“Vitamin C is the main fuel on which your body runs” – Dr Tom Levy
One thing that has been stated over and over by numerous experts is that with any vitamin, supplement, or food requirements, each person’s needed amount is different. Meaning there is no one set dose of anything that is “prescribed” perfectly across the board for all. Each person is different and their body needs different amounts of each vitamin, etc. And when your body is fighting off some disease or ailment or even stress, it needs a larger amount of nutrients than when it’s healthy. The key is to take control of your health, get the information you need to make good decisions, and experiment. Find the amounts that are right for your body. Very few vitamins have side effects that would make you need to worry about overdosing. For the most part, your body takes what it needs and gets rid of the rest. Many vitamins need to be spread out throughout the day for optimum absorption because at any one given time the body can only absorb so much. Spreading out doses gives your body the best chance at absorbing what it needs to get the most nutrients from the vitamins.
If you’re looking to jump start your journey to health, one great place to start is with Vitamin C.
RDA Suggested Dose: 65-115 mg per day (WAY too low, by the way)
True Maintenance/Preventative Dose: 2000-10,000 mg per day or higher as indicated by bowel tolerance. Some take between 10,000-18,000 mg per day as a maintenance dose. Again, it all depends on your personal composition, and the amount your body needs can change day to day based on your health, stress, etc. I take about 6000 mg per day personally as my maintenance dose. One of the experts, Andrew Saul, said he takes 18,000 mg per day as his maintenance dose.
Therapeutic Dose: For this you want to be at Vitamin C saturation (as indicated by slight gas and slightly loose stool).Can be up to 100,000+ mg per day as indicated by bowel tolerance (even more if fighting off something drastic like cancer). Your body will tell you when you’ve hit your limit or taken too much (bowel tolerance). When you are fighting off a cold or flu, you’re body will need more vitamin C than when you are healthy. Start off with a “loading dose,” which is a large initial dose (maybe 4000 or 6000 mg), as soon as symptoms begin, followed by frequent smaller doses throughout the day (1000 mg every hour or so) until saturation. You will know your body is filled with as much Vitamin C as it needs once you reach bowel tolerance. Then slowly back off to maintenance dose.
What is bowel tolerance? Loose stool or diarrhea. Bowel tolerance sounds nicer so that’s what I’ll refer to it as. Take enough Vitamin C to get well, but not quite enough to cause diarrhea.
Quantity and Frequency are important. Find your desired dose and spread out that quantity throughout the day into 2 or 3 or 4 doses, for maximum absorption. For example if you are taking 6000 mg per day, take 2000 mg three times throughout the day: morning, midday, evening.
Vitamin C is Good for:
Preventative measures (for diseases and such)
Helps with depression
Helps with diabetes
Anti-histamine – great for allergies
Anti-toxin/poison – detoxifying
Less prone to have bruises/fractures
Gums won’t bleed
Endorphin levels go up
Helps protect you from stress
Types of Vitamin C:
Ascorbic Acid – with meals or with a lot of water/liquid (water soluble) – can be powder/crystals to mix in liquid or tablet form
Sodium Ascorbate (pH neutral – non acidic) Powder – between meals; can take as an alternate if sensitive to ascorbic acid (it is gentler on the stomach)
Ascorbal Palmatate – fat soluble; good for cell membranes
Liposomal Vitamin C
IntraVenous Vitamin C – if available to you
Best Types of Vitamin C for KIDS/Infants:
Liquid Vitamin C – great for infants, also for kids
Ascorbic Acid – powder/crystals to mix in liquid (for kids) or even mix in the crystals with the liquid Vitamin C for and extra “POW” (for infants or kids)
Sodium Ascorbate – use in the morning, more gentle on stomach
Calcium Ascorbate – is more neutral like a buffer, also OK for children – if using this type, make sure to balance the calcium with magnesium (epsom salt baths twice a week or use chew-able magnesium)
How to get your kids to take their therapeutic doses of Vitamin C? BRIBES 🙂 It is so very important that they are healthy!
More Great Info:
Infections deplete Vitamin C in your body. SO definitely take higher Vitamin C for anti-infection ESPECIALLY if using antibiotics (use a therapeutic dose). Vitamin C can actually help the anitbiotics work better.
Children are generally OK to take up to 1000 mg per day per year of the child, leveling off at age 10. Meaning even for adults around 10,000 mg is a good max maintenance dose to aim for.
Cheap Vitamin C is OK. Buy non-GMO if you can afford to, add bioflavinoids if you can afford to, but the cheap Vitamin C if you can’t, because it is more important that you give your body enough. FYI, almost all the “studies” done on therapeutic uses of Vitamin C were done using cheap Vitamin C.
Go Multi C! You will heal better using a “Multi” Vitamin C approach (especially for an acute infection or chronic illness) – get all types of Vitamin C or as many different kinds as are available to you for purposes of it reaching every part of your body and cells.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not trying to diagnose you or your symptoms. I am simply passing on information that I have gathered to help give you a starting point to educate yourself on the possibilities that are so easily out there for our taking. You have more control than you think for your health… learn and act and learn some more. Our bodies are amazing. We were not born to be sick. We were born to be healthy. And there are so many foods, vitamins, minerals, herbs, supplements, etc. that are in this world to help our body function at its best and give our body what is needed to heal itself.
Some Resources for further education:
“That Vitamin Movie: What They’re Not Telling Us About Vitamins and Disease”
Andrew Saul – “Vitamin C, the Real Story”
Dr Tomas E. Levy – “Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins”
Helen Saul Case – “The Vitamin Cure for Women’s Health Problems” & “Vitamins and Pregnancy, the Real Story”
Dr Linus Pauling – “Vitamin C, the Common Cold, and the Flu” & “Cancer and Vitamin C”