A Case For Vitamin C

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This week I highlight the MANY benefits of good ol’ vitamin C. Vitamin C is a mother nutrient, capable of influencing many parts of the human body. My goal is to inspire you to increase your intake of vitamin C foods, supplements, and ( if relevant), consider intravenous vitamin C therapy.

Through a dear patient of mine, I was introduced to the Riordan Clinic. Their  primary focus is on the use of high-dose intravenous vitamin C to treat a wide variety of conditions. Through their guidance, I have been collaboratively working to administer daily treatments of high dose IVC to a patient needing a lot of support.

Vitamin C is an ESSENTIAL micronutrient for humans; we must obtain it from our food. It has multiple functions in the body and all of them are related to its ability to donate electrons. All disease stems from underlying oxidation; oxidation from pesticides, heavy metals, toxins, infection, etc. Vitamin C quells oxidation by donating electrons to needed molecules.

Here are my top three reasons for integrating vitamin C:

  • It Enhances immune function. Vitamin C supports your body’s barriers against unwanted pathogens while enhancing your ability for defense. It can accumulate in certain white blood cells, further enhancing your ability to clear injection and promote tissue healing. In fact, vitamin C deficiency results in impaired immunity with higher risk for infections (1).

Here’s a tip: Give it to your kid before and after an immunization. Vitamin C enhances antibody production and complement, therefore enhancing the efficacy of the immunization. Dr. Levy from the Riordan Clinic recommends several grams of vitamin C before and several grams after the immunization; liposomal form is preferred.

  • Direct anti-pathogen properties.  A total of 148 animal studies show that vitamin C can alleviate or prevent infections caused by bacteria, virus, and protozoa. Make sure you’re dosing high enough. Vitamin C was found to lower the duration of the common code at 6-8 grams per day but not 3-4 grams per day. 6-8 grams is a significant dose; most of us don’t take enough to get the desired effects (2).

  • Neutralizes toxins by dealing with toxic elements like mercury (3), lead (4), and chromium. Toxic elements cause damage by oxidation and vitamin C donates an electron thereby, eliminating the damaging effect.

Vitamin C can get you out of an inebriated state of alcohol toxicity by neutralizing metabolites of alcohol that cause oxidative damage to the body and brain (5).

Here are some foods that are high in Vitamin C --

  • Sweet raw red pepper

  • Orange

  • Grapefruit

  • Kiwi

  • Sweet raw green pepper

  • Broccoli

  • Strawberries

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Tomato juice

  • Cantaloupe

Thanks for reading! I’ve been knee deep in vitamin C study and I love the opportunity to share with YOU!

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29099763

  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5409678/

  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6940480

  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3875841/

  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11379344