Vitamin C is such an amazing supplement; it serves to improve iron/ferritin absorption as well as a great anti-inflammatory agent, removing reactive oxidative species within the bloodstream. Since inflammation and elevated insulin are the 2 major drivers of most chronic conditions, increasing vitamin C intake can make some big differences in your health.
Vitamin C comes in a variety of forms, we encourage you to try different versions if you find you have problems, like loose stools, with the brand you chose. Ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate are my 2 personal favorite types of C to use and recommend. Avoid citric acid since it is not absorbed well and for some, it can cause more severe GI upset and dyspepsia.
It is recommended to take 1000 – 4000 mg of Vit C 2 or 3 times a day, depending on how many meals are consumed daily. Ideally, vitamins and supplements are always taken WITH a meal/snack, never on an empty stomach. Higher doses CAN be utilized, but patients should be aware of a couple of issues.
High doses of C can cause diarrhea. Finding bowel tolerance is ideal, try a dose just below the amount that created diarrhea.
Many brands and types of Vitamin C come with esters, bioflavonoids, and other agents that may NOT be ideal taken in mega doses – so check labels for added ingredients.
There are Vitamin C powders that can be used instead of tablets or capsules; just mix them into a small amount of water and drink. These are typically very tart and unsweetened. So be prepared to pucker.
In addition, be aware that Vitamin C is also a natural anti-coagulant. Be sure to check medications lists for blood thinners, aspirin, NSAIDs, high-dose fish oils, and turmeric/curcumin. Adjust your Vitamin C and supplement intake as needed to ensure your safety.
Studies have indicated high doses of Vitamin C might benefit a wide variety of autoimmune conditions, including Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s, Lupus, and many viruses/colds/flu.
It is ideal to avoid commercial-based virus-support products, as these contain such small doses of C AND WILL CONTAIN a variety of other ingredients that may NOT be safe to increase to these mega doses.
Please speak with your PCP about starting any new supplements.
Our Myers Cocktail and Immune boost infusions have vitamin C included in them.
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