Vitamin C. I just can’t say enough about how important this vitamin is to your health.
The most affective forms of vitamin C are Acerola and Ascorbic Acid NOT from highly processed corn or corn syrup.
These forms of vitamin C remove toxins from the water stores within your body better than any other form of vitamin C, and ideally, every cell within your body should be immersed in water.
When your vitamin C levels have successfully reached all of your cells, the excess vitamin C excretes in your stool, which might make it soft or watery.
How Much Vitamin C Do I Take?
Today, there is an ongoing debate on the importance of vitamin C. I support the old school of thought that daily vitamin C is essential for good health and is needed in larger amounts than the current Recommended Daily Allowance, which is merely 60 mg/d.
I take 2,000 mg a day. And, if I am coming down with a cold or something, I take more.
Much like taking B3 Niacin, how much vitamin C you need depends on each individual. When you take too much, you’ll have a loose stool. This means that you should never be constipated if you are saturated in vitamin C.
Don’t Use Vitamin C From Corn
Vitamin C from corn is NOT a good choice. It’s less expensive, but there is a reason – you can have a reaction to corn-based vitamin C that causes IBS, creating nausea, intestinal gas, or cramping.
This is due to the high fructose corn base and not the vitamin itself.
The Importance Of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is important for:
- normal growth and development;
- collagen formation in connective tissues and healthy skin;
- the healing of wounds and the recovery from surgery;
- adrenal gland function and hormone production, especially in times of high stress.
Quality vitamin C helps in:
- proper cholesterol metabolism;
- bile production for good digestion;
- alcohol, drug, and smoking detoxification;
- proper iron absorption;
- protecting against pollution and free radicals.
A deficiency of vitamin C causes a failure of the cementing substance that holds the cells of the body together.
Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so it should be provided every day to keep the body in optimum health.
Vitamin C Deficiency
Diets low in vitamin C:
- constitute fragile bones.
A partial deficiency of vitamin C results in:
- weariness and fatigue;
- fleeting pains in the joints and limbs.
These pains are often mistaken for arthritis in adults and growing pains in children.
A severe deficiency of vitamin C results in scurvy, a severe lack of vitamin C that causes a thinning of the tissue just under the skin. Years ago when people developed spring fever, referred to today as the first sign of “hay fever” and “allergies,” a generous dose of fresh fruits and vegetables, tomatoes, and citrus juices were eaten to relieve the symptoms. Raw vegetables worked well, too.
What Few People Know
Unlike most all other animals, the human body is unable to produce its own vitamin C. Humans, guinea pigs, apes (primates), and one species of bat in India are the only animals known to mankind that are unable to produce vitamin C within their livers.
Now I know why my dog never catches a cold!
A 150-pound animal produces an average of 15 grams of vitamin C every day. When the animal is stressed, the liver produces as much vitamin C as needed to meet the demands on its body.
Some animals have been known to produce up to 100 grams (100,000 mg.) of vitamin C in one day when put under extreme stress. Yet, humans depend on their diet exclusively for their supply of vitamin C. When under stress, we require much more vitamin C than minimal daily requirements.
Cooking destroys vitamin C, so it is important to include in your diet two or more servings of a raw vegetable or fruit every day.
Foods With Vitamin C
The most common foods containing vitamin C are:
- lemons and limes
- raw vegetables
- green peppers
Your body is fueled by basic whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals, fibers, enzymes, amino acids, and proteins providing everything you need to maintain an energetic healthy life.
It’s time to get back to the basics of eating to prevent disease.
For more on vitamin C, read Chapter 5, “The Significance of vitamin C and Cancer” in The Richardson Caner Prevention Diet, free to Hullistic Network members.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.
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