Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is absolutely essential for optimal health. It is so important that most animals and birds can produce their own ascorbic acid and the production increases many folds in the time of stress or illness. Mysteriously, humans and most primate apes lost the ability to make ascorbic acid.
Vitamin C is necessary in many metabolic reactions of the body and is essential for effective function of the immune system, cardiovascular and neurologic systems and in the productions of collagen and connective tissues. It is also a one of the most powerful antioxidants.
In our daily lives, we are constantly exposed to, what we call, oxidative stress. This oxidative stress produces free radical species (tiny molecules) that steal electrons from proteins (enzymes, structural proteins, functional proteins), cells membranes, our DNA and lipids and cause their oxidation. In oppose to free radical that steal electrons, anti-oxidants donate electrons and restore electrical balance in molecules.
Prolong oxidative damage courses:
Degenerative diseases that affect heart, brain, joints and all organs and tissues
Most chronic disease
Sources of oxidative stress include:
Air and water pollution
Pesticides and herbicides
Many pharmaceuticals and anti-neoplastic drugs
Animal protein in food - especially overcooked BBQ which is also rich in carcinogens
As the defense against the attack of free radical species, our cells are equipped with antioxidant systems such as gluthation, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT). These systems, however, can easily become overwhelmed and depleted in today toxic environment.
Vitamin C consumes free radical species and consequently prevents depletion of the intra-cellular anti-oxidants to maintain cellular function at the highest level.
Natural sources of Vitamin C include:
Medical Frontiers recommends 1 to 4 grams a day of Vitamin C for prevention and double the dose in illness.
How much Vitamin C we can take orally? No more than 10 gm or less daily in divided doses. This is due to irritation of the stomach by higher doses of Vitamin C. The solution is intravenous administration.
In high doses given Vitamin C is not only a superb antioxidant (free radical scavenger) but also a chelation agent for heavy metals (removes heavy metals from the system). Heavy metals toxicity is often implicated in heart disease, cancer or neurologic diseases.
Large doses (75 - 100 grams) of intravenous Vitamin C, can be used as supplementation to chemotherapy or radiation in the treatment of cancer.
Indications for IV Vitamin C:
Vitamin C can be combined in infusion with other vitamins or nutraceuticals depending on the problem treated.
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