Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) | Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Getting the skinny on superfoods

Vitamin C

Including L-ascorbic acid and L-dehydroascorbic acid.


Vitamin C is water soluble and is known as “the stress vitamin”

Maximum blood levels are reached 2-3 hours after digestion.

A diuretic vitamin C is eliminated via perspiration and urine with in 3-4 hours.

Also the most unstable of vitamins it is sensitive to oxygen

Potency can be lost through exposure to light, heat and air

Maintains collagen and protein necessary for the formation of connective tissue

Helps maintain resistance to bacterial infection

Stimulates white blood cells production

Reduces the effects of allergy producing effects in the body

Regulates amino acid metabolism (phonylatanine  and tyrosine)

Converts inactive folic acid into folic acid

Helps maintain the strength of blood vessels walls

Antioxidant it protects other vitamins (thiamine, bioflavonoids, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamins A and E) and maintains these vitamins in their active forms

Protects membranes form injury, pollution, poisons and free redicals

Plays a major role in body growth, wound healing and stress conditions

Maintains adrenal glands and ovaries and ensures proper production of various hormones

Protects the absorption of iron and calcium in the body

Protects the circulatory system from fat deposits

Aids in forming red blood cells and preventing haemorrhaging

Protects the brain and spinal cord from free radical damage

Detoxification and excretion of drugs and chemicals

Cholesterol breakdown and excretion

Production of epinephrine

 Situations of Increased Need

Increased physical stress (infection, fever, burns, surgery, trauma to soft tissues or bones)

Chronic illnesses (hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, chronic kidney failure)

Heavy alcohol use

Increased oxidant stress from chemicals, radiation, and heavy metals

Medications: aspirin, oral contraceptives

Older age groups

Rapid growth: childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, and lactation

Cigarette smoking

Signs and Symptoms of Deficiency


Lethargy, malaise, irritability


Weight loss


Shortness of breath


Nose bleeds

Easy -Bruising, tissue swelling and haemorrhaging

Swollen painful joints

Slow healing wounds and fractures

Breaks in capillary walls

Inflamed and bleeding gums, joint stiffness and pain (due to bleeding into joints).

Build-up of keratin in hair follicles producing roughened „sandpaper skin“.

Depression and personality changes (may be due to impaired neurotransmitter synthesis).

Diminished antioxidant defences may increase risk for cancer, heart disease, stroke, cataract.

Good Dietary Sources

1 medium Papaya, Kiwi fruit, Broccoli, Guavas, Bean sprouts, Cauliflower, 1 medium Orange, Strawberries, Asparagus, Green peppers, Citrus fruit, most fruit and vegetables,

Herbal: Dog rose, Red clover, Alfalfa, Burdock, Violet leaves, Celery, Chicory, Chickweed, Dandelion, Cress, Cayenne, Comfrey, Plantain, Horehound, Nettles, Parsley, Elderberries




High fever

Prolonged antibiotics or cortisone

Inhalation of DDT or petrol fumes

Aspirin and other pain killers

Baking soda

Drinking excess water

Cooking in copper pots




Contraceptive pill




Dosage and Toxicity

ARC recommends 60 milligrams daily for adults

Depending on age, weight, metabolism, ailments etc. 200mg to 10 grams daily.

Because of time in the body it is better to take 1 tablet up to 6 x daily rather than 2 tablets 3 x daily. If mega dosing it is important to take calcium as well

Toxicity symptoms don’t usually occur as the body eliminates what it doesn’t want.

Some people may notice slight burning on urination, loose bowels, intestinal gas and or skin rashes.

Proper assimilation will occur if taken after a meal.

Can give some blood sugar tests an incorrect reading

Reduction after high dosing should be done slowly as symptoms of scurvy may appear if done to fast

Medicinal Uses

Mega dosing used in treating: Cancer, AIDs, Glandular fever, Hepatitis, Backache, Drug addiction, Arthritis, Whooping cough, Dizziness, Inflammation, Cystitis, Epilepsy, Alcoholism, Diarrhoea, Anaemia, Hypertension, Beriberi, Angina, Arteriosclerosis, Worms, Bruising, Insomnia, High Cholesterol, MS, Chicken Pox, Diabetes, Meningitis, Jaundice, Boils, Hypoglycaemia, Hemophillia and many many more situations

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