are natural sources that have Vitamin C?
Acerola Cherry, Alma Berry, Avocado, Black Currants, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Grapefruit, Green Pepper, Guava, Kale, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Melon, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Potato, Rose Hip, Spinach, Strawberry, Tomato, and Watercress. Higher concentrations from plant sources can be found in the Alma Berry, Camu Camu, Kakadu Plums, Rose Hips and Acerola Cherries. High animal sources include raw calf, beef and pork liver. Liver is one of the most abundant sources of nutrients, but it has to be eaten raw or as raw as possible for the best benefit.
How much do you need?
Vitamin C has a half life of 30 minutes. This means that if you take 1000mg at one time, once it starts being processed it will becoming half as effective every 30 minutes. 1000mg, 500mg, 250mg, 125mg, and so on until it is gone. It is suggested that you take the total amount for 1 day and divide it up into mini servings through out the day. If your daily dose is 10 grams then you could take 1 gram 10 times or 500mg 20 times. Taking smaller doses more often can up the potential effects at least 160%. Taking a huge amount just one time each day will indeed help some but will definitely not keep Vitamin C in your body, which after all is the end goal. It is said that just 10-65mg a day will prevent scurvy, 1 to 20 grams/day is good for therapeutic doses, and higher then 20 grams/day is to be taken if you are sick or are trying to fight disease. You can take as much of it as possible until you hit Bowel Tolerance, which causes diarrhea. You then back off a bit until you are normally “going” again. When you are sick or your body is under any stress, the amount it takes for bowel tolerance will go up. This is because your body is using the vitamin C to fend of oxidative stress from the damage your body is under.
What can Vitamin C help out with in our day to day health?
EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE! Vitamin C is a miracle worker and as far as I am concerned affects every part of the body. Scurvy is the main disease that you first can come down with if you become seriously depleted of Vitamin C. After a while of being depleted you can develop any one of hundreds of more symptoms and diseases. High dosage of Vitamin C are shown to relieve and cure things like Kidney Diseases, Skeletal Ailments, Joint Problems, Polio, Multiple Sclerosis, Laryngitis, infections, Cardiovascular diseases, Cancer, Trauma, Burns “both thermal and radiation type”, Surgeries, Allergies, Autoimmune diseases, Ebola, Bird/Swine flu, West Nile, and many many many more. It can increase longevity up to 6 years when taken at therapeutic levels, and will repair your artery walls at a dosage level of 1500mg a day taken for a year. 5000mg a day will flush the fats from your liver. If you have fatty liver disease you may want to look into taking Vitamin C.
Vitamin C for cancer has been tested for 40 years. We don’t think; we know it’s helpful. There have been a lot of studies and they all show that high doses—I’m not talking about 150 milligrams; I’m not talking about a glass of orange juice; I’m not talking about 500 milligrams or a ‘mega-dose’ of 1,000—I’m talking about 10,000 or more intravenously, 100,000 perhaps orally, or perhaps intravenously for a seriously ill person. – DoctorYourself.com
However, when we hear that vitamin C is better than chemo because it selectively kills cancer cells without causing toxic side effects, then we’re happy. High doses of vitamin C will not cause you to lose your hair. It will not cause you to lose your appetite. There’s a tremendous amount of good news here. This is the big reason why we wrote that book and why doctors Miranda-Massari and Gonzalez have my admiration. These are very bright gentlemen. They have had a lot of experience. - DoctorYourself.com
MISC facts about vitamin C.
All mammals can make their own Vitamin C, except us. There is virtually no toxic amount that you can take. It is suggested that we take at least 10 grams/day to meet the amounts that other animals make every day based on the amount that the body makes to the animals weight ratio. The way that you know that you took too much is that you have diarrhea, which again is called bowel tolerance. Vitamin C is excreted in the bowel and through urine, so this is the way you find out how much is your max. Vitamin C is destroyed extremely fast by processing and heat so it is best left unprocessed. A product that claims “An excellent source of vitamin C” has at least 12mg per serving of Vitamin C in it. You need more Vitamin C when you are sick because your body is needing more vitamin C to fight off being damaged, or to fight the actual damage already done. You might be able to tolerate 10 grams a day while healthy but you might be able to take 80 grams a day when you are sick without hitting bowel tolerance. The demand goes up that much, sometimes much higher! Any study that shows “proof” that Vitamin C is useless for symptom X is flawed because they simply did not use enough to get any positive results. Many studies have been done from a few key scientists showing the importance of Vitamin C in many different cases with hundreds of different ailments. All are able to at least be symptom free if not cured simply with megadosing vitamin C until bowel tolerance. Vitamin C deficiency will weaken your bones, cause gingivitis, nose bleeds, swollen joints and is needed in the production of blood platelets.
It really is amazing stuff. Unfortunately you will not find the critical studies that have been done about Vitamin C on the internet unless you really dig down and look because of all of the quacked out mainstream studies that have been published. www.doctoryourself.com, www.vitamincfoundation.org and www.orthomed.com are probably part of only a handful of good sources for finding out the truth about Vitamin C.