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The Truth About Vitamin C

While fruits have a lot of vitamin C, they don't have nearly enough.

While fruits have a lot of vitamin C, they don't have nearly enough.

Benefits of Vitamin C

The most well-known health benefit of vitamin C is its boost to the immune system. But, did you know it is an antioxidant and can also boost your mood?

Indeed, if you take enough vitamin C per day, it will raise your norepinephrine levels producing an uplifting effect on your overall mood.

Like vitamin E, it is a potent antioxidant that has many other, lesser known, benefits to our health. Let’s learn a bit more about the vitamin before I tell you about my little experiment.

A Bit About Vitamin C and Evolution

The majority of animals can produce their own vitamin C. Humans (and a few other animals such as apes, guinea pigs and a few species of bird) lost this ability at some point in our early evolution, but exactly why is unknown.

The theory is that during periods of starvation, not having to expend energy to make vitamin C internally was a great advantage. Most of these species were primarily vegetarian, and it is speculated that the amount of ascorbic acid they consumed through diet alone was approximately 2.5 g to 9 g per day.

However, for the older population of a species, the inability to produce vitamin C may have led to a number of different illnesses including arthritis, heart disease, cancer and weakened immune systems. Once an organism is past its reproductive prime, it’s not really an evolutionary threat if that organism suffers from arthritis. What matters is that a large number of healthy offspring was left behind.

This isn’t so true in our lives today. While, from an evolutionary perspective, it still doesn’t matter if an older member of a species suffers from arthritis or other illness, to humanity it does. The inability to create our own ascorbate may have led to the high prevalence of chronic disease we see in our older population.

In fact, the typical diet of a human in this day and age is lacking considerably in vegetables rich in the vitamin. Because of this, there is a chronic state of malnutrition including a vitamin C deficiency. For women of childbearing age, this is cause for concern. The majority of children are born already suffering deficiency, mainly because we have lost the gene to produce our own.

Mangos and apples contain vitamin C.

Mangos and apples contain vitamin C.

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, has several different properties:

  • Antiviral
  • Antihistamine
  • Antitoxin
  • Antibiotic
  • Cofactor in many enzymatic reactions
  • Antidepressant
  • Antioxidant

Vitamin C also regulates blood sugar levels, and can improve depression symptoms. The catch to this is the dosage. The RDA for an adult is 60mg, which is enough to prevent severe symptoms of scurvy.

But we still see scurvy in this country.

Vitamin C Deficiency: Scurvy

Most people know that Brits were called “limeys” at one point. Scurvy was highly prevalent on British ships, and many sailors died as a result. However, it was found that citrus fruits, particularly limes, prevented and cured scurvy; hence the term “limey’s.”

Scurvy is the result of a shortage of collagen, which is caused by vitamin C deficiency. Ascorbate (vitamin C) is imperative to the production of collagen, the substance that essentially binds everything together (like muscles, ligaments, and other tissues).

Symptoms of scurvy typically include

  • Bruising
  • Bleeding into the joints which causes swelling and pain
  • Loss of both hair and teeth.

Susceptibility to stress and fatigue are two of the early symptoms of the disease that often go unnoticed or ignored because of the stress and fast pace of our current lifestyle.

Kiwi have the most vitamin C out of the fruits shown here.

Kiwi have the most vitamin C out of the fruits shown here.

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Vitamin C as a Treatment

There were several pioneers involved in the study of ascorbic acid as a viable therapy for illness and chronic disease - most notably, Linus Pauling Ph.D., Irwin Stone Ph.D., and Frederick Klenner M.D.

Irwin Stone, Ph.D., found that vitamin C made a wonderful preservative for food as well as an antioxidant. He also saw the potential health benefits in it, and in the 1930s he began taking massive doses of the vitamin when it became available as a supplement.

He found that the recommended dose of ascorbate was much less (about 100 times less to be exact) than humans need, and he based this on the amount of ascorbic acid other mammals manufactured endogenously (within deep tissue).

Interestingly, Stone also theorized that SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) was a direct result of vitamin C deficiency.

Linus Pauling, Ph.D. supported Dr. Stone’s work and is probably the most infamous of the three men. He was a biochemist and, therefore, shunned by the medical community and made out to be a quack because he lacked a medical degree.

He studied how animals use and synthesize ascorbate finding that typically a high amount of the vitamin was required to maintain health. Rather than assume humans required the same high amounts of ascorbic acid to maintain health, Pauling estimated the amount of the vitamin in 110 raw plants, which supplied 2,500 calories. His estimate found that the amount contained in the raw plants was thirty-five times that of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).

Broccoli is a potent source of vitamin C.

Broccoli is a potent source of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is available in several forms including chewable, tablet and capsules.

Vitamin C is available in several forms including chewable, tablet and capsules.

Vitamin C Megadose Therapy

With a dosage of 8,000 mg and higher, vitamin C is lethal to bacteria such as tuberculosis and streptococcus.

At even higher levels, it is also selectively toxic to cancer cells. Dr. Frederick Klenner, M.D. was the first physician to treat numerous diseases with massive amounts of vitamin C. Some of the diseases he treated successfully are:

He also successfully cured chicken pox (herpes varicella zoster), measles, mumps, tetanus and polio in the 1940s, which was before the polio vaccine had been discovered.

For the next 40 years of his practice in family medicine, Dr. Klenner continued to use megadose vitamin C therapy to treat his patients. He once said:

Some physicians would stand by and see their patient die rather than use ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) because in their finite minds it exists only as a vitamin."

A Note About Chewable Vitamin C Supplements

While chewable supplements are more convenient for those who have trouble swallowing pills, I highly recommend refraining from using them as your vitamin C supplement. Chewable vitamin C tablets are usually made with sucrose which is instantly turned into glucose when its digested. Glucose and vitamin C are almost identical molecules, and the body gives priority to glucose.

Because of this, most of the vitamin C from the chewable tablet will be flushed from the system through the kidneys before it has a chance to be absorbed. The most efficient way to take a vitamin C supplement is a capsule since they rupture quite easily in the stomach. This releases the vitamin C rapidly and allows it to enter the bloodstream quickly.

Also remember that vitamin C must be taken throughout the day. It has a half-life of four hours, meaning it is flushed by the kidneys four hours after it is absorbed. To get the full effect of the vitamin, it must be kept in the system at somewhat constant levels. Personally, I take about 2,000mg every four hours.

Why aren’t we told to take vitamin C supplements or eat more oranges?

The studies the FDA and other scientists have conducted on the issue of vitamin C efficacy have used a maximum dosage of 200 mg for the treatment and prevention of illnesses like colds, flus, etc.

Because 200 mg did not prevent or speed up recovery, it was assumed that any amount of vitamin C over the RDA was useless.

How to Take Vitamin C

Vitamin C has a very short half-life. This means the vitamin is excreted via the kidneys in a very short amount of time, typically about every two to four hours.

Frequent doses need to be taken throughout the day to keep the levels in the blood high enough to reap the benefits. Usually, every two to four hours is sufficient.

VItamin C can be difficult for some people to take if they have a sensitive stomach. However, there are vitamin C supplements available that are specifically made to be easier on the stomach for those who need it.

Finding the right dose of Vitamin C is easy, but that dosage varies by each individual. It also varies based on the amount of stress you are currently suffering and whether or not you are ill (ie: cold, flu, respiratory ailment etc).

When we're stressed, we make adrenaline. The more adrenaline you produce, the more vitamin C you consume, and the more you need to intake.

The trick is to reach what is called “bowel tolerance” or the point at which it causes diarrhea. Bowel tolerance is the sign that your blood stream is completely saturated with vitamin C. Once bowel tolerance is reached, the dosage is dropped to a level that does not cause diarrhea. This dose is the amount of Vitamin C you need to take daily to stay healthy. The trick is to keep the blood stream saturated with Vitamin C without causing diarrhea.

My Experiment

After all this research, I was insatiably curious if any of this was true. Like any good scientist, I decided to experiment on myself.

I started taking vitamin C, and I took enough to reach bowel tolerance, which was 8 grams (8,000 mg) per day. I noticed an almost instantaneous improvement in my mood, and the severe allergy I had to my cats was completely gone.

Shortly after I started taking the vitamin, my husband came down with strep throat complete with the characteristic little white pustules.

Before he went to the doctor I gave him 4,000 mg of vitamin C. While my husband was at the doctor’s office, I felt a little pain in my throat, looked in the mirror and found it was just slightly red.

When the body is sick, the amount of vitamin C required rises dramatically.

So I doubled my usual dosage.

I decided this would be the perfect time to really prove that vitamin C worked. When my husband got home, he decided he didn’t want to take the antibiotic he was given, and I didn’t blame him.

Instead, we both took vitamin C. He took about 2,000 mg every two hours and I increased my dose to 1,000 mg every 20 minutes until I hit bowel tolerance.

After 8,000 mg and one hour, the pain in my throat was gone along with the redness. Those little white pustules in my husband’s throat were gone before the Doctor actually saw him, and the next day, all of our symptoms had vanished.

For More Information, or To Start Your Own Therapy

Strep throat is caused from the streptococcus bacteria and is highly contagious. It also typically takes an antibiotic about 4 days to improve the symptoms, and you have to keep taking the drug for about 10 days total.

Comparatively, vitamin C cured (literally) our strep throat in LESS than 24 hours with no side effects and prevented my daughter from even getting the bacteria.

This little experiment proved to me that all the research was true. Since this experiment, I continually take 2,000mg of vitamin C every two hours, and anytime I get sick, or feel that I might be coming down with something, I take 1,000mg every 10 minutes until I reach bowel tolerance.

It is harmless; it doesn’t hurt the liver and does not cause kidney stones. What it does do is prevent and cure disease.

I urge you to do your own research. Find out for yourself. Question your doctor if he tells you ascorbic acid is worthless and then make your own decision.

For more information including access to studies and detailed information on other vitamins visit the website of Andrew Saul, Ph.D.

© Copyright 2012 - 2014 by Melissa Flagg, aka Daughter of Maat ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Caralyn on November 26, 2017:

Very well put!

Infopedia from Worldwide on December 03, 2016:

This is an excellent article. Informative while maintaining the reader's interest. Good work.

Specifically for us, the part where you describe the potential health hazards of chewable supplements is of critical importants. I'm glad you've included this. It's particularly bad when an individual attempts to improve their health when using a supplement only to potentially risk it...

Overall, great read!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 26, 2013:

Thank you Amaryllis, and thank you for sharing your story. It's amazing how quickly vitamin C works!! Like you said, colds rarely last more than a day, and usually just a few hours I've noticed. That's phenomenal that it has rid you of your chest infections! Just fantastic.

I too wonder why doctors won't share this with patients, although unfortunately I do know the answer. Vitamin C won't make the drug companies any money. But that shouldn't stop doctors from giving their patients this kind of information. But it does. So many people could be healthy, I think we'd actually have an epidemic of health! But that would also put the pharmaceutical companies out of business.

Lesley Charalambides from New Hampshire on January 25, 2013:

This is another excellent hub. I just want to say that I did a very similar experiment several years ago and am completely convinced of its health benefits. For most of my life I suffered from chest infections. As a baby they almost killed me, as a child I missed school, as a university student I missed an entire term. Each time there was one, possibly two course of antibiotics. By the time I was 40, an age at which your ability to absorb vitamins decreases, it was just getting worse. One winter I had one infection after another. I decided to learn more about nutrition in an attempt to help myself and learned in the process about vitamin C. I now take 2g of vitamin C each day. I have not had a chest infection for over 10 years. I listen to my ody carefully and if I feel symptoms, I take 2g vitamin C every 2 hours. My husband and children do the same. It works for us. Colds rarely last more than a day. I've been told that many doctors do the same, but they don't seem to tell their patients. I don't understand why this is. Vitamin C changed my life.

Thanks for a great hub - I hope lots of people follow your advice.

ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE from KOLKATA on January 16, 2013:

Phyllanthus emblica or Amlaki is the richest source of vitamin C and is the main ingredient for preparation of an Ayurvedic medicine for prevention of cough and cold. While I have been taking the fruit raw to my benefit I wonder why the physicians do not prescribe the vitamin often. Further I believe that excess vitamin C if taken is washed out without causing any side effects. Thanks for the useful hub.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on January 13, 2013:

Amen. Chewables are horrible. They tasted of imitation orange and I didn't feel any better for it.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 12, 2013:

@linda, you're more than welcome. My husband just shared this hub with a friend on his FB page as well, she is having a rebound of the flu, and since its such a fantastic antiviral, he recommended it to her. It's really a shame that more doctors don't tell patients about vitamin C, it really is a little miracle vitamin. I highly recommend you don't take the chewables. They're all made with high amounts of sugar, and the sugar will get absorbed in place of the vit C. :)

Linda from Texas on January 12, 2013:

Awesome information!! Thanks for sharing this... I have my C in my hand right now... going to start my own experiment!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 12, 2013:

@vibesites The thing with vitamin C is that it has a really short half life. This means it only stays in the system for about 4 hours, so it only exerts its iron absorbing effects for 4 hours. You have to keep taking it throughout the day. That's one reason it may not be working, another one could be that vitamin C isn't the nutrient that helps you absorb iron that you are missing. You could also need a higher dose. Have you reached bowel tolerance yet and then backed off how much vitamin C you're taking? If not, that might be something you could try as well. The website may have some answers for you as well. Thanks for following!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 12, 2013:

@Michelle, ironically I started by eating only steak (occasionally) and turkey. Then I went completely vegetarian, and THEN completely vegan. I don't think I could have done it cold turkey (no pun intended lol). If you need anything, just email me, I'll be happy to help!

vibesites from United States on January 11, 2013:

Very useful information there, I'm trying to take vitamin C and eat foods that are loaded with it because I want to get the iron absorbed in my body. But it seems it doesn't work.

Are there foods that encourage the absorption of vitamin C?

Anyway, very informative hub. Voted up and useful, and a following as well. :)

Michelle Taylor from New Jersey on January 04, 2013:

That website is great and definitely helpful! I might try the cabbage juice thing sometime soon. I don't know if I could ever go completely vegan but I will definitely cut out all red meat and stick to only chicken and turkey. One vegan friend of mine suggested starting out with a "vegan day". Who knows. I might feel so great those days that I will be inspired to make a complete changeover.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 04, 2013:

@Michelle, absolutely IBS drops bowel tolerance for Vitamin C. In fact, you should be taking a non-acidic or buffered vitamin C supplement. That should alleviate the excess irritation natural vitamin C will cause. The other thing you can try is a vegan diet or juicing. Visit and look under colitis, (inflammation of the colon). I'll do some more research as well and see what else I can find for you!

Michelle Taylor from New Jersey on January 04, 2013:

I found this hub fascinating. I just got over a cold and I am convinced my quick recovery (less than three days of being really sick) is mostly due to "overdosing" on Vitamin C supplements. Within 24 hours of me deciding to take the Vitamin C there was noticeable improvement. I have also discovered that my bowel tolerance is unfortunately very low at less than 2000mg and I didn't become regular again until I stopped taking it completely. Perhaps it is lower because I also suffer from IBS?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on November 11, 2012:

@writerscentro I agree, vitamin C has become my favorite supplement, and I can really tell when I'm running low that I haven't taken enough of it. Vitamin C may also be the fountain of youth since it prevents the shortening of telomeres!!

Aditya Soni from India on November 10, 2012:

Very important and useful hub it was . I enjoyed reading every part of your hub . Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health. I suggest you to publish more hubs related to benefits of other vitamin too.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on October 08, 2012:

@Barbsbitnpieces I've always been extremely susceptible to strep throat, and I was dumbfounded when I started taking the Vit C and it worked so quickly! I have to say, I haven't been sick since I've been taking the mega doses! It's amazing what one little vitamin can do!! :D

Barbara Anne Helberg from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA on October 08, 2012:

@Daughter Of Maat...Interesting Hub about the value of consuming lots of Vitamin C. I particularly enjoyed the section about treating strep throat, as my family used to be especially vulnerable to that obnoxious bug. In our case, apparently the bug got lost when we made a change of venue.

But I take lots of Vitamin C and extra Calcium now in my "older" body. Haven't had a cold since about 1990!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on September 23, 2012:

@B. Leeky Technically no, the theory is at one point we were capable of making our own vitamin C, but when we lost that ability our vitamin C intake did come from diet alone, but we also ate a lot of plant foods and organ meats which are filled with vitamin C. It's estimated that our ancestors were getting 9g - 10g of vit C a day before we started storing meat and eating only choice cuts, not the organs. The organs (even ours today) have a much higher requirement of vitamin C than other bodily tissue. The Inuits and Eskimos were known to eat all the organs including the stomach lining and any undigested vegetation in the stomach, all of which were rich in vitamin C.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on September 23, 2012:

Vitamin C supplements are a recent invention, going back I expect less than a couple of hundred years. If taking vitamin C pills or powder is necessary for health and necessary to get well again after getting sick, then there must not have been any healthy, well people before Vitamin C supplements were invented. But there is ample evidence from art, literature, and historical documents that there were many well, healthy, long-lived people hundreds and thousands of years ago. Therefore, adequate Vitamin C must be available from diet alone. Is there a flaw in that reasoning?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on September 16, 2012:

lol husbands are good at that, I can never get the xbox remote or the TV remote from mine! lol Hope you enjoyed your Holiday, good to have you back!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 15, 2012:

Now that you mention it, my left knee is feeling stronger too.

Glad you told about the bowel tolerance. I would have chalked it up to

a virus or something.

Husbands are great that way. They'll share their colds with you but not the TV remote. lol

I've been on holiday for the past few weeks which is why I've been so quiet. Am now chipping away at all the emails that have piled up while I was away.

Have a good weekend.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on September 14, 2012:

@phoenix, I was just thinking about you today and wondering how you were! I'm SO happy you're feeling better! I know what you mean about all those little niggly (great word btw) aches and pains. They really can wear you down after awhile, especially when coupled with the chronic pain we have. After a few months at 8g a day, I know my neck doesn't hurt half as bad as it used to, and my knees don't hurt at all anymore. My fatigue is gone as well. I must say even though I still have chronic pain, it's nothing like it used to be and that is a really nice change! My hubby had symptoms of scurvy as well, especially the dental issues (loosing teeth etc). He's been taking about 12g a day and hasn't had any problems with his teeth, no pain, no loosening nothing. It's amazing what this one little vitamin can do!

You are more than welcome, and the fact that you are feeling good is thanks enough. Btw, after a few months at 8g you may get symptoms of bowel tolerance and have to back off that dose (until you get a cold or other illness). Once the body heals, it won't need as much as it initially needed. I recently backed off to 6g a day (I had to go back up to 8g though cuz hubby gave me a cold lol). It will eventually level off though. Yay!!! Oh I'm just so happy for you!! :D

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 14, 2012:

I've been thinking about your comment about many Americans having borderline scurvy. I got curious and looked up the symptoms of scurvy and discovered that for many years I had a few of these signs.

After taking 8gm per day of Vit C for the last few weeks, I've noticed that these symptoms have all but disappeared. I don't feel fatigued, all those niggly aches and pains that make you feel frustrated and unwell have eased up to the point that I barely think about them. Even my lower back pain has quieted down. I feel really good.

If I haven't already, thank you for writing this eye-opening hub. It really has changed things for me. And if I have thanked you, well thanks again. I'm so glad to have made your acquaintance.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 27, 2012:

DrMark, wow.. I wish we could eat for a week on that! lol You're in Brazil right? The beach is pretty though I bet lol

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 27, 2012:

Interesting point on the lead in the bloodstream.

I can eat for a week on what it costs to buy one meal at McDonalds! Some things are really terrible here (like our ISP which is a quick as cold molasses) but it is nice to think about some of the positive things.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 27, 2012:

I suspected it had something to do with lead which is why I said it's most definitely cause for concern. Really you can't protect against it unless you only use natural sources, unfortunately we can't afford to juice as much as we used to because of my hubby's injury, so we have no choice but to take the supplements because they are SO much cheaper. That's really sad when you think about it. Healthy foods are expensive! It's cheaper to go to McDonalds and get a quick, completely unhealthy meal, then it is to go to the store and buy fresh fruits and veggies. Very, very sad. You can tell where our country's priorities are (US anyway).

However, this is kind of a moot point, since Vitamin C lowers the levels of lead in the blood stream. A placebo-controlled study of the effects of Vit C at 1,000mg daily on the concentration of lead in the blood of 75 adult male smokers showed that 81% of those men had significantly decreased levels of lead in their blood within a month.

Obviously however, lead in our supplements is a problem and needs to be taken care of. Vit C can only do so much.

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 27, 2012:

Thanks for the quick answer. I cannot remember if I heard the comment about the Vitamin C supplements at a lecture or read it somewhere but the comment was that there is lead in the cheaper vitamin C, despite the USP label.

I am going to share this on my twitter.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 26, 2012:

@DrMark Yes, I am taking Vitamin C tablets, I take about 8 grams a day. More if I'm sick. I agree that it is much better to get your vitamin C naturally. I can't always afford to buy enough fruits and veggies to juice to get 8g of the vitamin, but when I can, I much prefer that method.

The supplement I use is by Nature Made and it has the USP seal on it. From the research I've done, there hasn't been any problems with supplements from China, except the fact that they're from China which is most definitely cause for concern. I haven't had any problems with Nature Made, and the Vit C I get from them seems to be very potent since it cured our strep throat.

I tend to guestimate my intake of vit C when I juice. I have a chart that gives me a round-about mg content for things like Kiwi, oranges etc. The best way to tell if you're getting enough vitamin C is to reach bowel tolerance. The nice thing about bowel tolerance is you don't necessarily have to know an exact mg to get there. Just consume as much vit C as you need to have diarrhea. This means you've reached saturation and can back off the dose a bit. Taking the tablets is rather convenient however. But I don't take as many when I juice.

Another thing to keep in mind when purchasing a supplement is try to stay away from chewables. They are almost always made with lactose or other sugars and as I'm sure you know, vitamin C and glucose have similar molecular structures. Glucose always gets priority so less of the Vitamin C is absorbed. It's essentially providing the antidote with the drug if you will. Some of the vit C's that come in the higher dosage (like the 1,000mg I get) are made with sugars as well, so check the labels.

I've been giving my puppy one of my vit C tablets a day. I'm using it as an antihistamine for her and it works quite well. I hope that answered your question. :D

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 26, 2012:

Are you taking the Vitamin C tablets? Are there still concerns about the imported Vitamin C from China? I read your comment about the tuberculosis in Florida and was thinking about your doseage.

I drink acerola juice and açai smoothies so I am probably getting enough but I have no way to accurately measure levels consumed. The same goes for my dog, of course. I add a little coconut water/acerola juice on her juice each evening (just enough to moisten her kibble) and since dogs do not have a calculated need this may be enough.

Taking Vitamin C supplements from a bottle certainly sounds easier but I do not think it is the best form for the body. Let me know your opinion.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 12, 2012:

The more stressed you are, the more C you'll need too. My daughter is on 8g a day and she has yet to hit bowel tolerance... I'm actually waiting until winter to start taking my niacin. I just ordered some new stuff that apparently isn't "flush-free" lol It's a bit too hot right now to try it...

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on July 12, 2012:

I'm at 4g at the moment. I'm going to go for 5g starting today and see how things 'go', if you get my meaning. lol

I hit bowel tolerance at 3g so stayed there till things settled down. I moved up to 4g this week and so far so good. So I'm going to up the stakes again.

If niacin does raise histamine levels, maybe I'll wait till hay fever season is over before I add that to the mix.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 12, 2012:

Absooutely, hayfever is essentially an allergic reaction. How much vit C are you taking? You won"t notice major inmprovement until you hit saturation though. So you have to reach bowel tolerance and then back off a bit on the dose. I hit bowel tolerance at 9g a day. So I take 8g a day. If you're also taking niacin, you'll have to take extra C. When you first start niacin, it raises your histamine levels until you get used to it. To compensate I took more C (and hit bowel tolerance again... ick...)

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on July 11, 2012:

I was surprised too. And very pleased as it was his first day of work experience and I didn't want him to get off on the wrong foot by not showing up.

Yes, ma'am, I am. In fact, I've just had my morning dose. I'm suffering terribly with hay fever at the moment. Do you think the Vit C can help that too?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 11, 2012:

@Mair Without knowing a little more about what's going on, it's difficult to find the reason why you're body won't absorb vit C. Feel free to email me, and I'll be happy to help in anyway. The fact that you have terrible leg pain would suggest low potassium levels, and possibly even magnesium. When the body's pH is off, it won't absorb nutrients efficiently. But email me, and I'll do what I can for you! :D

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 11, 2012:

@phoenix I'm SO glad I could help!! That's awesome! I bet you were as surprised as I was when your son felt better an hour later!! I was dumbfounded. I couldn't believe one little vitamin could help heal the body so quickly! I've noticed taking the 8g daily that I don't have to take benadryl for my allergies anymore. I have 6 cats, and I'm wicked allergic to them, and had to take benadryl at least twice a day. Now, I don't have to take any, and I can breath so much better than I could on the benadryl!

Don't forget to keep giving him the vitamin C everyday. Vitamin C doesn't stay in the body very long, in fact it's usually out in about 4 hours, so to maintain saturation, you have to take it about every 4-5 hours. It'll prevent recurrence of the virus, and prevent him from getting sick in the future.

You're taking it too right? ;) lol I'm so glad he's feeling better! That's just so awesome! :D

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on July 10, 2012:

My son woke up Monday feeling awful. He had caught a virus over the weekend so I started giving him Vit C. With an hour he was up and playing on his Xbox. He said he was tired but felt better. So I kept pumping the Vit C. By Tuesday he was back to normal cheeky self. So glad I met you DOM. I do believe you were sent to show me a better way.

Mair on July 10, 2012:

Im not absorbing vit c. Im at .0122 blood serum for a year while im maxing out on oral vit c. My vit d is critically low and iron is low too. I have malabsorption issues after losingbportion of my stomach. Any advice for me? My mds are all stumped. Terrible leg pain, walking hurts neuropathy in legs and numbness in hands.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 24, 2012:

It works so well that's what I found fascinating!! I was so much better in about 90 minutes... I, too, take prescriptions when I have to, but recently I've noticed I haven't needed them as often!! Thanks for reading teaches12345! :D

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 24, 2012:

Thanks Billybuc!! Glad you could make it!! :D Glad I could teach you something since you've taught me so much. :D Thanks for stopping by!

Dianna Mendez on June 24, 2012:

Great information on vitamin C. I prefer to take natural remedies, but do resort to meds as needed. I have found that the natural supplements, like Vitamin C, keep me healthy enough. Like you, when I get the first sign of a cold I start pumping Vit C... it works! Voted up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 24, 2012:

I'm not sure how I missed this one but I finally made it! Great information, some of which I did not know. Thanks for the info and great job of writing this.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 24, 2012:

Wow thank you rajan!! I had no idea that it was used in commercial poultry breeding, that's fascinating! I guess if it works for us, it would work for them too!!

Thank you so much for the share and votes, I always enjoy your comments as well!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 24, 2012:

DOM, this is an excellent hub on the benefits of ascorbic acid. We used to supplement Vit C in poultry feed but as summer approached we would be giving it in watertoo. It allieviated heat stress and other routine stresses that the birds were subjected to in commercial poultry breeding. I entirely agree and am glad to read your own experiences in this regard.

Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome.

Shared this too with followers, fb, G+1 and tweeted.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 21, 2012:

Indeed it is, I can't believe I forgot to put that in there. Since I've been taking vit C in high dosages, I've been burning fat much more easily than even when I was working out 7 days a week! Ha, I'll update this hub with that, geez, I can't believe I forgot it! Thank you so much for this comment!!

maheshpatwal from MUMBAI on June 21, 2012:

Dom superb hub. Very well researched and informative hub.Vitamin c is also very helpful in burning the fat..

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 21, 2012:

You're more than welcome. Doctors are just too quick to hand out prescriptions these days!! Thanks for reading and commenting!!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 21, 2012:

Thank you Rahul!! I hope you read my other hub on the hubpages community...

RunningDeer from Iowa on June 21, 2012:

I won't go to the doctor unless I'm being dragged there against my will. Vitamin C sounds like a much better resort to me! Thanks for sharing!

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on June 20, 2012:

Great hub Melissa... very Vital information here....

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 20, 2012:

Oh I forgot lol, Tomatoes have about 23 mg of Vit C. If you want a fruit that has tons of vit C, try Kiwifruit, they have a whopping 74mg. Guava has 165mg. Oranges aren't bad, they have 75mg.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 20, 2012:

@2patricias I'd like to say, I believe conventional medicine is a necessity. I worked in the field for 16 years, so I've seen what miracles modern medicine can make. That said, I think the pharmaceutical industry has too tight of a grip on the medical industry these days. You have to have a good diet with plenty of vitamins to create a solid foundation. Otherwise conventional medicine can't do much but put bandaids on the wounds.

Thanks for tweeting, and I agree there should be a button for good photos. I'm glad you liked them!! :D

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on June 20, 2012:

I forgot to say in my earlier comment - I love your photos! There should be a comments button for good photos.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on June 20, 2012:

I am a great believer in conventional medicine (as is the other Patricia). However, we both believe that won't work unless one follows a very good diet.

This makes me wonder - do tomatoes have much vitamin C? (interested because a family member eats no fruit apart from tomatoes).

I'm tweeting this hub.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 19, 2012:

@lulu, thanks for sharing. I believe I did mention Dr. Klenner successfully treated cancer with megadoses of vitamin C, however I did not devote much space to it. I thought it was deserving of it's own article, and it is on my list of hubs for this month. But yes, Vitamin C at high dosages is selectively toxic to cancer cells, and cancer cells only. Most of the research for this article came from Dr. Andrew Saul's website and books which detail much of the work Dr Klenner, and Dr Hoffer did with Vitamin C and various diseases.

Thank you for your comment, and for the share. It is greatly appreciated, and I will move the Vitamin C and cancer hub to the top of my list, as it really needs to get to the public.

lulu16 from T & T on June 19, 2012:

Important info about humans having lost the ability to produce Vitamin C internally. All the more reason to pay attention to your daily vitamin requirements as spelt out on my website.

Also, the use of high doses of Vitamin C to successfully treat diseases, including cancer, ought to be noted. I will be sharing your hub on my website.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 19, 2012:

Thanks Sandra, I agree. Simple, effective and safe. Can't ask for more than that!

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on June 19, 2012:

Such a simple remedy. I love it.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 19, 2012:

I agree, I've actually had so much medication leftover after the month that I've been stashing it in case I REALLY need it later. The only thing I really use a lot is the voltaren gel that my doc gave me. It works wonders on any sore muscle.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 19, 2012:

That's why I only take prescription medicine as a last resort. I mainly go to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis and if I get a prescription I only get if filled if my own homemade remedies have no effect. I've saved a fair amount of money over the years by not buying medication unnecessarily.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 19, 2012:

@lovedoctor I live in Florida!! :D Orange juice is good, if it's homemade. Unfortunately, taking Vitamin C with Sugar is self-defeating. Vitamin C and glucose are so similar in chemical structure, that glucose gains priority reducing the amount of vitamin C that can be absorbed. However, drinking homemade orange juice allows for more absorption because the sugar is fructose. Juicing can be a pain in the a$$ though. Taking a supplement is much more convenient and you can control the dosage completely. Figuring out how much Vitamin C is in the juice you just made is really more of a guestimate lol

@phoenix lmao Yes, I did know that and I have always thought it ironic. How in the world did we ever get to paying a doctor to make us sick? lol And they do make us sick. Pharmaceuticals (while many are necessary) destroy liver and kidney cells. Ther are no cells in the body that are made up of a drug, so why would we think drugs will make us better? ;) Damn pharmaceutical companies... lol

@Chris, Fantastic!! :D Most of the population suffers a low level vitamin C deficiency which costs us dearly over time, and is so easily preventable. If I can get one person to start taking Vit C on a regular basis, this article has done its job. So thank you for confirming that this article did its job!

Chris Hugh on June 19, 2012:

That's it. I'm gonna start taking my Vitamin C again. I don't know why I ever stopped. Great Hub. Up, and shared!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 18, 2012:

Good point about the money-making aspect. Here's something interesting: Did you know, in ancient times, a doctor's responsibility was not to cure the patient but to prevent him from becoming sick in the first place. If a patient did fall ill during his care, the doctor wouldn't be paid.

Can you imagine if we did that today?! Ha-ha-ha-ha.

lovedoctor926 on June 18, 2012:

I used to take Vitamin C supplements several years ago, but don't anymore, but I do drink lots of Orange juice though. Living in Florida, I don't get sick too often (knock on wood!) After reading this article, I think I might just start taking them again.

vote up useful!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 18, 2012:

See, I told ya. I'm also working on a niacin article for the same reason. Apparently, the medical community just doesn't want us to be healthy. They won't make any money that way. I was astonished that the vitamin C squashed strep throat like it was a gnat. That's some seriously awesome stuff, and free from liver and kidney damage!!

Let me know how you're experiment goes Phoenix! I'm curious if you'll get similar results in regards to your neck. :D

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 18, 2012:

Well this certainly has busted quite a few preconceived notions I've had. I think I'll do some experimenting of my own. Thanks for the advice; will definitely bookmarking this.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 18, 2012:

Thank you learner! That's what I was hoping for. Most people don't know about how beneficial the vitamin is, and I love getting the word out! lol

Thanks for commenting and voting!!

Saadia A on June 18, 2012:

Vitamin C surely is very helpful in building up our immune system. Your Hub has the right amount of information and advice with which we all can benefit well with. Thank you for writing this Hub.It surely added a lot to my knowledge about vitamin C.

Voted up useful and interesting!!!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 18, 2012:

Exactly. A lot of the vitamin C requirement depends on the stress level int he person's life. The more adrenaline you make, the more vitamin C you consume! And yes, usually an obscene amount of Vitamin C has to be taken to reach bowel tolerance. I took 8 grams in 1 hour, and reached it. I normally take 8 grams PER DAY. lol

Thanks so much for your comment!

Melody Collins from United States on June 18, 2012:

I am a believer in vitamin C. I did learn that if you take to much you can get the runs. From my experience, you can take a TON before that happens, but if it does you just back down slightly and stick with that amount. From what I have been told every person has a different tolerance for vitamin C.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 18, 2012:

HA!! Finally someone else who can eat an onion straight! I LOVE onions!! Thank you for your comment and the votes are greatly appreciated!

Civil War Bob from Glenside, Pennsylvania on June 18, 2012:

Good hub, DoM...voted up, useful, interesting, (and 'tasty' for the pictures, if there was a button for that). When I learned how much vitamin C an onion has, which I like to eat straight with salt and pepper, I thought a health-supporting phrase during cold season could be, "An apple a day keeps the doctor onion a day keeps everyone away!" Be healthy and enjoy your day!

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