Vitamin C Benefits Overall Health

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December 10, 2014 (Updated: August 16, 2018)
Lily Moran

I consider vitamin C to be one of the most effective remedies available. It’s best known as a way to avoid—or at least shorten—the common cold. But vitamin C does much, much more!

Infections, wounds, shingles, and Epstein-Barr all benefit from vitamin C treatment. The nutrient also reduces inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, helps reduce high cholesterol, assists your body in manufacturing serotonin and other “feel-good” neurotransmitters, and combats damage done by stress hormones.

Vitamin C also strengthens your capillaries, the tiny blood vessels throughout your body. Bleeding gums? Post-exercise muscle aches? Problems with your immune system? Vitamin C to the rescue!

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to vitamin C’s impressive ability to protect your health. But here’s a bit of irony—in spite of this nutrient’s importance, the human body cannot manufacture vitamin C, even though all other mammals can.

And to make the situation worse, the government’s recommendations are far too low—a mere 90 mg daily when integrative health specialists suggest many times that each and every day.

Sadly, most Americans barely get the Adequate Intake (AI) recommended by the National Institutes of Health, an amount that’s just about sufficient to prevent you from getting scurvy.

Here’s another question I hear quite often from my patients—which form of vitamin C is most effective? Since vitamin C is water-soluble, it’s not easily absorbed by your cells, which are surrounded by membranes made of fat.

The solution to that problem is liposomal vitamin C. This product combines the nutrient with a fat (liposome) to make it more bioavailable to your cells. This version is also less likely to cause diarrhea than a water-soluble product, especially if you’re aiming for the higher dosage (4,000 mg daily in divided doses) that I recommend to most patients.

But if you really want to take your relationship with vitamin C to a whole new super-healthful level, here’s what I recommend.

The best way to take high doses of vitamin C is intravenously (IV), the way many patients take injections of B vitamins.

Although not as well known as B vitamin shots, injections of vitamin C were reviewed in a recent study by the National Institutes of Health and found to be “remarkably safe.” In fact, researchers recommended injections for individuals with cancer or chronic conditions that are difficult to treat or don’t respond to traditional remedies.

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And here’s something else you should know about vitamin C—it’s remarkably effective. Here’s an example: Mononucleosis is a nasty viral infection with no treatment. Patients feel wiped out and just plain exhausted.

So when a young boy’s mother brought him to me and said he had already been diagnosed with mono, the first treatment that came to mind was IV vitamin C. I gave him one treatment and within 24 hours he was symptom free. He had a second IV, as back up, and was completely back to normal.

Contrast that experience with the typical mono patient’s weeks or even months of recovery time. This is why I check all my patient’s urinary levels of vitamin C—because it’s so important!

Taking therapeutic amounts of vitamin C orally—in the 10 to 20 gram range, for example—just won’t work. It causes stomach upset and terrible diarrhea. Plus, most of the nutrient would be excreted in your urine, rather than absorbed by the cells.

But as an injection, large amounts are easily absorbed without uncomfortable side effects. I know this for a fact, because I have these shots myself every two weeks, or whenever I’m feeling tired and run down. And yes, they do work. I’m around sick people day in and day out, yet rarely get sick.

IV vitamin C shortens the length and intensity of flu, colds, and mononucleosis, hastens healing after surgery, improves depression symptoms, eases exhaustion, and reduces allergy symptoms.

Even cancer patients benefit from IV vitamin C. I use high-dose, intravenous vitamin C at my cancer clinic, Cancer Center for Hope, regularly.

After treatment, cancer patients are thrilled that the terrible side effects are so minimal. No nausea, hair loss, fatigue, brain fog, or damage to other organs.

But the really good news is how cancer responds. I’m happy to report that the combination of IV vitamin C and the insulin potentiation chemotherapy I use works just as well—often even better—than conventional chemo, which destroys both healthy and diseased cells alike.

If you still think vitamin C is only for the sniffles, you’re missing out on a true warrior in the battle for your health. Sure, it takes on cold and flu viruses.

But vitamin C also repairs damage from things I’m always warning you about—destructive free radicals, pesticides, air pollution, radiation, and other everyday threats to your health. And now you can fight back with a nutrient powerhouse that fends off everything from colds to cancer.

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