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What is Vitamin C What is Ascorbic Acid Ep 55

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What is Vitamin C What is Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin Junkeys Episode #55 (running time 6:57)
Date: March 9, 2010
Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of MeVIO Music Alley
Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.)

This episode examines:

Why is it important to take Vitamin C?

How much Vitamin C should I take?

Can you take too much Vitamin C?

What happens if you are deficient in Vitamin C?

Can you get enough Vitamin C in the foods you eat?


What's Dr. JJ taking today?

Dr. JJ is taking 500 mg of Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Dr. JJ is taking a capsule form, but it is also available in a tablet or liquid form.

Buffered Vitamin C is also available- it has calcium in the formula to reduce the impact of the acid.  

Ester C is a different form of ascorbic acid that is reported to be more, however, Dr.JJ has not seen a difference in his practice and typically recommends regular Vitamin C.

Why should we take Vitamin C?  Why is Vitamin C important for our bodies?

If you don't get enough Vitamin C in your diet, you will get scurvy.  Dr. JJ has had a couple of patients get scurvy.  One patient had a diet of pizza and beer and had loose teeth and bleeding gums (signs of scurvy).


Vitamin C has great anti-cancer properties, great for your immune system, heart disease.  There are probably about 50-60 medical conditions that Vitamin C and treat or prevent.


Note:  new research published in the time since this episode was recorded: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,  November, 2009 stating that too much Vitamin C (supplement form) may cause cataracts in women.  More research needs to be done in this area.


What is Dr. JJ's  recommended daily dose of Vitamin C?

Dr. JJ doesn't follow the daily recommended dose (it's very low). He prescribes therapeutic doses of Vitamin C.  Dr. JJ recommends that his patients take about 1,000mg/day of Vitamin C.  When people feel sick, he suggests taking more to help stimulate the immune system.


Can you take too much Vitamin C?

If you take too much Vitamin C, you will get diarrhea, or bowel intolerance.  It is an osmotic effect that will pass through your stool.

Some people megadose Vitamin C for conditions like cancer or arthritis.

If you are prone to forming kidney stones, there is conflicting evidence over how much Vitamin C you should take, as some research suggests that too much Vitamin C will increase kidney stone formation.

Dr. JJ has used Vitamin C supplementation for adrenal fatigue.

Dr. JJ has some patients who he treats with Vitamin C intravenously.  When Vitamin C is given in this form, you can take very high doses like 100 g (100,000 mg), without experiencing loose bowel movements, because the Vitamin C is being injected directly into the blood.

What happens if you are deficient in Vitamin C?  How do you know if you are deficient in Vitamin C?

Signs of C Vitamin deficiency include:

  • scurvy
  • gingivitis
  • weaker immune system
  • more susceptible to free radical damage

Can you get enough Vitamin C in the foods you eat?

Yes, you can get some vitamin C in the foods that you eat, but not in the therapeutic doses that Dr. JJ is suggesting.  Dr. JJ recommends his patients take additional supplements.

Some good food sources of Vitamin C include:

  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • bell peppers (avoid if you have arthritis)
  • citrus fruits
  • apples
  • Overall, most fruits and vegetables

Do not heat up your fruits and vegetables, it breaks down the vitamin C.  It's best to eat fresh, raw fruits and vegetables to get the greatest benefits.


It's always best to consult with a healthcare practitioner before trying a new approach.  If you would like to find an alternative healthcare practitioner to help you address a health issue, you can find a naturopath, holistic nutritionist and other practitioners in your community through the Find a Practitioner link on our website

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Editor: Jerome Marrin,  Jerome Marrin Media Production
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