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The Clinical Impact of Vitamin C: My Personal Experiences as a Physician

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Vitamin C Research

Actual cases of flu, mono, lyme disease and more treated with intravenous vitamin C.

Commentary by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

(OMNS Sept 3, 2014) My ongoing relationship with vitamin C now spans a full 20 years, when I first met Dr. Hal Huggins, a pioneering dentist who opened my eyes to a wide array of clinical approaches to different diseases with hitherto unheard-of clinical results at his clinic in Colorado Springs. I can honestly say that my first visit to his clinic began the most meaningful part of my medical education. Nothing has been the same since. My office where I practiced adult cardiology ended up being shuttered shortly after that first visit. And I have never looked back.
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Vitamin Deficiencies that Cause Pain

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Vitamins for Pain

Is your pain being caused by simple vitamin deficiencies? Get it straight before you medicate.

Vitamin deficiencies can cause all sorts of pain, health conditions, and neurological problems. Before masking symptoms with medication, you should be aware of which ones could be caused by a simple vitamin deficiency. This is especially true if you consider that many common medications deplete our vitamin stores or hinder the absorption of vitamins that we are eating or taking. We recommend that you have your doctor check for these specific vitamin deficiencies before resorting to medication to treat your pain.
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“The Many Uses of Calcium” Part 2

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This is a continuation of “The Many Uses of Calcium” Part 1, where we discussed how our bodies use calcium for building bones, clotting blood, keeping teeth and gums healthy, maintaining cell membranes, and for stress management. Learning how we use calcium will help us to realize why it is important to maintain normal levels of calcium in our bodies.

Sleep: Calcium levels are directly linked to your sleep cycles. Our bodies use a lot of calcium during the deepest levels of sleep, particularly REM sleep. If there is not enough calcium present in your body, then REM sleep cannot happen and you’ll wake up. William Sears, M.D. says, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.” Replenishing calcium levels can help many people to get a restful, full night’s sleep.

Heart: Calcium is a necessary part of the heart creating a beat. Calcium creates the beginning of a heart beat and then is sent through calcium channels to other cardiac cells, prompting them to beat. Calcium binds to muscle fibers to trigger the actual contraction of the heart. When calcium levels are too high, it slows down the heart. Current studies are being done to determine if high calcium levels put people at a high risk for heart attack. On the other hand, low calcium levels cause a rapid heartbeat and can damage the heart over time.

Cholesterol: New studies are focused around how calcium can help control cholesterol levels. It is thought that calcium binds to cholesterol in the small intestine, so that it is excreted instead of absorbed.

Muscles: Muscles twitch and cramp if there is an insufficient supply of calcium. Calcium can help to improve neurotransmitter function so that muscles receive the right signals, as well. The right amount of calcium leads to smooth functioning muscles with reduced healing time after exertion.

Energy: Calcium flows into and out of cells at a pace that is just right for cellular function. This signaling is very complex, but if calcium levels are sufficient, it is a smooth functioning system. When there is not enough calcium, the cells can’t produce energy. They’re solution is to consume themselves for energy. This is thought to be a contributing factor in nerve damage, nerve degeneration, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Skin: Calcium regulates skin cell turnover. It also controls the lipid and melanin content of the skin’s cells. Calcium protects the skin from irritants by stimulating antioxidants to prevent damage to skin cells. Calcium is also thought to prevent premature aging of the skin, thinning of the skin, and protect the skin from various cancers.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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“The Many Uses of Calcium” Part 1

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Your body uses calcium for a wide array of functions. We use calcium for maintaining bones, nerves, muscles, and more. We lose a lot of our calcium through sweat and many people don’t get enough calcium to begin with. Use this list to remind yourself of how important calcium is so that you remember to get plenty in your diet or vitamins and supplements routine.

Bones: Children need lots of calcium to build bones and bone mass. As we age, our bodies use calcium for a variety of other reasons. If calcium runs out, our body will draw what it needs from our bones. Bones are not static, fixed structures in the body. They are constantly breaking down and repairing themselves. We need to maintain high enough calcium levels to repair bones when needed.

Blood Clotting: When you are cut or injured, blood needs to clot to prevent bleeding to death. Platelets in the blood stick together and stop the bleeding. Calcium pairs with vitamin K and the protein fibrinogen to form the platelet clot. Without enough calcium in the blood, clotting cannot happen and dangerous bleeding can occur.

Teeth and Gums: Calcium helps to keep bacteria in our mouths from multiplying. When enough calcium is present in the diet, there is less tooth decay. Sugar is known to damage teeth, partially because sugar causes a rapid loss of calcium. Our teeth and gums will usually show signs of decay before osteoporosis sets in. They are great indicators for determining when you are not getting enough calcium in your diet.

Cells: Cell membranes are stabilized and protected by calcium. Calcium is known for helping to protect organ cells, especially the cells of the liver. When calcium levels are sufficient, cell injury and cell death are avoided, helping the body to fight off infection and disease. Calcium also plays a role in regulating nerve signals sent to cells and is thought to protect cells from an overactive immune system and/or invaders.

Stress Management: When we are startled or stressed, cells pull calcium inside of their membranes. When the stressor is gone, the calcium moves back out and magnesium calms the cell. The ratio of calcium to magnesium is very important for regulating stress. Every time a stressful situation occurs, which is multiple times per day for most people, calcium and magnesium are used up. If there is too much calcium or too much magnesium, that imbalance itself causes a stressor in the body, compounding the problem. If you have problems with stress, talk to your doctor about testing your blood to make sure that you are not deficient in calcium or magnesium.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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VITAMIN C AND ACIDITY What Form is Best?

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins and supplements. We are continually impressed with the reports from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and would like to share some of their content with you from time to time. We hope you find it as fascinating as we do!

Read the article below or click on the following link: Vitamin C and Acidity, Orthomolecular

VITAMIN C AND ACIDITY
What Form is Best?

(OMNS, December 8, 2009) Vitamin C is commonly taken in large quantities to improve health and prevent asthma, allergies, viral infection, and heart disease [1,2]. It is non-toxic and non-immunogenic, and does not irritate the stomach as drugs like aspirin can. Yet vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is acidic. So, a common question is, what are the effects from taking large quantities?

Ascorbic acid is a weak acid (pKa= 4.2) [3], only slightly stronger than vinegar. When dissolved in water, vitamin C is sour but less so than citric acid found in lemons and limes. Can large quantities of a weak acid such as ascorbate cause problems in the body? The answer is, sometimes, in some situations. However, with some simple precautions they can be avoided.

Acid in the Mouth
First of all, any acid can etch the surfaces of your teeth. This is the reason the dentist cleans your teeth and warns about plaque, for acid generated by bacteria in the mouth can etch your teeth to cause cavities. Cola soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, actually used by dentists to etch teeth before tooth sealants are applied. Like soft drinks, ascorbic acid will not cause etching of teeth if only briefly present. Often, vitamin C tablets are coated with a tableting ingredient such as magnesium stearate which prevents the ascorbate from dissolving immediately. Swallowing a vitamin C tablet without chewing it prevents its acid from harming tooth enamel.

Chewable Vitamin C Tablets
Chewables are popular because they taste sweet and so are good for encouraging children to take their vitamin C [4]. However, some chewable vitamin C tablets can contain sugar and ascorbic acid which, when chewed, is likely to stick in the crevices of your teeth. So, after chewing a vitamin C tablet, a good bit of advice is to rinse with water or brush your teeth. But the best way is to specifically select non-acidic vitamin C chewables, readily available in stores. Read the label to verify that the chewable is made entirely with non-acidic vitamin C.

Stomach Acidity
People with sensitive stomachs may report discomfort when large doses of vitamin C are taken at levels to prevent an acute viral infection (1,000-3,000 milligrams or more every 20 minutes) [1, 5]. In this case the ascorbic acid in the stomach can build up enough acidity to cause heartburn or a similar reaction. On the other hand, many people report no problems with acidity even when taking 20,000 mg in an hour. The acid normally present in the stomach, hydrochloric acid (HCl), is very strong: dozens of times more acidic than vitamin C. When one has swallowed a huge amount of ascorbate, the digestive tract is sucking it up into the bloodstream as fast as it can, but it may still take a while to do so. Some people report that they seem to sense ascorbic acid tablets “sitting” at the bottom of the stomach as they take time to dissolve. It is fairly easy to fix the problem by using buffered ascorbate, or taking ascorbic acid with food or liquids in a meal or snack. When the amount of vitamin C ingested is more than the gut can absorb, the ascorbate attracts water into the intestines creating a laxative effect. This saturation intake is called bowel tolerance. One should reduce the amount (by 20-50%) when this occurs [1].

Acid Balance in the Body
Does taking large quantities of an acid, even a weak acid like ascorbate, tip the body’s acid balance (pH) causing health problems? No, because the body actively and constantly controls the pH of the bloodstream. The kidneys regulate the acid in the body over a long time period, hours to days, by selectively excreting either acid or basic components in urine. Over a shorter time period, minutes to hours, if the blood is too acid, the autonomic nervous system increases the rate of breathing, thereby removing more carbon dioxide from the blood, reducing its acidity. Some foods can indirectly cause acidity. For example, when more protein is eaten than necessary for maintenance and growth, it is metabolized into acid, which must be removed by the kidneys, generally as uric acid. In this case, calcium and/or magnesium are excreted along with the acid in the urine which can deplete our supplies of calcium and magnesium [6]. However, because ascorbic acid is a weak acid, we can tolerate a lot before it will much affect the body’s acidity. Although there have been allegations about vitamin C supposedly causing kidney stones, there is no evidence for this, and its acidity and diuretic tendency actually tends to reduce kidney stones in most people who are prone to them [1,7]. Ascorbic acid dissolves calcium phosphate stones and dissolves struvite stones. Additionally, while vitamin C does increase oxalate excretion, vitamin C simultaneously inhibits the union of calcium and oxalate. [1,2].

Forms of Vitamin C
Ascorbate comes in many forms, each with a particular advantage. Ascorbic acid is the least expensive and can be purchased as tablets, timed release tablets, or powder. The larger tablets (1000-1500 mg) are convenient and relatively inexpensive. Timed-release tablets contain a long-chain carbohydrate which delays the stomach in dissolving the ascorbate, which is then released over a period of hours. This may have an advantage for maintaining a high level in the bloodstream. Ascorbic acid powder or crystals can be purchased in bulk relatively inexpensively. Pure powder is more quickly dissolved than tablets and therefore can be absorbed somewhat faster by the body. Linus Pauling favored taking pure ascorbic acid, as it is entirely free of tableting excipients.

Buffered Ascorbate
A fraction of a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) has long been used as a safe and effective antacid which immediately lowers stomach acidity. When sodium bicarbonate is added to ascorbic acid, the bicarbonate fizzes (emitting carbon dioxide) which then releases the sodium to neutralize the acidity of the ascorbate.

Calcium ascorbate can be purchased as a powder and readily dissolves in water or juice. In this buffered form ascorbate is completely safe for the mouth and sensitive stomach and can be applied directly to the gums to help heal infections [8]. It is a little more expensive than the equivalent ascorbic acid and bicarbonate but more convenient. Calcium ascorbate has the advantage of being non-acidic. It has a slightly metallic taste and is astringent but not sour like ascorbic acid. 1000 mg of calcium ascorbate contains about 110 mg of calcium.

Other forms of buffered ascorbate include sodium ascorbate and magnesium ascorbate [9]. Most adults need 800 – 1200 mg of calcium and 400-600 mg of magnesium daily [6]. The label on the bottle of all these buffered ascorbates details how much “elemental” mineral is contained in a teaspoonful. They cost a little more than ascorbic acid.

Buffered forms of ascorbate are often better tolerated at higher doses than ascorbic acid, but they appear not to be as effective for preventing the acute symptoms of a cold. This may be because after they are absorbed they require absorbing an electron from the body to become effective as native ascorbate [1]. Some of types of vitamin C are proprietary formulas that claim benefits over standard vitamin C [9].

Liposomal Vitamin C
Recently a revolutionary form of ascorbate has become available. This form of vitamin C is packaged inside nano-scale phospholipid spheres (“liposomes”), much like a cell membrane protects its contents. The lipid spheres protect the vitamin C from degradation by the environment and are absorbed more quickly into the bloodstream. Liposomes are also known to facilitate intracellular uptake of their contents, which can cause an added clinical impact when delivering something such as vitamin C. This form is supposed to be 5-10 fold more absorbable than straight ascorbic acid. It is more expensive than ascorbic acid tablets or powder.

Ascorbyl Palmitate
Ascorbyl palmitate is composed of an ascorbate molecule bound to a palmitic acid molecule. It is amphipathic, meaning that it can dissolve in either water or fat, like the fatty acids in cell membranes. It is widely used as an antioxidant in processed foods, and used in topical creams where it is thought to be more stable than vitamin C. However, when ingested, the ascorbate component of ascorbyl palmitate is thought to be decomposed into the ascorbate and palmitic acid molecules so its special amphipathic quality is lost. It is also more expensive than ascorbic acid.

Natural Ascorbate
Natural forms of ascorbate derived from plants are available. Acerola, the “Barbados cherry,” contains a large amount of vitamin C, depending on its ripeness, and was traditionally used to fight off colds. Tablets of vitamin C purified from acerola or rose hips are available but are generally low-dose and considerably more expensive than ascorbic acid. Although some people strongly advocate this type, Pauling and many others have stated that such naturally-derived vitamin C is no better than pure commercial ascorbate [2,9]. Bioflavonoids are antioxidants found in citrus fruits or rose hips and are thought to improve uptake and utilization of vitamin C. Generally, supplement tablets that contain bioflavonoids do not have enough to make much difference. For consumers on a budget, the best policy may be to buy vitamin C inexpensively whether or not it also contains bioflavonoids. Citrus fruits, peppers, and a number of other fruits and vegetables contain large quantities of bioflavinoids. This is one more reason to eat right as well as supplement.

References:

[1] Hickey S, Saul AW (2008) Vitamin C: The Real Story, the Remarkable and Controversial Healing Factor. ISBN-13: 9781591202233

[2] Pauling L (1986) How to Live Longer and Feel Better, by Linus Pauling (Revised version, 2006) ISBN-13: 9780870710964

[3] Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (2004), CRC Press, ISBN-13: 978-0849304859

[4] http://www.doctoryourself.com/megakid.html (Ideas on how to get children to take vitamin C.)

[5] Cathcart RF (1981) Vitamin C, titrating to bowel tolerance, anascorbemia, and acute induced scurvy. Med Hypotheses. 7:1359-1376.

[6] Dean C (2006) The Magnesium Miracle. (2006) ISBN-13: 9780345494580

[7] http://www.doctoryourself.com/kidney.html

[8] http://www.doctoryourself.com/gums.html (Healing gums with buffered ascorbate.)
See also: Riordan HD, Jackson, JA (1991) Topical ascorbate stops prolonged bleeding from tooth extraction. J Orthomolecular Med, 6:3-4, p 202. http://www.orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1991/pdf/1991-v06n03&04-p202.pdf or http://www.doctoryourself.com/news/v3n18.txt

[9] http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/vitCform.html (Information about different forms of vitamin C)

[10] http://www.doctoryourself.com/bioflavinoids.html

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Should Kids Take Vitamin C?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Vitamin C plays many roles in the human body beyond boosting immunity. Children especially can benefit from getting enough vitamin C to support their growing bodies and developing systems. You may be surprised what all appropriate vitamin C levels can do for your children.

Vitamin C helps the adrenal glands to produce stress coping hormones. Cortisol levels are regulated when vitamin C is present, helping to reduce the amount of physical and emotional stress on the body. Learning impairment, memory problems, and depression are caused by an imbalance in stress hormones. Vitamin C studies show that cortisol levels are greatly reduced when levels are good, even in the face of repeated highly stressful situations.

Vitamin C is necessary for growth. Growth hormones are produced when appropriate levels of vitamin C are present in the blood. Obesity and diabetes are associated with reduced amounts of growth hormones. Long-term vitamin C deficiencies can cause growth hormone secretion abnormalities that can have a very negative effect on the health of your children.

Vitamin C helps bones to grow. It helps to maintain a good balance between old bone resorption and new bone formation. High vitamin C intake is associated with lower fracture rates and higher bone mass. It is considered “critical” for maintaining healthy bones, teeth and gums, especially in growing and developing children.

Vitamin C is needed to detoxify the body of harmful chemicals. It protects cells from environmental assaults and free radicals. It sweeps the blood of dangerous toxins and helps to keep cells healthy. This, in turn, keeps levels of inflammation down, preventing a multitude of inflammatory induced diseases.

Vitamin C is great for allergies. Allergy medications are either antihistamines or histamine blockers. Vitamin C is both. This means that it not only keeps histamines from forming, but it also blocks the histamine receptors. It calms and regulates the body’s allergy response, which is great for overactive or underactive immune systems.

Vitamin C boosts the immune system. It not only helps the body react appropriately to invaders, it also helps to keep cells from letting them in. It doesn’t kill viruses, but it does keep them from producing the chemicals that they need to reproduce. When viruses are contracted and enough vitamin C is present, children may not exhibit any symptoms of illness. Their immune systems will simply take the time that they need to create an immunity to the virus that is present, but the virus won’t be allowed to invade cells and replicate like they would in the absence of vitamin C.

Speak with your child’s doctor about using any vitamins and supplements. The best vitamin C is generally one that is buffered, non-acidic, and comes in the form of a vitamin C powder.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Vitamin News: Vitamin D Does Not Take the Place of UVB Exposure

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

There are five different forms of vitamin D, two of which are important to humans. There are major differences in the two, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, which you may or may not be aware of. Taking the wrong one can be more detrimental than beneficial to your health. If your milk, calcium supplement, or standard vitamin D supplement simply says “vitamin D”, then you may want to take a look at the label.

A staggering number of Americans are considered clinically vitamin D deficient while an astounding number are considered to be in the insufficient range. This includes children who are exposed to sunlight and drink milk and/or orange juice with added vitamin D almost every day. Even a lot of adults that regularly take a daily vitamin D supplement are deficient.

How can this be? Without a blood test from your doctor, you may be putting your health at a major risk, all while thinking that you are being diligent about your vitamin D intake. Supplemental vitamin D comes in two different forms; ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

The synthetic form of vitamin D2, comes from passing plant matter and fungus through a radiation treatment. This is the vitamin D typically added to orange juice, milk, and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D2 can be obtained from plant sources.

Vitamin D3 can be obtained (in small amounts) from animal sources, such as egg yolks and non-pasteurized full-fat milk. While both vitamin D2 and D3 must be converted by the body into active forms, vitamin D3 is converted 500% faster than D2 according to a report by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. They also report that vitamin D3 is 87% more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2-3 fold greater storage of vitamin D.

Once your sources of vitamin D are converted into their active forms, sunlight is necessary to transform them into cholesterol sulfate. This means that, contrary to prior medical beliefs, supplementing with vitamin D does not completely replace the need for sun exposure. In fact, recent studies on the importance of cholesterol sulfate show that without sufficient UVB sun exposure, about 30 minutes per week, the body compensates by producing LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Doctors and researchers are now linking heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, autism, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes to a lack of vitamin D3 in the diet and inadequate UVB exposure.

This may sound overwhelming, but when you consider that the proposed 30 minutes of UVB sunlight exposure per week requirement must happen when the UV index is above 3, then you may start to realize why diseases such as these, increase in prevalence as you move away from the equator. Most of the United States only experiences this level of sunlight intensity for about 1-2 months of the year.

These diseases and more are being linked to inadequate vitamin D levels because vitamin D is responsible for an astounding number or processes in the body. It is a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences almost 3,000 different genes and has receptors in nearly every cell of your body. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, including broad-spectrum antibiotics, regulates the immune system and controls chronic inflammation.

Many doctors now recommend “safe” tanning bed use for obtaining adequate vitamin D3 levels. UVA rays are harmful, but beds that only produce UVB rays can be very effective forms of treatment.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.jlr.org/content/44/7/1268.abstract
http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/96/3/E447.abstract
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

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Why Do I Need Vitamin C?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Vitamin C does a lot more than help you to get over or avoid the common cold and flu. It is a potent antioxidant that is critical in helping your body to carry out many of its normal processes. Since vitamin C can only be consumed through diet or vitamins and supplements, it is necessary to consider what you could be doing to your body by failing to get enough.

Vitamin C is responsible for the function and repair of your bones, lungs, circulatory system, joints, immune system, and more. The recommended daily allowance by the government is just enough to keep a perfectly healthy person from developing a deficiency disease, such as scurvy. If you are exposed to any type of pollutant, allergen, chemical, or food additive then your daily requirement to stay healthy increases. Even stress and exercise produce free radicals that lead to oxidative stress, greatly increasing the need for vitamin C.

Free radicals are responsible for creating infection. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, protects cells, proteins and lipids from free radical damage. It also improves the function and life span of immune cells. This helps the body to defend itself from almost every infectious disease. It also has a dramatic effect on existing infections. An article in Life Extension Magazine reported that “studies of vitamin C supplementation in military personnel and other subjects living in close quarters have shown that pneumonia occurred a remarkable 80-100% less often in subjects taking vitamin C than in those who did not supplement with the vitamin”.

Vitamin C is also responsible for the production of collagen and elastin, which are the major components of connective tissues all over your body. All of your bones, joints, blood vessels and organs are constantly experiencing cell death and renewal. They are in constant need of collagen and elastin to repair themselves. Without enough, we experience unhealthy aging, cancers, high cholesterol, degraded neurotransmitters, improper hormone production, and a long list of inflammatory, degenerative, and infectious diseases.

Vitamin C is needed to properly produce cells, absorb calcium and iron, and prevent diseases such as cataracts, cancer, and heart disease. It also is necessary to regulate blood clotting, which prevents clotting and bleeding disorders.

Ascorbic acid is needed for dental health as well. Your gums are generally the first place that you will notice a difference if you’re not getting enough vitamin C. They are made up almost entirely of connective tissue that is stressed every time you bite down or clench your teeth. You may notice your gums most dramatically turning red, swelling, receding, or bleeding around the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw. This is because the gums experience the most stress in these areas. Gums that are inflamed or weak due to a lack of vitamin C are susceptible to gum disease. Gum disease starts as plaque, which recent studies have shown cannot form if proper levels of vitamin C are maintained. Even sailors in the 18th century knew that if their gums started bleeding that they were in danger of scurvy. This is still why many doctors use the health of your gums to determine if you’re on your way to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, lung dysfunction, high blood pressure, stroke, and many other health problems.

Ask your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C. If you have stomach or digestive issues, you can take a buffered form of vitamin C that is non-acidic, like sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder.

Sources:
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/oct2006_report_vitaminc_01.htm
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/gum_disease.htm

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About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Vitamin C Vital to Dental Health

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Bleeding gums are not only a sign of poor dental health, but also a sign of low vitamin C levels. Scurvy, or vitamin C deficiency, is characterized by hair and tooth loss, joint pain and swelling, bleeding, bruising easily, and fatigue. This is because vitamin C is needed to create collagen, the connective tissue that binds together everything in our bodies. Without it, you literally begin to fall apart.

Our bodies are constantly breaking down old tissues and rebuilding new ones with collagen. Even our bones go through this process. Because the gums use so much collagen, you will quickly notice if they’re not getting enough. It has been established that our gums turn over about 20% of their collagen every day.

Collagen builds up the gums, giving them the strength and health that they need to support circulation and tooth adherence. Receding gums also contribute to a receding gum line and tooth sensitivity that can be quickly overcome or vastly improved by consuming adequate amounts of vitamin C. Every time our teeth touch each other they use a little vitamin C. This is why you will notice that the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw will have the most gum recession, decay, and plaque. People that grind or clench their teeth will especially notice extra sensitivity and gum problems because of their increased need for vitamin C every day.

Inadequate vitamin C can lead to periodontal disease by opening up the tooth “pockets”. This can cause the gums to bleed and the teeth to fall out, but still at a slower rate than vitamin C deficiency does. Vitamin C keeps the bone around the root of the tooth from shrinking and causing the tooth to loosen by allowing the absorption of calcium into the bone and keeping the bone and tooth matrix strong.

Vitamin C also inhibits the formation of plaque and tartar. In the same manor that vitamin C removes plaque from artery walls and prevents new plaque from forming, it prevents and removes plaque from teeth. In fact, it has been referred to as the “invisible toothbrush” because in studies, people that only brushed their teeth once per day and consumed higher amounts of vitamin C had less plaque and bacteria on their teeth than the other participants that brushed their teeth two or more times per day. Pay attention to your gums if you start supplementing. You could notice your gums tightening as early as the first day.

The “Recommended Daily Allowance” of vitamins is based on the prevention of deficiency and scurvy in a perfectly healthy person, not the individual needs of someone specific. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, an average amount needed per day to prevent heart disease, periodontal disease and cancer is around 10,000 mg per day. That’s the equivalent of about 100 large oranges per day or 72 cups of orange juice per day. It’s no wonder that over 95% of Americans have tooth decay, periodontal disease or gingivitis.

The best vitamin C for dental health is sodium ascorbate. Mineral ascorbates, or mineral salts of sodium ascorbate, lack the acidity of other forms of vitamin C, therefore causing less tooth erosion and stomach discomfort in higher doses. If you take vitamin C in the form of calcium ascorbate, make sure that you do not exceed 2500 mg of calcium in a 24 hour period. Because of the dangers of overdosing on calcium, sodium ascorbate, like the vitamin c found in our vitamin C powder, is recommended for higher vitamin C intakes.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.cforyourself.com/Conditions/Dental_Health/dental_health.html
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/
http://www.doctoryourself.com/toothbrush.html
http://osteoporosis.emedtv.com/calcium/calcium-overdose.html
http://www.gum-disease-teeth-oral-ada.com/ascorbate.htm

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How to Maximize Your Vitamin C Benefits

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Learning how to correctly take your vitamin C can help you to increase the benefits that you get from it. Vitamin C will give you protection from scurvy at minimal levels, but won’t necessarily provide you with symptom relief or protection from major diseases unless it is taken at a high enough level. It’s hard to say what the correct “daily requirement” of vitamin C is because everyone has a different level of stress or disease in their body. Therefore, learning how to find the right dosage for your condition and your body can be greatly beneficial.

In general, bowel tolerance of ascorbic acid is proportionate to the toxicity of your disease. In other words, you won’t eliminate excess vitamin C until it’s out of things to correct in your body. Therefore, a daily dose when you’re healthy can range anywhere from 1 to 20 grams per day, depending on the condition and need of your body. One study showed that people with influenza (the flu) or mononucleosis (mono), could take up to 200 grams of vitamin C daily without stomach discomfort or diarrhea. In fact, for severe illnesses such as these, marked improvement was not shown until the dosage of ascorbic acid reached near the bowel tolerance level. The reason that you may not feel better when taking smaller doses of vitamin C is that it is quickly destroyed by injured tissues, disease, and stress. Think of it as trying to wash mud off of your arm with only a few drops of water. It may get smeared around, but the mud is still there. Only with larger and larger amounts of water would you be able to clean off the mud.

Vitamin C works by scavenging free radicals produced by stress, infection, inflammation, germs, bacteria, illness and disease. Not only do diseases and injuries cause damaging free radicals to form, they also lead to the formation of other diseases. Almost every disease is caused by and/or produces free radicals. Infection, heart disease, cancer, burns, trauma, aging, allergies, and autoimmune diseases are all included.

Taking vitamin C daily can vastly reduce your chances of developing a giant list of health conditions. Vitamin C is very sensitive to stress and is generally the first vitamin to be depleted by it. Without enough vitamin C in your system daily, stress can take its toll on your immune system very quickly. Vitamin C is known to bring balance to an overactive or weakened immune system. It does the same for your stress response, helping to control anxiety, overproduction of cortisol (stress hormone), and inflammation.

Many people don’t realize that vitamin C is required by our bodies daily to maintain cartilage, bones and teeth. It is also necessary for producing collagen, absorbing iron, and controlling cholesterol levels. Our bodies go from growing and developing to breaking down and aging. Our cells and connective tissues, even bone, are always regenerating. If enough vitamin C isn’t available for the production of collagen and elastin, our bodies will improvise by using hard, inflexible cholesterol plaques to repair tiny tears and injuries. This is how arteries harden, joints become more prone to damage, and wrinkles form.

Talk with your doctor about supplementing with the best vitamin C, sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder. This highly absorbable, non-acidic form of vitamin C is the most economical and easiest way to get your perfect daily dose of vitamin C.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:
http://www.mall-net.com/cathcart/faces.html
http://www.cforyourself.com/Overview/Primer/What_C_Does/why_take_c.html
http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c?page=3