Vitamin C and Your Immunity

One of the first “alternative” therapies to gain a lot of mainstream publicity was Vitamin C, primarily because Dr. Linus Pauling was already a Nobel Laureate when he took up the torch for Vitamin C, and advocated that people take massive doses of it.

The most publicized use of Vitamin C was against the common cold, but it’s effective against all types of infections, bacterial and viral. Vitamin C attacks the free radicals generated by viruses. It does this chemically, by giving up its own electrons to neutralize free radicals.

orange with vitamin c pills Plus, Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation and other symptoms of a serious infection.

The biggest problem with Vitamin C is that people can’t produce it within their bodies. We must get it from the food we eat. And since it’s destroyed when it sacrifices its electrons to neutralize free radicals, we can’t store it. We have to keep taking in an adequate supply. When we’re fighting a serious infection, we need to keep taking massive quantities. That’s why, for a serious infection, you need to do a lot more than drink a few glasses of orange juice.

In 1949, before Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine, Frederick Klenner claimed to be curing polio cases by injecting them with large quantities of ascorbic acid (a form of Vitamin C). He published his results in SOUTHERN MEDICINE AND SURGERY.

If you have an extreme infection, a naturopath or other doctor could help you fight it by injecting you with sodium ascorbate.

Vitamin C advocates say that you should take as much Vitamin C every day as you can, without coming down with diarrhea (which excessive Vitamin C causes). They advise you to take 1000 mg with every meal, then keep increasing the amount until you do have diarrhea. Then cut back to the largest amount that didn’t cause diarrhea.

However, if you’re feel ill, under stress or exposed to a lot of toxins, you should go ahead and increase your Vitamin C intake, because all these things increase your need for it.

Always drink lots of water when taking Vitamin C. You need it to help your body rid itself of the toxins that the vitamin destroys for you.

Vitamin C also comes in crystal or powder form, which some people like to take, but this excessive acid can wear at the enamel of your teeth. You should therefore stick with swallowing capsules, or take powder of sodium ascorbate. It’s pH neutral, so it won’t wear your tooth enamel away.

Other health experts advise you not to take massive doses of Vitamin C, because it’s believed to actually cause more free radical damage, if you take too much. They do advise you to take a moderate amount, because it’s important to have enough and dietary intake of this vitamin is uncertain, but not the massive quantities advocated by Dr. Pauling and his professional followers.

Ideally, you’d eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables every day to get enough Vitamin C, but this is not a reality for most people in the world. People in the developed world just don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and many people in the developing world can’t afford them, especially out of season.