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Vitamin C for Health

Vitamin C -“God's Medicine”

“There are more than ten thousand published scientific papers that make it quite clear that there is not one body process (such as what goes on inside cells) and not one disease or syndrome (from the common cold to leprosy) that is not influenced directly or indirectly by vitamin C”

Drs. Cheraskin, Ringsdorf, and Sisley - “THE VITAMIN C CONNECTION”

Important Vitamin C attributes

Antioxidant.  At physiological doses; may act as an oxidant at higher doses.

Required for collagen production in connective tissue throughout the body

Water soluble.   E.g. vitamin C  will remain in soup water;

vitamin C  can not be made in the human body:

Needed Daily.    Can not be stored in the body long-term. The adrenal glands have the highest concentration of vitamin C, which peaks under any type of stress, when vitamin C is mobilized from other body tissues; also, the brain has high priority for the body's vitamin C, which is concentrated in the fluid around neurons up to 100 times higher than blood plasma;

In plants, humans, all animals and fish.   From the largest whale to the smallest amoeba;

Excess, unabsorbed C is excreted from the body.   In sweat and feces, but mainly in the urine;

Overview of Vitamin C Functions in the Body

✔  Water-soluble antioxidant. ✔ Aids healing of wounds and burns
✔ Acts in the synthesis of collagen in connective tissue, cartilage, bone & teeth / Strengthens the walls of the capillaries and other blood vessels ✔  Detoxifies heavy metals, pesticides, and other pollutants
✔  Required in the synthesis of bile acids from cholesterol ✔  Participates in metabolism of certain amino acids to neurotransmitters and steroid hormones
✔ Helps reduce cholesterol levels and high blood pressure ✔ Prevents blood clotting and bruising
✔ Aids iron absorption ✔  Maintains your adrenal cortex and ovaries
✔  Maintains normal tissue growth and repair, cellular oxygen turnover and cell membranes ✔  Stimulates white blood cell immune activity / partially protective against colds and flu, and all infections
✔  Promotes proper calcium absorption ✔  Stimulates interferon (an immune system “weapon”)
✔ Needed for healthy gums ✔ Aids healing of wounds and burns

More details on vitamin C functions

Most humans suffer from chronic subacute scurvy.    Dr. Linus Pauling and his research partner Dr. Mattias Rath determined that CVD is a symptom of a chronic ascorbate deficiency.This author surmises that many other symptoms, including bleeding gums, random nosebleeds, slow healing wounds (E.g. indiabetics), hemorrhages in disease such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis , are also consequences of a low-grade C deficiency, enough to cause weakened connective tissue, but not full-blown scurvy.

Health problems associated with Vitamin C deficiency

✔  Adrenal Insufficiency ✔  Fatigue ✔  Osteoarthritis
✔  Alcoholism ✔  Gallbladder disease ✔  Parkinson's disease
✔  Allergies ✔  Gingivitis ✔  Periodontal disease
✔ Any tissue-related malady ✔  Glaucoma ✔ Peptic ulcers
✔ Asthma ✔  Hepatitis ✔  Peripheral vascular disease
✔  Atherosclerosis ✔ Herpes simplex ✔  Preeclampsia
✔  Auto-immune disorders ✔ Herpes zoster ✔  Menopause
✔ Cancer ✔ High blood pressure ✔ Mitral valve prolapse
✔  Candidiasis ✔ Hives ✔  Multiple sclerosis
✔  Capillary fragility ✔ Infections ✔  Osteoarthritis
✔  Cataracts ✔ Infertility ✔  Parkinson's disease
✔  Cervical dysplasia ✔ Inflammatory disorders ✔  Radiation exposure
✔  Crohn's disease ✔ Eczema ✔  Rheumatoid arthritis
✔ Common Cold ✔  Macular degeneration ✔ Risk of death (all causes)
✔  Coronary Heart Disease ✔  Menopause ✔ Skin ulcers
✔  Depression ✔ Mental Illness ✔ Skin sun damage
✔  Diabetes ✔ Mitral valve prolapse ✔ Sports injuries
✔ Disk Herniation ✔  Multiple sclerosis ✔ Wound healing
✔ Eczema

Details on C Deficiency

Vitamin C Tissue Distribution

Blood Plasma vitamin C level is 10-20 μg /mL

Generally, the metabolically active and developing/fast growing tissues have the highest levels of vitamin C.

Biological tissues accumulating > 100 times the level of blood plasma vitamin C  include: adrenal glands (1600-1700 μg /mL), pituitary, thymus, corpus luteum (involved in estrogen/Progesterone production during pregnancy), and retina.

Those tissues with > 10-50 times the concentration present in blood plasma include: brain (has a double-pump to ensure its vitamin C supply), spleen, lung, testicles, lymph nodes, liver, thyroid, small intestinal mucosa, leukocytes, pancreas, kidney and salivary glands.

Other tissues levels: skeletal Muscles (3-5 x plasma), RBC (3-4 x plasma), WBC (20-30 x plasma), Healing Wounds (high levels)

Pregnancy.   Vitamin C  crosses the placenta; cord blood concentration is ~ 2- 4 times the concentration in maternal blood; Vitamin C is distributed into milk, which contains 40 to 70 µg/mL with mother on normal diet

McEvoy GK, Drug Information The American Hospital Formulary Service, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., MD., 1993

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