Vitamin C

 

Vitamin 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.

The following is a list of the necessity of Vitamin C:

  • Synthesis of collagen
  • 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 DND and RNA from free radial damage
  • Promotes wound healing
  • Aids immune function
  • Protect against cancer

Most mammals manufacture their own Vitamin C except for 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 our 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 the 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 extremely safe vitamin.

When taken without being “buffered”, Vitamin C has been known to 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’s known as buffered Vitamin C. Most people experience few to done regarding GI discomfort. Dr. Linus Pauling recommended this form of Vitamin C for that very reason.

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