The answer is …depends.
It depends on the age of the person, their weight, height, age, recent health issues and I am sure there is a TON more. If you are the average person of average age and you have a family health history that you would like to discontinue then take a look at Vitamin C, it could help ya out. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals better known as “trash”. Vitamin C also protects the skin, cardiovascular system and joints. It can reduce the chances of developing cancer. In most parts of the world, vitamin C deficiency is rare, but it can cause serious side effects when it occurs.
Orthomolecular MDs (WHO? Orthomolecular medicine is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that seeks to maintain health and prevent or treat diseases by optimizing nutritional intake and/or prescribing supplements. Thank You Wikipedia) are amazed at the amount of vitamin C misinformation that continue to pour out in to the public sector. The recommended dosage amounts (RDA) listed for vitamin C is just enough to prevent scurvy, at best! Scurvy, remember that scurvy dog is not just a Piratey term? But for optimum health the dosages should be much higher.
Well that is the questions, how high is to high?
There are so many sites and separate reports that are sanctioned by the “medical mafia” that highly recommend staying below 2000 mgs of vitamin C daily to avoid diarrhea (ah poo). But the threshold of vitamin C maximum intake is determined by when diarrhea begins. When people become sick they start taking large dosages of vitamin C it is what they have been told. Then their body reacts with diarrhea at that point you have taken too much vitamin C! The object is to ramp up the dosage of vitamin C so your body can process rather than dumping it as useless waste. This dosage will vary from individual to individual. Remember, your human body does NOT make vitamin C in any form so although it see it as a welcome ally it will still see it as foreign and try to dump it if you try to deluge the body.
So back to every person who is constantly exposed to the many different elements in everyday life. The person stuck in the cubical surrounded by 50 co-workers is no better off than the State construction worker standing out on the street leaning on his shovel. Typically, if you are feeling under the weather and not too sure why, take some vitamin C!
The good news is all vitamin C, regardless of origin, is the same molecule known as ascorbic acid. Whether from a natural source or synthetic, most experts consider the results to be the same. Large dosages should be taken in smaller amounts (200-500mg capsules) throughout the day to maintain maximum blood levels. Ascorbate forms of oral vitamin C supplements are good for people with sensitive stomachs.
As you will see when you are shopping for Vitamin C at the local health food store no matter the name on the outside of the bottle, the ascorbic acid ingredient is what you are looking for. Take the time to do your research prior to any changes in your normal vitamin supplement routine.
So what about vitamin C deficiency?
Vitamin C provides the necessary nutrition for every system in the human body. Deficiency of this important vitamin is usually caused by an inadequate diet! Great!! Just knew that word “diet” would show up at some point!!
Next week we shall talk about diet and what part of a daily diet could offer additional vitamin C intake.
The information above is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.
It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional of your choice before making any changes.
Resources e how,Wikipedia, and our favorite Natural News.