Posts Tagged ‘sodium ascorbate’

Stroke Morbidity Tripled for Anemic Patients

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Iron is necessary for oxygen to be transported in the blood. Iron binds to oxygen in the bloodstream and carries it to all of the cells in the body that need the oxygen molecules to perform. Without iron, oxygen cannot be delivered to cells and the cells die.

Iron is also needed to diffuse oxygen through muscle cells, providing us with energy when we need it. Iron is used in DNA synthesis and cell division; helping your body to age more slowly and renew itself when necessary. Iron is also necessary for producing connective tissues, neurotransmitters, and maintaining the immune system.

Iron deficiency can cause anemia, the condition of having a low red blood cell count or low quantity of hemoglobin. Symptoms include fatigue, paleness, fast or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, cognitive or learning problems, cold hands and feet, and headaches.

Studies on anemia have shown that people who have a heart attack, heart failure, or kidney disease are more likely to die within a year if they are anemic. Stroke patients are now being added to that list and anemia is considered a “potent predictor of dying throughout the first year after a stroke” according to Jason Sico, M.D., lead researcher and assistant professor of neurology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

The study was conducted on 3,750 men treated for their first ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. The study reported the following:

1) Patients with severe anemia were 3.5 times more likely to die while still in the hospital and 2.5 times more likely to die within a year.

2) Stroke survivors with moderate anemia were twice as likely to die within six to 12 months after a stroke.

3) People with mild anemia were about 1.5 times more likely to die within six to 12 months after a stroke.

An important thing to remember when trying to keep up your iron levels is that lots of minerals compete for iron uptake in the digestive tract. Many people believe they are taking enough iron, but then their other supplements are preventing the iron from being absorbed. Calcium is the main culprit in iron not being properly absorbed.

On the other hand, there are vitamins that can help iron to be absorbed. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is a potent enhancer of iron absorption. Studies have shown that vitamin C added to a meal can increase iron absorption by up to five times.

To avoid the interaction between calcium and iron, the National Institutes of Health recommends taking calcium supplements at bedtime. This brings to question the best vitamin C supplements to take with your meals for maximum iron absorption.

Most vitamin C supplements on the market are calcium ascorbate, which gives you a healthy dose of calcium with your vitamin C. There are buffered vitamin C products that are much easier on the stomach and more beneficial to take with meals, two of which are sodium ascorbate and C-Salts. Or, if you can tolerate the acidity of vitamin C without a buffering agent then pure vitamin C powder may the best vitamin C supplement option for you.

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!

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anemia/ds00321/dsection=symptoms
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120202094558.htm
http://www.anemia.org/patients/feature-articles/content.php?contentid=000441&sectionid=00015
http://www.noharmfoundation.org/?page_id=387
http://www.livestrong.com/article/195033-what-supplements-can-interfere-with-iron-absorption/
http://www.chemistry.wustl.edu/~courses/genchem/Tutorials/Ferritin/IronBody.htm

Reprinting:

This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.

Reversing Degenerative Disc Disease

Monday, April 30th, 2012

If you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you just have to accept the fact that you will always have a bad back or neck and that there is nothing you can do about it without surgery. Most people automatically lose faith in healing the discs in their spine when they hear the word “degenerative” and assume that this means “it’s all downhill from here”. It’s just simply not true.

Most doctors will briefly explain that degenerative disc disease is basically due to aging. As we age, our spines break down, discs lose cushioning, and eventually surgery is needed. Even then, there is a chance that the surgery will not help, decrease mobility, or even increase the pain. While surgery is necessary for many people, it doesn’t change the fact that you can fight degenerative disc disease and in some cases, completely reverse the damage.

Think of the discs in your back as jelly-filled donuts. They’re like a cushion, almost liquid in the center, with a more firm layer that is still flexible on the outside. These discs are shock absorbers for the spine. Every time we twist, sit, lift, walk, lie down, or do pretty much anything, these discs are put to work. Disc degeneration is most often seen in the neck or lumbar spine, or lower back, because these areas take on the most stress for most common movements.

Our spinal discs are composed of connective tissues, just like our organs, skin, and bones. These tissues are constantly breaking down, experiencing normal cell death, stress and injury. If your discs are breaking down faster than your body can regenerate healthy cells, then the outer layer of the disc begins to thin out. This is when the gooey center of the disc can experience too much pressure and start to balloon out further than normal. This is what causes bulging discs, herniated discs, and pinched nerves.

When we experience a break down in our discs, our bodies react with inflammation to direct collagen and elastin to the correct areas for repair. Collagen and elastin create new, soft, flexible, strong tissues that give damaged discs a new lease on life. If collagen and elastin are not available, then hard, weak, brittle patches are formed from cholesterol to correct damage. This is also the process that contributes to hardened arteries.

To produce collagen and elastin, our bodies need a sufficient amount of vitamin C. We stress “sufficient” because what is generally accepted as a recommended daily allowance is actually only the amount needed for a healthy person to avoid becoming deficient. Since vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, must be consumed through diet or vitamins and supplements, it is easy to become deficient. The more stress, inflammation, chemicals, infections, diseases, or allergens we’re exposed to, the more vitamin C we need.

Vitamin C deficiency is recognized by many doctors and researchers as the underlying cause of a majority of degenerative, infectious, and inflammatory diseases. Ask your doctor about supplementing with the best vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder or calcium ascorbate. Higher dosages than you think may be needed to correct your degenerative disc problem, so work with your doctor on monitoring your health and progress.

Reprinting:

This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.

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!

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

Reprinting:
This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.

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 AND ACIDITY

Tuesday, April 3rd, 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!

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

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org

The peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service is a non-profit and non-commercial informational resource.

Editorial Review Board:

Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
Damien Downing, M.D.
Michael Gonzalez, D.Sc., Ph.D.
Steve Hickey, Ph.D.
James A. Jackson, PhD
Bo H. Jonsson, MD, Ph.D
Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D.
Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, Pharm.D.
Erik Paterson, M.D.
Gert E. Shuitemaker, Ph.D.

Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., Editor and contact person. Email: [email protected]

Original post at http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v05n10.shtml

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

Reprinting:

This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.

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

Vitamin Deficiencies that Cause Psychiatric Symptoms

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Depression, anxiety, panic, hostility, paranoid behaviors, mania, and forgetfulness only begin the long list of symptoms that can be caused or exasperated by vitamin deficiencies. If you are experiencing any of these types of problems, you owe it to yourself to get tested. A supplement may be all that you need to take control of your own mind and body. Vitamins and supplements aren’t likely to solve all of your problems, but they can often make medicinal treatments more effective, or help you to gain control of your emotions so that you can better handle life’s challenges.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Thiamine deficiency is very common in psychiatric patients. It is associated with anxiety, depression, fearfulness, agitation, emotional instability, irritability, and night terrors. It is most common in alcoholics and patients that are malnourished. Agoraphobic patients and patients with anxiety disorders are often thiamine deficient.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Riboflavin deficiencies can affect mood, behavior, sleep, memory, and concentration. Patients commonly are aggressive, depressed, anxious, and suffer from panic attacks and migraines. Reduced levels of riboflavin inhibit the body’s use of a lot of medications and oxidative stress is often a problem.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Niacin deficiencies are noted in many cases of schizophrenia, chronic fatigue, insomnia and chronic headache. Memory problems are also common in patients with this deficiency.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

Vitamin B5 deficiency is rare. Sufferers may experience excessively hot feet, recurring upper respiratory infections, fatigue, insomnia, depression, irritability, vomiting, or stomach pains. Vitamin B5 is sometimes referred to as the “anti-stress” vitamin because of its regulatory effect on stress hormones.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 deficiency can cause irritability, severe PMS, fatigue, depression, anxiety and confusion. Many people have electric shock sensations, paresthesias (tingling, burning, pricking, or numbness), and extreme anxiety. About half of agoraphobic patients are usually B6 deficient.

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

Deficiencies in biotin are most common in those taking anti-seizure medications, long-term antibiotics, or people with trouble absorbing nutrients. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, strange pain sensations (usually in extremities), weakness, fatigue, lethargy, and hallucinations.

Vitamin B9 (Folate)

Folate helps to regulate your pain response, mood, and sleep patterns. If it’s low, you may experience hostility, chronic headaches, paranoid behavior, panic, forgetfulness, irritability, and apathy. Folate deficiency is usually accompanied by low serotonin levels and depression. In contrast, high levels have been shown to sometimes induce mania in some patients with bipolar disorder, and can interfere with some mood stabilizing medications.

Vitamin B12

B12 deficiency usually starts with depression, and can be followed by psychosis, slow mental processes, mania, confusion, forgetfulness, and memory loss. Lower B12 levels are not always present in depressed patients, but are almost always present in depressed patients with psychosis.

Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is often accompanied by low serotonin and dopamine levels. Symptoms of a deficiency can be apathy, irritability, anxiety, personality changes, and behavioral changes. Low magnesium levels are associated with an imbalance of lactate to pyruvate in the body, which is indicative of many psychiatric conditions, like schizophrenia. Studies show that most patients with chronic pain have low magnesium levels, and show that the most disturbed patients have either high or low magnesium levels.

Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate)

The first symptom of vitamin C deficiency is usually depression. Other symptoms may be fatigue, reduced arousal, apathy, and reduced motivation. Because vitamin C, or sodium ascorbate, is necessary to produce serotonin, people deficient in it may experience severe depression and extreme anxiety. Vitamin C calms the nervous system and helps to regulate the stress response of the body.

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.nutritional-healing.com.au/content/articles-content.php?
heading=The%20Role%20of%20Minerals%20and%20Vitamins%20in%20Mental%20Health
http://www.angelfire.com/home/bphoenix1/vitmin.html

Reprinting:

This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.

Part 1: Natural Cures for Acne

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

For many, young and old, acne can be the bane of their existence. It usually starts at puberty and can go on, well into adulthood. Some people suffer painful, scarring, and unsightly acne for their entire lives. If you or someone you love is inflicted with this stubborn condition, it may be of interest to you to treat it with vitamins and supplements or other natural products.

If you feel like you’ve tried every product on the market without success, you’re not alone. Many people with acne have extremely sensitive skin, hence the inflammation and susceptibility to infection, and experience more problems when using harsh chemicals and acne treatments on their skin. Doctors routinely prescribe medications for acne, but they can take weeks to show any improvement at all and often times make skin more sensitive and intensify the problem. There are also a lot of unwanted side effects from these medications and antibiotics, such as skin and bowel blistering, extreme fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, headaches and more. Some even alter DNA, disrupt the endocrine system, and can cause long-term reproductive damage.

You may think that it will take an extreme drug or potent chemical to get rid of your stubborn acne, but you may find that the gentle, natural approach is what your skin has been craving all along. Getting to the root cause of your acne can help you best determine how to treat it. There are a few things that contribute to the condition. Vitamin deficiencies, over-production of skin sebum, and bacteria are the most common causes.

Acne generally sets in at puberty because the hormone changes bring about an increased production of skin oils and a wax referred to as sebum. These oils and waxes trap germs, dirt, and microscopic pieces of shedding skin to form a clogged pore or acne pustule. Most people automatically think that they need to rid the skin of the oil to get rid of the problem. This is somewhat true, because the oil traps a lot of dirt and toxins. Cleaning the skin with a very gentle cleanser two or three times a day is recommended. However, if you strip the skin of all oils and sebum, it will retaliate by producing a lot more oil and sebum.

Most people with oily or acne-prone skin avoid products that contain oil. Really, you need healthy oils on your skin. There are a few oils that do not clog pores, heal wounds, kill unwanted bacteria, fade scars, and control sebum production. You can also treat acne by checking on certain vitamin levels, like sodium ascorbate levels, with your doctor and supplementing to make sure that their levels are in check. In Part 2 of this series, we will discuss which vitamins help and why, as well as which natural products can help to finally rid your skin of acne, once and for all.

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!

Reprinting:

This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.

Part 2: Natural Relief for Neuralgia

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

In “Part 1” of this series, we discussed the different types of neuralgia pain that you may be experiencing. Here we will go over some root causes of neuralgic pain and help you to learn how to naturally treat them. Of course, a proper diagnosis may be necessary, because serious infections, tumors, deformities in bone or artery structures, or trauma to the nerve could be serious underlying causes that need to be treated by a doctor. As always, speak with your doctor and review all current medications and conditions before starting a vitamins and supplements routine to treat your neuralgia.

All of the underlying causes of neuralgia are not understood by the medical community. Here we will discuss the most widely accepted causes and possible natural treatments of your neuralgic pain.

Chemical Imbalance: In the case of chemical imbalance, a trigger, such as alcohol, caffeine, monosodium glutamate (MSG) exposure, even barometric pressure changes, sets off a release of neuropeptides that aggravate and inflame nerves. The nerves then send pain messages to the brain, which in turn, releases more neuropeptides. This continuous cycle is called a positive feedback loop, and is one of the reasons that neurologic pain can become excruciating. Triggers differ from person to person, so keeping a pain diary, which tracks your daily habits, can help you to determine what triggers you have. Common triggers include dyes, stress, aged cheeses, sulfites, nitrates, allergies, and illness. Some people even report certain sounds triggering migraine or neuralgia attacks. Muscle spasms and the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles can chemically trigger a positive feedback loop. Lowered serotonin levels are thought to trigger a release of neuropeptides as well, which is why your doctor may recommend antidepressant medications for preventing migraines or neuralgic pain.

Vessel Dilation and Constriction: In addition to inflammation of nerve tissues, medications or other triggers can cause blood vessel dilation. Rapid dilation or constriction causes nerves in the face and head to send pain messages to the brain, which in turn causes a rapid rebound effect, causing extreme pain. Think about how an ice cream headache or brain freeze occurs. Cold substances come into contact with the roof of your mouth, causing a quick constriction of the blood vessels there. This sends a pain signal to the brain, neuropeptides are released, and the vessels of the face quickly dilate. This causes extreme pain, usually near the forehead and/or sinuses. Although a brain freeze usually only lasts a few seconds, it is the same vascular mechanism that causes migraines and neuralgic pain.

Many people are interested in preventing neuralgia attacks naturally, instead of taking drugs with unwanted side effects. The most commonly prescribed migraine and neuralgia preventative is a seizure medication and has side effects such as birth defects, loss of short term memory, hair loss, fatigue, and other “cognitive-related dysfunctions”. In fact, the studies of these types of drugs only shows around a 30% reduction in attacks and almost 30% of users report unwanted or debilitating cognitive-related dysfunction.

Studies on the use of B vitamins to treat migraine and neuralgia pain, length and frequency showed around a 50% improvement for participants. Balanced B vitamin levels reduced homocysteine levels, markers for inflammation in the body, by 39%. Vitamin C, or sodium ascorbate, flushes chemicals out of the body while strengthening nerve fibers and blood vessel walls. Eliminating trigger foods and allergies from your diet combined with the appropriate vitamin levels for your body could help you to resolve the underlying issues that are contributing to your pain.

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!

Reprinting:

This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.

Sources:

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/trigeminal_neuralgia_facial_nerve_pain/article_em.htm

Solving the Migraine Mystery


http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/natural-neuralgia-treatments.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/trigeminal-neuralgia/DS00446

Part 1: Natural Relief for Neuralgia

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Neuralgia is pain in a nerve, or group of nerves, without stimulation of the pain receptors. Since most pain medications affect only pain receptors, they have little or no affect on neuralgic pain.

Normally, pain receptors must be excited to cause pain. However, with neuralgia, the nerve itself malfunctions. It becomes sensitive and begins to create tiny signals between the fibers of the nerve. Getting to the root of the problem by treating the nerve sensitivity and other underlying causes of neuralgia can be very beneficial. First we will discuss the types of neuralgia that are most commonly suffered, their possible causes, and then their natural treatments.

1) Atypical trigeminal neuralgia sufferers have a constant migraine-like headache combined with pain in the teeth, ears, sinuses, temples, jaw, cheeks, and/or around the eyes. Pain can also shoot to the back of the scalp and neck. This condition is sometimes called an “atypical” migraine. It occurs due to vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve, which can happen if the teeth or sinuses have a viral or bacterial infection, or trauma. It is characterized by an electric-type shock or sharp stabbing pain.

2) Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is characterized by the same type of pain, but more central in the head. Glossopharyngeal pain attacks the back of the tongue, throat, inside of the nostrils, and/or parts of the ears. The glossopharyngeal nerve controls the muscles of the throat and sends messages from the tongue, throat and tonsils to the brain. This condition can occur if an artery is abnormally positioned and compresses the nerve where it exits the brain stem. Sometimes this pain is caused by a brain or neck tumor.

3) Occipital neuralgia is sometimes called C2 neuralgia, cervicogenic headache, or Arnold’s neuralgia. This pain in the occipital nerve affects the back of the head, upper neck and behind the eyes. This condition stems from the top of the spinal column, where the upper cervical spinal cord nerves and trigeminal nerve converge. The spinal cord nerves send sensory signals up to the brain while the trigeminal nerve sends signals down from the face and eyes, and head.

Malfunctions in the muscles, soft tissues, bony structures, or vascular structures in the neck can lead to nerve sensitivity and misfirings. Because the nerve cluster here sends signals in opposite directions, you can have misfire crossover, creating a positive feedback loop that is very hard to treat. A positive feedback loop is a series of signals that activate each other. For example, muscle spasms or vessel dilation press on the occipital nerve at the base of the skull, sending pain signals to the brain. The trigeminal nerve is activated to send signals to the brain that pain in the face and head is present. The sensitivity of the nerves can cause them to send their signals down or up the wrong nerve in the wrong direction, causing more severe pain and even stroke-like symptoms, such as memory loss, confusion, and amnesia.

In Part 2: Natural Relief for Neuralgia, we will discuss how to get to the root causes of these types of pain using natural techniques, vitamins and supplements. While not everything is completely understood by the medical community about neuralgia, we can still work with what we do know. Sometimes something as simple as taking the best vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate or vitamin C powder, daily can help to strengthen nerve fibers, reduce overall inflammation, remove culprit toxins, and boost the immunity needed to combat triggers.

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!

Reprinting:

This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.