By Arturo Galindo, Cert. Nutritional Therapist
Once I found what does vitamin C do to my body, I was amazed. I always thought vitamin C was just a vitamin.
But then I learned that vitamin C a critical substance that the body requires in amounts much larger than recommended amounts.
And most importantly, I found that if I always supply my body with enough vitamin C, it has the ammunition that it needs to heal, protect from disease and delay aging.
Ascorbate is needed to prevent a chronic vitamin C deficiency that can lead to other chronic diseases and premature aging.
It is essential in the production of collagen, which supports and holds the tissues and organs together. It’s also a potent antioxidant that helps get things running normal again when the body is under stress.
We all are under different types of stress at different times.
Stress can be physical such as chronic infections, allergies, excessive exercise. It can also be emotional stress, such as the loss of a loved one, an accident.
Stress produces free radicals. And free radicals damage the body.
How can you stop free radicals to damage the body?
Vitamin C donates electrons to free radicals and stops free radicals from damaging the body.
Here's a picture of me when my first child was born 10 years ago (left) and a recent one (right). I was always sick with infections, colds, allergies and I was overweight. Today, I don't take any medication, I lost weight and I feel great.
Here’s the thing.
The most important thing I learned about vitamin C is dosage and frequency.
If the amounts of ascorbate that you take are too low or infrequent based on your stress level, then you get little benefit.
Once you learn exactly what is vitamin C you can better understand the reasons why ascorbic acid, or vitamin C is more than just a simple vitamin.
You'll also understand why many people grossly underestimate its health benefits, and why your doctor doesn't know about it.
Ascorbic acid is a potent detoxicant that stops many poisons from damaging the body.
It will combat various poisons such as arsenic, mercury, carcinogens. It’s also the ultimate antidote for specific toxins such as alcohol, radiation and many others, including the bad effects of air pollution and smoking.
It can also help prevent bad reactions of many drugs, while at the same time increase the therapeutic effect for different drugs and medicines by making more effective. Thus, the less of a drug is required if it’s taken with large amounts of ascorbic acid. (Stone, Healing Factor)
On a personal note, I rarely take any drugs.
But when I do, for example when I take pain medication for a headache, I always make sure I take larger amounts of ascorbate at the same time to prevent any potential side effects from the medication.
Ascorbate is also a potent virucide that can destroy many viruses including the cold virus. This is only possible at relatively high doses, and not at “vitamin” levels.
Back in 1970, the book Vitamin C the Common Cold and the Flu was published. The author was Linus Pauling, who is the only individual awarded two un-shared Nobel prizes in the world and probably the most important biochemist of the 20th century.
Pauling’s book became a national bestseller, and many people credit Pauling’s book for the decline in mortality rate of heart disease after it was published. (Fonorow, 2008).
Here’s something interesting, why do animals never get a cold?
Animals don’t suffer from colds because they make their own ascorbate in the body continuously. They have this advantage over us. We can’t produce our own so we must relay on external sources.
Our challenge is that we must provide our bodies with a continuous supply of vitamin C if we want the same health benefits that animals naturally get, since most of them produce their own vitamin C in the liver.
Vitamin c is essential for the production of collagen.
If there is not enough ascorbic acid in the body the collagen production will be low and as result, the skin will be weak and loose strength.
Collagen is the body most important structural substance and collagen cannot be formed without ascorbic acid.
Collagen strengthens arteries and veins, supports the muscles, toughness the ligaments and bones, and supplies the scar tissues for healing wounds.
More vitamin C equals more and stronger collagen which results in a youthful skin tissue that is soft, firm and wrinkle-free.
In short, vitamin C delays aging.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is involved in practically all critical body functions and is required in enough amounts by the body to make sure these functions are performed in the most optimal way.
The health benefits of vitamin C include the prevention and healing of an impressive list of chronic diseases that plague us today such as allergies, infections, heart disease and cancer
It offers protection from poisons and toxins. And is extremely important for the skin and the brain chemistry.
Dr. Thomas E. Levy is a world-renowned cardiologist that published the book Curing the Incurable – Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins.
In his book, Dr. Levy lists over 1,200 published scientific studies that show that vitamin C can prevent and heal many common diseases.
What does vitamin C do for your body? How have you benefited from giving your body the ascorbate amounts it needs?