Vitamin C plays a significant role in the health and function of the immune system; supporting white blood cell health and acting as a natural antihistamine helping the body to maintain low inflammation levels. It can even put cancer into remission—but none of the most promising claims for vitamin C are easy to prove. The problem, it turns out, is that all kinds of vitamin C are not equally absorbed.
- Water-soluble and a powerful antioxidant.
- Most mammals synthesize their own vitamin C, but people, monkeys, and guinea pigs must rely upon dietary sources.
- It plays a fundamental role in the making of collagen. Our body requires collagen for the growth and repair of body-tissue cells, blood vessels, bones, gums, and teeth.
- It helps in the body’s intake of iron.
- Measured in milligrams (mg.).
- Used up more quickly under stress situations.
- The RDI/RDA for grown-ups is 60 mg. (higher doses recommended during pregnancy and lactation—70–95 mg.).
- Smokers and older people have a larger need for vitamin C. (Each cigarette destroys 25–100 mg.)
- It prevents the oxidation of bad (LDL) cholesterol.
What It Can Do For You
- Vitamin C heals bleeding gums, wounds, and burns.
- Boosts the effectiveness of drugs taken to treat urinary tract infections.
- Accelerates the body healing following surgery.
- Helps in lowering blood cholesterol.
- Aids in blocking many types of viral and bacterial infections and boosts the immune system.
- Offers protection against many forms of cancer.
- Helps in neutralizing the process of formation of nitrosamines (cancer-causing substances).
- Acts as a natural laxative.
- Lowers occurrence of blood clots in veins.
- Aids in treatment and repression of the common cold.
- Extends life by allowing protein cells to hold together.
- Increases the intake of inorganic iron.
- Reduces effects of many allergy-producing substances.
- Helps lower high blood pressure.
- Prevents scurvy.
Toxicity And Warning Signs Of Excess
Unnecessary intake may produce oxalic acid and uric acid stone structures (to avoid this you should take a sufficient amount of water, magnesium, and vitamin B6) Seldom, very high dosages (over 10 g. daily) can cause bothersome side effects, such as diarrhea, excess urination, and skin redness. If any of these happen, cut back on your dosage. Cancer patients enduring radiation or chemotherapy should stop the usage of Vitamin C since it can change the test results.
Water, cooking, heat, light, oxygen, smoking.
Our bodies tend to excrete in urine substances we take in on a four-hour basis, and this applies especially to water-soluble vitamins such as B and C. On an empty stomach, B and C vitamins can leave the body as quickly as two hours after ingestion.
Because vitamin C is excreted in two to three hours, depending on the quantity of food in the stomach, and it is important to maintain a constant high level of C in the bloodstream at all times, I recommend taking it with breakfast and dinner. Large doses of vitamin C can alter the results of laboratory tests, including Pap smears. If you’re going to have any blood or urine testing, be sure to inform your doctor that you’re taking vitamin C so that no errors will be made in diagnosis. (Vitamin C can mask the presence of blood in stool, compromising screening for colon cancer.) People with diabetes should be aware that testing the urine for sugar could be inaccurate if you’re taking a lot of vitamin C. (But there are testing kits available that aren’t affected by vitamin C. Ask your pharmacist or physician.)
Diabetes medications such as Chlorpropamide (Diabinese™) and sulfa drugs may not be as effective when taken with vitamin C. High doses are not recommended for people with genetic conditions that cause iron overload, like thalassemia and hemochromatosis. If you’re taking over 750 milligrams daily, I suggest a magnesium supplement. Magnesium is an effective deterrent against kidney stones. Carbon monoxide damages vitamin C, so city residents should be definitely up their intake. To maximize the effectiveness of vitamin C, remember that it works best in combination with magnesium, bioflavonoids, and calcium.
Did You Know
- Preparing food in copper pots can destroy vitamin C.
- Enamel, stainless steel, and glass are the best containers for preserving nutrients while cooking.
- Do not use any baking soda when cooking vegetables if you want to benefit from their thiamine and vitamin C.
- Spraying water on vegetables to keep them looking fresh, helps them retain the vitamins. Broccoli, for instance, when sprayed with a fine mist of water, holds almost twice as much of its vitamin C as it would if it weren’t sprayed. Considering that broccoli is a cruciferous, cancer-fighting vegetable, this is something you’ll want to look for when making your selection.
The Power of Liposomal Vitamin C
Maintaining optimal levels of vitamin C is difficult since it is water soluble and hence is excreted out of the body within a very short space of time after ingesting. This inability to maintain optimal levels is a limiting factor to its potential benefit in protecting us from chronic health concerns.
Liposomal vitamin C is a chemical combination of vitamin C and lecithin. Made by shaking vitamin C and lecithin with the help of ultrasound, liposomal vitamin C is converted into a form that not only dissolves in the fluids in your stomach, it also mixes with the healthy fats released by digestion in your small intestine.
Liposomal vitamin C “catches a ride” with healthy fats and is more completely and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Liposomal vitamin C stays in your body longer and accumulates on the outside of cells to protect them against infection. Regular vitamin C is excreted in just a few hours and it’s hard for your body to accumulate enough. But you can take liposomal vitamin C in smaller doses as an antioxidant for fighting the effects of cholesterol or joint health, or in larger doses for treating infections and supporting recovery from cancer.
How to Make Liposomal Vitamin C
Encapsulated liposomal vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant you can take for supporting good health. It is better absorbed than conventional vitamin C tablets. Using an ultrasonic cleaner, vodka, lecithin and vitamin C powder you can make your own!
When you combine something like ascorbic acid powder with a phospholipid, a molecule is created that is similar to our cells, making it easy for these molecules to be absorbed into a cell.
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