Vitamin C

Vitamin C

A couple weeks ago, I received a call from Kevin. Getting calls from him is nothing from the unusual, but the reasons surrounding this call, took me by surprise. One thing to know about Kevin is he loves his job and he works a lot. However on this particular day, he told me something shocking: he was leaving work because he felt ill.

Once he told me the news, I started asking him about the symptoms he was experiencing. What he was describing sounded a lot like the textbook description of influenza. I told him to call our family physician, Dr. Gunnett and see if he can get in for a visit and receive an influenza test. Unsurprisingly, it came back positive for Influenza A.

My first course of action was to adjust Kevin, because I’m a chiropractor and that’s what I do! Then, I remembered watching some Facebook live videos in the fall with Dr. Suzanne Humphries, she discussed the importance of high dosing vitamin C during times of illness. When I watched that video, I ordered all her suggested vitamin C products (powdered ascorbic acid, powdered sodium ascorbate, and liposomal C). Fortunately, I had all of these on hand when Kevin got sick and right away got the whole family started on vitamin C.

Kevin said he felt significantly better Wednesday morning with no fever; he still had a cough and some congestion, though. By Friday he was back to work in the morning with a slight cough. Wednesday night I started to feel the chills and body aches that normally come along with influenza. I experienced those for ONLY TWO HOURS. The symptoms subsided and I felt much better Thursday morning. The twins had slight fevers Thursday, and some congestion and coughing that lasted into Friday, but they largely acted like themselves. I kept the whole family home into the weekend because I knew we were likely still contagious, but we all felt really good considering we had gone through Influenza A, I was so impressed!

So what do all these names and types of vitamin C mean?

Ascorbic acid is the chemical name for vitamin C. Many animals can produce their own vitamin C, but humans cannot, therefore we need to get ours from diet. Unless you eat a really healthy diet, you will need vitamin supplementation.

Sodium ascorbate is just a mineral buffered vitamin C, which makes it easier on the stomach and not as acidic. I think sodium ascorbate also tastes very mild and is barely perceptible in water.

Liposomal vitamin C has a much higher absorption rate because it is encapsulated in liposomes (fat) so it is not absorbed as rapidly as other forms of vitamin C.  Liposomal C is great when someone is really ill, because it is fast acting and more efficient.

In summary, I recommend keeping two forms of vitamin C on hand, either ascorbic acid/sodium ascorbate, and liposomal C. That way you have some to take daily (ascorbic acid/sodium ascorbate), and liposomal C on hand in case of illness. I have now started carrying three forms of Vitamin C in the office. If you are interested in learning more about how to take Vitamin C, call the office and schedule an appointment with me!

Some interesting Facts about vitamin C:

·      Goats are recommended to take 13,000 mg of Vitamin C/day in health and up to 100,000 mg/ day in times of illness. Humans are only recommended to take 75 mg/day.

·      There has been studies and cumulative medical literature on vitamin C’s effectiveness since the 1940’s.

·      It has been reported that people with serious infections can ingest up to 50 GRAMS daily of vitamin C.

·      A 2013 study gave 36 men 50 mg of vitamin C either in the form of kiwi, or in supplements containing vitamin C. There were no significant differences in the amounts of vitamin C measured in body fluids and tissues, regardless of the form of vitamin C they took.