Vitamin c is ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid and ascorbic acid alone is responsible for the immune and collagen effects in the body attribute to vitamin c. The vitamin c spectrum or complex is just a ploy by naturopaths to sell their respective products for a much higher price. There is no scientific evidence that such a thing actually exists. ( vitamin c complex). You take ascorbic acid and you will receive all the benefits ( antioxidant role, collagen producing role, immune enhancing effects) , the added fillers from the " natural vitamin c" are seperate from the effects associated with ascorbic acid and are not needed.
The notion that high doses of vitamin c kills friendly flora is mostly speculative as there isn't really any proof of this specific effects. This is possible if you are surpassing bowel tolerance limit as the excess vitamin c reaches th colon which produces a laxative effect. Optimal intake is taking mouth vitamin c to achieve bowel tolerance limit and then reducing the dosage a gram or so. This effect can be bypassed by taking liposomal vitamin c products , as it offers almost 100% absorption from the small intestine. In some cases better than intravenous because it requires no energy input for cellular transport.
All of these " natural" vitamin c products basically contain ascorbic acid ( many using made in china brands) and an extra filler which gives you the " natural vitamin c complex"....Animals and humans use ascorbic acid, and dehydroascorbic acid for physiological functions . Almost all animal species , except for humans and a few other mammals synthesize their own vitamin c from glucose endogenously in their livers and or kidneys depending on the species. ALL of the scientific research done on the effects of vitamin c on a wide range of diseases uses ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate if intravenous not natural vitamin c complex... whatever this is...
Vitamin c is non toxic, generally considered safer than water. There have been routine administrations of 250 grams daily intravenously with no adverse side effects for cancer, some researches using almost 400 grams a day... directly into the vein with no known serious side effects. Dr Frederick klenner used intravenous vitamin c for a wide range of diseases , including polio which he cured 61/61 patients. This was actually published in the American medical journal 50 years ago and was overlooked.
You can see his paper details here http://www.doctoryou...ennerpaper.html
See also Dr. Cathcarts titration to bowel tolerance limit paper. He had 9000 patients at his clinic where he used high dose vitamin c orally and intravenously for many diseases.
For more information on vitamin c
See Thomas Levy's vitamin c infectious diseases and toxins , where is compiles over. thousand scientific research articles on vitamin c in relation to many different diseases, also see his primal panacea book.
A free book online by Irwin stone, a biochemist that came after Gyorgi and pioneered some vitamin c research, stating that virtually all humans are suffering from hypoascorbemia because of the genetic mutation which caused us to lose the enzyme gulanolactonate which converts glucose to ascorbic acid in majority of all animal species.
Dr. Steve Hickey and hilary Roberts have also written a few books on vitamin c and their research associated with it.
And finally see Linus Pauling and ewan Cameron's research
If you are curious about this Natural vitamin c complex, see the vitamincfoundation article on it.http://vitamincfound...rg/NaturalC.htm
I just want to add that I have megadoses ascorbic acid powder crystals for 4 years, and also taken liposomal livon labs vitamin c pakets about 2 a day for 3 years. Also have recently been making my own liposomal c with soy lecithin granules, powdered ascorbic acid and an ultrasonic cleaner.
If you are looking for a good preparation of oral vitamin c, take Natural factors ASCORBIC ACID crystals. They are corn free and contain pure vitamin c only, no fillers no preservatives , just the nutrient you want. Natural factors is a good brand.
Edited by GouldbergVariations, 30 August 2013 - 01:54 AM.