Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant necessary to protect our body from free radicals that can damage our cells.
It is also essential to strengthen the immune system.
The question is: “Are we taking enough? How much should we take?”
Cleanse the body and repair damaged cells
Oxidation reactions are a physiological process in animal tissue. They develop from respiration, metabolism, sunlight, exercise and many other factors.
However, they produce harmful molecules called free radicals.
When the production of free radicals is beyond the protective capability of the antioxidant defenses, oxidative stress occurs.
This process causes damage or death of the cells and also alters the cell DNA playing a significant role in many human diseases.
It’s not that we have a faulty DNA, it’s that oxidative stress damages it.
Antioxidants terminate harmful chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates and inhibiting other oxidation reactions.
In other words, they are essential to cleanse the body and repair damaged cells.
Are you lacking in vitamin C or taking enough?
The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) is the daily dietary intake level of a nutrient considered sufficient by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine to meet the requirements of 97.5% of healthy individuals in each life-stage and sex group.
The problem is that when it comes to minerals and vitamins we are not getting enough of them.
And we’re not getting enough because we don’t really know what is the minimum required to live optimally. It hasn’t been researched well enough.
For example, what is enough vitamin C? The RDA is fixed at 90 mg/day.
Now, do you know how the government came up with this number? Well, it comes out by:
- Measuring all the food that is soiled every year
- From this you calculate how much vitamin C is soiled every year
- Divide by the number of people
- Divide by the number of days in a year
This is where the RDA for vitamin C (90mg/ day) comes out.
And medical doctors and traditional nutritionists base their recommendations on that calculation that has nothing to do neither with science nor health.
The optimal dosage theory
Linus Pauling, a great scientific mind, came up with 2500 mg/day for Vitamin C. In his later years he promoted megavitamin therapy, dietary supplements, and taking large doses of vitamin C, none of which have gained acceptance in the mainstream scientific community.
The fact that we keep the RDA for Vitamin C at 90 mg/day is ridiculous.
It is ridiculous because stress burns this quantity in a few minutes, pollution and processed food do the same, a single cigarette burns all the RDA.
Even if we don’t exactly know what is the minimum required it’s easy to understand that the limit set by the government is way too low.
Yet it seems not too easy to understand for the Food and Nutrition Board. Actually, the fact is if they accept to recommend large doses of minerals and vitamins the whole Pharmaceutical Industry would be out of business.
“Good nutrition and vitamins do not directly cure disease, the body does. You provide the raw materials and the inborn wisdom of your body makes the repair.” – Andrew W. Saul
“No evidence compels the conclusion that the minimum required intake of any vitamin comes close to the optimum intake that sustains good health.”– Linus Pauling
“Vitamin C is the world’s best natural antibiotic, antiviral, antitoxin and antihistamine.” – Andrew W. Saul
How to get the optimal levels of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant.
The RDA of 90 mg a day, is just enough to barely survive.
In a world plagued by chronic diseases, it’s absolutely not enough.
If you want to heal and repair your damaged cells you have to take 3 to 7 grams a day while if you’re already healthy 1.5 to 3 grams a day for maintenance are enough.
Also you need to spread the dosage throughout the day because your body will absorb only so much at one time.
If you think it’s enough to take your vitamin C from food think twice. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
A lemon or an orange contain about 50 mg of vitamin C. It means you’d need to eat 100 oranges a day to take 5 grams of vitamin C.
The only way to reclaim your health is to take supplements.
There are two options:
1. Buy vitamin C tablets
This is the easiest option. Just buy Vitamin C tablets and take them.
Ideally each pill contains 1g of vitamin C taken 5 times per day.
2. Buy Ascorbic Acid Powder
If you want to save some money you can buy ascorbic acid powder. Also, this is the most natural possible form of the vitamin.
Ascorbic acid is just the name of Vitamin C.
Now you have to make your own dosage of Vitamin C. So follow this easy steps:
- Pour 66 grams of ascorbic acid powder in a liter of water and shake the bottle.
- Drink 15 ml (that contains 1 gram of vitamin C) ideally 5 times a day for therapeutic effects.
- Use glass bottles (plastic may leak toxic substances) and keep them in a cool, dry and dark place.
Make sure to buy only healthy supplements
Most supplements have been processed by Pharmaceutical Companies the same way our food is processed so they often contain sugar and other toxic elements.
Make sure to read the label to check the list of ingredients and only buy from trusted sources.