Vitamin C

 

Vitamin-CVitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin.

It is considered the “anti-scurvy” vitamin.

 

Why do you need Vitamin C?

The need for vitamin C is extensive. Without it, besides the onset of scurvy, a multitude of other chain-reaction health conditions can occur.

Vitamin C is necessary for:

  • Synthesis of collagen
  • It is a constitutional component of tendons, ligaments, bone, and blood vessels
  • Synthesis of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine (crucial for brain function)
  • Synthesis of carnitine
  • Metabolism of cholesterol to bile acids
  • Protects DNA and RNA from free radial damage
  • Promotes wound healing
  • Aids immune function
  • Protects against cancer

Most mammals manufacture their own Vitamin C, with the exception of  primates (excluding monkeys), guinea pigs, and humans.

Unlike our mammal relatives, humans lack the enzyme necessary to produce ascorbic acid in the liver from glucose; thus, it is vital that we consume Vitamin C on a daily basis.

 

Conditions Related to Vitamin C Deficiency 

  • Scurvy
  • Cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Bone disorders (including osteoporosis)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Alcoholism
  • Exposure to toxins (even everyday toxins)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Smokers
  • Stress

 

Dosages

Vitamin C dosage ranges from minimal to 500 mg. – 2000 mg. and therapeutic dosages ranging from 2000 mg. – 30 grams (30, 000 mg).

Vitamin C should never be taken with aspirin as the aspirin has been shown to block the effect of Vitamin C. If you need to take both, simply don’t take them together.  Separate them by a few hours.

 

Toxicity

Vitamin C is water-soluble, non-toxic and is considered an extremely safe vitamin.

When taken without being “buffered”, Vitamin C can cause some gastrointestinal discomfort. This is what is known as Vitamin C tolerance level. If you experience GI discomfort, simply decrease your dose until the discomfort dissipates.

To avoid these all together, there are 2 things you can do:

  1. Slowly increase the Vitamin C by 500 mg. per week to tolerance.
  2. Take what is known as buffered Vitamin C. Most people who take buffered Vitamin C experience little to no GI discomfort. Dr. Linus Pauling recommended this form of Vitamin C for this very reason.

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