Taking your Vitamin C is perhaps one of the best ways to stay young. Yes, I’ll repeat that, “Stay young”. Most people, regrettably, don’t understand how to take it optimally. The maximum amount of ascorbic acid form of Vitamin C (the most common form) that can be absorbed at any one time is about 1000mg. So, taking 3000mg all at once in the morning will be wasting about 2/3 of it. The optimal amount of Vitamin C for everyone will vary according to genetics, current level of inflammation and state of health. For example, a person whom is currently relatively healthy, with no infections and minimal chronic inflammation, would benefit from between 1-3000mg per day. Yes, that may seem like a lot, but to put it into perspective, a smoker whom currently has a cold virus would require about 10-15,000mg per day.
You are probably in stunned disbelief now right? To all those skeptics out there, read “Nutritional Medicine” by Alan R. Gaby (ISBN-13: 978-0-9828850-0-0) (This is the medical textbook on nutrition with enough scientific references for all levels of Doubting Thomases). Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis (connective tissue’s major component), carnitine synthesis (mitochondrial energy production), has demonstrated antiviral and antibacterial properties in-vitro (inside you), helps with cholesterol catabolism and detoxification of xenobiotic chemicals (toxins and drugs).
The best way to take Vitamin C is by pulse dosing it throughout the day. To do this, either take 1000mg after each meal, or put 3000mg in that bottle of water you take around with you and sip it throughout the day until finished.
A couple words of caution would also not be amiss. In those individuals for whom excess iron in their blood is a problem, monitoring by a physician is required as Vitamin C increases the absorption of nonheme iron. High blood levels of Vitamin C will also possibly inactivate anesthetic agents (detoxification at work). Thus, if you are going for surgery or a dental procedure where one will be used, refrain from taking it for 24 hours prior to the procedure. Stay tuned next week when we’ll talk about averting panic attacks with an easy-to-do posture.
In this episode, we cover what Vitamin C does, optimal dosing throughout the day, what forms there are, as well as how they work.