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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

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

Antioxidant

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

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.

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

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 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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ANTIOXIDANTS / VITAMINS

Related Links

Antioxidants - “Oxidant Damage Control”

FOOD / SUPPLEMENTAL ANTIOXIDANTS

Food/Supplemental Antioxidants

VITAMIN A

–   Vitamin A –   “Grass Vitamin”

VITAMIN B

–    Vitamin B9(Folate)

–    Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) –“Energy Vitamin”

VITAMIN C

–    VitaminC –“God's Medicine”

–    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

VITAMIN D

–    Vitamin D –“The Sunshine Vitamin”

VITAMIN E

–    Vitamin E

VITAMIN K

–    Vitamin K –“For Klotting and Kalcium”

–    K against Health Problems

–    How to obtain K?

PHYTONUTRIENTS

–    Dark Chocolate

MAJOR “IN-HOUSE”ANTIOXIDANTS

(Producedinside the body, but can be boosted via diet/supplementation)

–    Glutathione –“King of the Antioxidants"

Nebulizing Glutathione

–   Glutathione Peroxidase

–   Catalase

–   SOD

–   Alpha Lipoic Acid

–    CoEnzyme Q10 –“Spark and Dampener”

CoQ10 Health Benefits