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Vitamin C for Health

Vitamin C Deficiency

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.

People today are generally consuming enough vitamin C to prevent full-blown scurvy, but intake is not optimal to prevent a multitude of health problems:

What happens to the body with insufficient C?

✔ Connective tissue degenerates - E.g. leads to atherosclerosis in CVD

✔ Capillary walls weaken/hemorrhage

✔ Poor wound healing

 ✔ Bone lesions develop

 ✔ Teeth loosen/fall out

 ✔ May increase gallstone formation

✔ Liver function impaired

Signs of Vitamin C Deficency

✔ Tendency to bruise easily

✔ Visible broken capillaries

Symptoms of Low level Scurvy

 i.e. an ongoing C deficiency

✔ Weakness /Lethargy/Fatigue

✔ Irritability/Reduced capability to tolerate stress

✔ Weight loss

✔ Digestive disorders

✔ Bleeding/painful gums

✔ Gingivitis

✔ Shortness of breath

✔ Aching muscles/bones/ joints in arms and legs

✔ Dry/rough skin (maybe pigmented)

People with a tendency for low tissue levels of vitamin C

✔ Smokers

Pelletier O., Vitamin C status of smokers and non-smokers. Am. J.Clin. Nutr.,1970, 23, 520-4

✔ Elderly

Burr ML et al, Plasma and leucocyte ascorbic acid levels in the elderly. Am. J.Clin. Nutr., 1974, 27, 144-51

✔ People under stressful conditions

✔ Those with liver disease -worsened by toxic effects of treatment medications

✔ High blood copper levels -depletes body's C; copper water pipes are a source of copper

✔ Those with high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, some cancers,atherosclerosis and PAD

Langlois M et al, Serum vitamin C concentration is low in peripheral arterial disease and is associated with inflammation and severity of atherosclerosis. Circulation. 2001;103(14):1863-1868

 

Testing for vitamin C Presence in Tissues

The usual test is to measure C in blood plasma - which more accurately informs about C's presence in the recent diet, not in the body. A better indicator is the concentration of ascorbic acid (AA) in the white blood cells, which parallels tissue concentration. Scurvy is diagnosed when C concentration is 2 mg/L in the white blood platelet layer. An even better method is a saturation test. Without access to these tests, look for signs and symptoms of C deficiency.

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

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