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Vitamin C

By
Lynne Brown
BSc Hons, HDE, Dip Clin Nutr

Vitamin C can be the difference between optimum health – and disease! This extraordinary nutrient is both an antioxidant and a vitamin. The use of vitamin C, in a buffered form, in your health programme will certainly augment your state of health and may significantly treat and prevent many serious illnesses. 

Some of the therapeutic uses of Vitamin C include the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction, allergies (food and environmental), asthma, atherosclerosis, bacterial and viral infections, cancer, colds, AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, flu’, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, periodontal disease, hay fever, to mention just a few!  This is a miracle nutrient folks and your body can’t make it, so take it!

Respiratory disease

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that vitamin C can prevent symptoms of major respiratory conditions, including asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Conducted over a two-year period, the study found that vitamin C helps to keep the airway surfaces of the respiratory tract properly hydrated. Lack of vitamin C can result in dry, sticky mucus membranes that line the airway surfaces, causing "the progression of common inflammatory airway diseases by making the airways more susceptible to infections." The research showed that this process can be prevented and reversed by vitamin C supplementation.

Heart disease

Vitamin C is a nutrient close to my heart,(no pun intended!) due to the 1000’s of studies done on it’s efficacy in treating just heart disease alone.  Vitamin C lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease by acting as an antioxidant, by strengthening the collagen structures of the arteries, lowering total cholesterol and blood pressure, raising HDL cholesterol levels and inhibiting platelet aggregation (blood clotting). In addition, vitamin C regenerates oxidized vitamin E in the body, thereby enhancing the antioxidant benefits of vitamin E.

The common cold

The profound antiviral effect of high doses of vitamin C can also be demonstrated by the effect it has on the common cold. A maintenance dose of 1g per day will certainly reduce the incidence and severity of the common cold but should you feel a cold coming on, then take 1 g of buffered vitamin C every 2 hours. This will produce very high levels of vitamin C in the blood and no virus should be able to take hold. Always take vitamin C in a buffered form such as calcium ascorbate and with bioflavonoids. (Bioflavonoids are essential for the absorption of vitamin C).

How much to take

The RDA (recommended daily allowance) for vitamin C is 60 mg for adults, but bear in mind that RDAs are set by governments to prevent deficiency diseases like scurvy. Patrick Holford calls RDA levels Ridiculous Dietary Arbitraries and says RDAs are fine if you’re happy to be in poor average health, free of scurvy, but for optimum health you need at least 1000 mg of vitamin C per day. Dr Linus Pauling recommended 2 to 9 grams a day during periods of health and even higher doses during times of stress!  Remember though that vitamin C leaves the body in 6 hours so you need to take divided doses of 500 mg or 1 g each.

Disclaimer: All information here is for educational purposes only and is not meant to cure, heal, diagnose nor treat. This information must not be used as a replacement for medical advice, nor can the writer take any responsibility for anyone using the information instead of consulting a healthcare professional.  All serious disease needs a physician.

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