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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”


On this page:

  Overview of Vitamin C Functions in the Body

  Important Vitamin C attributes

  Tissues Containing High Levels of Vitamin C

  Vitamin C Deficiency



Vitamin C-related Links:

 C Functions/Benefits in detail

 Man does not produce C

 Food sources of C

  How to supplement C

 Rath-Pauling therapy (strengthen connective tissue and Reverse atherosclerosis/CVD)

  Vitamin C Chemistry






Overview of Vitamin C Functions in the Body


    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






Health problems associated with Vitamin C deficiency

    Adrenal Insufficiency




    Gallbladder disease

    Parkinson's disease



    Periodontal disease

    Any tissue-related malady


    Peptic ulcers



    Peripheral vascular disease


    Herpes simplex


    Auto-immune disorders

    Herpes zoster



    High blood pressure

    Mitral valve prolapse



    Multiple sclerosis

    Capillary fragility





    Parkinson's disease

    Cervical dysplasia

    Inflammatory disorders

    Radiation exposure

    Crohn's disease


    Rheumatoid arthritis

    Common Cold

    Macular degeneration

    Risk of death (all causes)

    Coronary Heart Disease


    Skin ulcers


    Mental Illness

    Skin sun damage


    Mitral valve prolapse

    Sports injuries

    Disk Herniation

    Multiple sclerosis

    Wound healing





      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. in  diabetics), 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.



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;


      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;



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


Vitamin C Deficiency


      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 C Deficency


         Tendency to bruise easily

         Visible broken capillaries


      Symptoms of Low level Scurvy – i.e. ongoing C deficiency


         Weakness /Lethargy/Fatigue

         Irritability/Reduced capability to tolerate stress

         Weight loss

         Digestive disorders

         Bleeding/painful gums


         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



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


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 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.



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-     Man does not produce C

-    Food sources of C

-     How to supplement C

-     Rath-Pauling Therapy

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-    Vitamin C Chemistry


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