By Arturo Galindo, Cert. Nutritional Therapist
The facts on vitamin C are indisputable. Vitamin C is becoming mainstream. Many people already "mega-dose", vitamin C production is increasing, manufacturers are increasing doses, and vitamin lounges are becoming popular.
Every day, more and more people understand the enormous value of an increased intake of vitamin C as part of their nutrition to fight and heal from disease.
Since most people suffer from a vitamin C deficiency, many are already giving their bodies the amounts of ascorbate needed to fight disease and stay healthy.
That's right. Most people already "mega-dose" and are not even aware.
Don't believe me? Just go to your local drug store, vitamin store or search online and you'll find that most brands sell pills or capsules that are either 500 mg or 1 gram per dose.
The facts on vitamin C consumption indicate that people are already ingesting many times over the Recommended Daily Amount (RDA).
The label "mega-dose" stigmatizes the mere act of using large doses of vitamin C, but the reality is that many people already use vitamin C as a powerful weapon to fight disease and stay healthy.
Many medical clinics already use Intravenous IV vitamin C to help treat several conditions including autoimmune diseases, chronic ailments and detoxification.
One of the most trusted and respected clinics is the Riordan Clinic.
In these clinics, functional and integrative medicine practitioners use IV-C to treat a wide variety of conditions and help people struggling with long-term illnesses.
In addition, vitamin lounges are all over major cities.
These vitamin lounges, or vitamin therapy places offer menus that include intravenous vitamin “cocktails” using ascorbic acid as well as other vitamins and nutrients.
This google search can return a list of vitamin therapy places near you.
What is the main benefit of IV vitamin C?
All vitamins and nutrients go directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system.
This means the absorption by the body is much effective compared to oral supplements, since it's filtered by the digestive system.
Many producers of vitamin C capsules and tables have increased the content of ascorbic acid per dose.
The facts on vitamin C supplements indicate that most pills or capsules today contain no less than 1g (1 gram = 1000 milligrams), and the suggested daily dose is 1g or 2g per day.
This is 33 times larger than the current Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for men and women.
For example, I currently buy vitamin C tables from Costco. Costco sells 500 tablets of 1-gram pure ascorbic acid for under $15. This presentation alone contains more than 1 pound of ascorbic acid.
In addition to increasing the dose per pill, powder and crystal forms of pure ascorbic acid are being offered in bulk quantities.
Ascorbic acid powder or crystals are the purest form of vitamin C.
The facts on vitamin C powder brands is that manufacturers offer amounts ranging from 1 pound or less all the way to 24 pounds or even more.
Just think about that for a moment, 24 pounds of pure ascorbate is over 10,000 grams!
This is an economic option to satisfy the demands of people that want to address their vitamin C deficiency and help their bodies heal from disease.
Vitamin C was labeled as a vitamin before the ascorbic acid substance was discovered, and before scientist fully understood its critical value to the body.
This has created a “vitamin” barrier in many scientists and doctors who grossly underestimate the many health benefits that ascorbate has when given in the right amounts.
But medical literature is slowly catching up to the value of a high intake of vitamin C. This is already recognized in some literature discussing vitamin C deficiency.
The FDA Recommended Daily Intake is still very low (90 milligram per day). But medical literature already mentions upper limits of 2,000 mgs per day.
This is progress, albeit it falls short from recognizing that people have different needs of ascorbate which can vary widely.
The facts about vitamin C also indicate that the ascorbic acid substance has very low toxicity since is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration.