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Vitamin C

Do you supplement with vitamin C?

As we’ve been told by our doctors, vitamin C should only be taken during the winter seasons, and sickness because it can be acidic to the body. However, many more would say that this water-soluble vitamin should be supplemented with every single day for so many reasons.

This vitamin has way more functions and benefits than just curing the common cold. It helps maintain and form collagen, which is important for strong bones, hair, skin and nails. It supports the immune system, connective tissues, cholesterol, thyroid, brain, heart, lungs, and so much more. Vitamin C helps to protect the brain from oxidation of dopamine, and adrenaline to adrenochrome- it is so important for mental health and brain function. Vitamin C helps to reduce inflammation, stress, heavy metals, toxins, and pesticides. It also kills abnormal cells, which makes its role extremely important in fighting disease and cancer. Vitamin C appears to be similar to sugar in the body, so as cancer cells move towards this “sugar molecule”, vitamin C works to attack the cancer cell. Vitamin C is also important in maintaining proper electrolyte balance, and it helps to speed up the healing process from bruises all the way to the after math of surgery. If you workout, vitamin C would be very beneficial for you as well, as working out causes a huge stress on the body and makes you more susceptible in getting sick. This vitamin also helps to decrease the withdrawals from drugs. It is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and one of the most powerful antioxidants.

As mentioned above, vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that the body excretes what it doesn’t need. However, every single part of your body needs vitamin C, and especially the brain. Within four hours, the body uses up all of the vitamin C that it has been provided with. If your noticing that your body isn’t utilizing this vitamin, (you can tell this by the colour of your urine) this will most likely mean that your digestive system is not working as effectively as it should be. This could be a sign of dybiosis or leaky gut. Since this vitamin does not get stored in the body, it is extremely important to supplement with it more than once a day.

Some examples of foods that contain vitamin C are: Oranges, berries, red peppers, broccoli, and grapefruit juice. Although we can get vitamin C from our foods, this vitamin is extremely unstable. Just from being picked off of a tree, oranges lose at least 20% of their vitamin C, and by the time they are delivered to the supermarket, they have lost over half of their potency. vitamin C is also lost as soon as it is heated or stored, and will oxidize. Tropicana is not a good source of vitamin C, regardless of their marketing. Tropicana is rich in sugar and chemicals. Roughly, 20 organic whole oranges will equal about 1g of Vitamin C. This is why supplementing with vitamin C is a lot more convenient.

Dosing for vitamin C depends solely on the reason for taking it. If you’re taking it to maintain overall health, 1-2 grams every four hours would be an ideal range. When you’re trying to get over a cold, supplementing 2-3 grams every four hours even after the cold vanishes is best. When it gets to serious illness, some individuals will need to supplement 10-20 grams a day. Keep in mind that vitamin C is a natural laxative and can cause diarrhea if too much is taken. Start slow, and work your way up. The Vitamin C supplement that I take is a whole food based vitamin c known as camu camu berry. Camu absorbs 40 times more than any other vitamin c supplement on the market.

Personally, I would not invest in the “time release” tablets, as they do not provide enough Vitamin C for the duration of it being in the body. I purchased this by accident before, and found it to be way less effective. Time release means that the vitamin will expose about 200 mg every hour in the body, instead of the 1g right away.

Vitamin C is safe for every individual unless you are taking medication for diabetes or are experiencing symptoms of gout. Vitamin C will increase uric acid in gout, so dosing of vitamin C should either be regulated or cut out of the protocol completely.

I would strongly recommend trying out this supplement, as it is an extremely important factor to a healthier lifestyle and creates a safer internal environment for the body.

 

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