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Top 10 Reasons To Supplement with Vitamin C

America would save trillions in health care expenses, if this knowledge were widely known and desseminated.
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#1: Too Little Vitamin C is the Leading Cause of Death


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Chronic Scurvy (AKA Heart Disease)

Linus Pauling's last great contribution to human health is the widely ignored discovery that the number one cause of death in America is a chronic vitamin C deficiency.

Chronic Scurvy Update

"I think I know what the answer is... we can get almost complete control of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes by the proper use of this (vitamin C and lysine) therapy... even cure it.... Its almost miraculous..." - Linus Pauling (1992 Heart Disease Video)

The Pauling/Rath unified theory and the Pauling invention of a protocol to treat the heart disease, ranks among the greatest scientific achievements of all time.

Read more at our Vitamin C and Heart Disease page.

Reversing Heart Disease with a Vitamin Dr. Cobb is a physician and one of our customers. His article reprinted with permission from wellbeingjournal.com

A Few Studies

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#2: Take More Vitamin C and Live Longer


Vitamin C Foundation When blood levels are measured, the study results are consistent:

  • Older Brits with Highest Blood Levels of Vitamins C have Lowest Mortality Rates

    A 2003 study from the UK measured Vitamin C blood levels:

    RESULTS: Strong inverse relationship for blood ascorbate (vitamin C) concentrations with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality, Those in the lowest fifth (< 17 micromol/L) had the highest mortality, whereas those in the highest fifth (> 66 micromol/L) had a mortality risk nearly half that (hazard ratio = 0.54; 95% CI: 0.34, 0.84). In fully adjusted models, there was no evidence for an influence of alpha-tocopherol (vitamin-E), beta-carotene, or retinol (vitamin-A) on total mortality.
    Antioxidant Vitamins and Mortality in Older Persons

  • Americans with Highest Blood Levels of Vitamins C and E have Lowest Mortality Rates

    Another recent study at Columbia University measured vitamin C blood levels and was reported by Bill Sardi: The group with the highest blood concentration of vitamin C were 45% less likely to die of any cause ; vitamin E 29% lower death risk compared to adults with the lowest blood concentration. The highest blood concentration of vitamin C also resulted in a relative 60% reduced risk for cancer-related deaths. http://knowledgeofhealth.com/americans-highest-blood-levels-vitamins-c-and-e-have-lowest-mortality-rate/

These blood measurement studies (as opposed to food questionnaire-based studies) would have made Linus Pauling happy. Pauling wrote that even though he couldn't prove it, he had become convinced that supplementing high doses of vitamin C, along with other antioxidants, might extend the healthy life span 20 to 30 years." (ref: How To Live Longer and Feel Better, 1986)

#3: Vitamin C versus Cancer: Non-toxic "Chemo"?


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Non-toxic "chemo" is the miraculous promise of "vitamin C" in the fight against cancer.

Expert Opinion: The Case for Vitamin C Against Cancers

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#4: Vitamin C has Anti-viral Properties


Vitamin C Pioneer Fredrick Klenner, MD, discovered that intravenous vitamin C controls and treats viral infections in the 1940s. See: The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with Vitamin C

Dr. Thomas E Levy, MD, JD, reviewed the literture and after four years of research published: Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Disease and Toxins (2002)

Study: The Effectiveness of Vitamin C in Preventing and Relieving the Symptoms of virus-induced Respiratory Infections.

RESULTS: Overall, reported flu and cold symptoms in the test group decreased 85% compared with the control group after the administration of megadose Vitamin C. CONCLUSION: Vitamin C in megadoses administered before or after the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms in the test population compared with the control group.

The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections.

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Study Finds Vitamin C Can Kill Drug-Resistant TB

Published on May 21, 2013
Dr. William Jacobs, Jr. has determined that vitamin C kills drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in laboratory culture. The paper was published online May 21, 2013 in Nature Communications. Dr. Jacobs is professor of microbiology & immunology and of genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Jacobs is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Press Release

Vitamin C Protects Against the Ebola Virus

In summary, people taking 10+g vitamin C orally should be protected from Ebola. Those that get the disease should be cured quickly with IVC 50g/day for at least 3 days. Ebola depletes your vitamin C causing acute scurvy which kills you. IVC is the only form of vitamin C that, in addition to curing the scurvy, can get blood levels high enough where it acts as a direct viracide by inactivating viral RNA. Ebola Article by WM Wassell, MD

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#5: Vitamin C Helps the Body Eliminate Heavy Metals and Toxins


Vitamin C Foundation Russel Jaffe, MD, PhD has calculated the affinity the uniquely shaped ascorbate ion (vitamin C) has for various heavy metals, and how much vitamin C is required for detox.

Dr. Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, spent seven years in medical libraries researching his book landmark book

Levy Toxin Book

Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins.

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#6: High Dose Vitamin C Improves Overall Health


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Linus Pauling's high vitamin C dosage recommendations have made it possible for countless people to avoid prescription medications

In the 1930s, Dr. Claus W. Jungblut, an early pioneer of vitamin C therapy, discovered that only primates and guinea pigs were susceptible to scurvy as well as anaphylactic shock, pulmonary tuberculosis, diptheritic intoxication, a poliomyelitis-like viral infection and a viral form of leukemia. None of the vitamin C synthesizing laboratory animals had susceptibility to these diseases.

Study: Intake of Vitamin C improved brain cognitive function

Vitamin C Helps Prevent Gout

Recently, study was published that assessed the relationship between vitamin C intake and risk of gout in almost 47,000 men. All the men had no history of gout when they entered the study. Their intakes of vitamin C (via diet and supplements) were assessed every 4 years over a 20-year period.

Risk of gout was found to be lower in individuals with higher vitamin C intake. Compared to individuals with a total vitamin C intake of less than 250 mg per day, those with total intakes of 500 - 999 mg per day had a 17 percent reduced risk of gout. For intakes of 1,000 - 1,499 mg and 1,500 mg or more per day, the risk of getting gout was down by 34 and 45 percent, respectively.

The authors of this study also looked at the relationship between amounts of vitamin C ingested in supplement form only and risk of gout. Here again, higher supplemental levels were associated with a reduced risk of gout. Compared to those who did not supplement with vitamin C, those supplementing with 1,000 - 1,499 mg and 1,500 mg or more of vitamin C per day were found to be at 34 and 45 percent reduced risk of gout, respectively.

These results suggest that vitamin C, either from diet or supplements, is associated with a reduced risk of gout.

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#7: Our Genetic Defect (Most Animals Make Vitamin C)


Vitamin C Foundation Humans cannot make their own vitamin C, but almost all other species on the planet can and do make large amounts of vitamin C 24/7. This makes vitamin C unlike the other essential vitamins which must be in the diet of both we and our animal friends.

The loss of a single gene (termed GULO) prevents you from making your own vitamin C.

Read more: The One Thing to Know About Vitamin C.

#8: Vitamin C & Collagen: Improves Skin Appearance and Eliminates Dental Decay


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Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen, and those who take more optimal amounts of the vitamin enjoy improvements in their appearance; e.g., "thicker" and wrinkle-free skin, increased fingernail growth, the elimination of certain age spots and dark circles under and around the eyes, as well as better healing.

A little known benefit discovered by dentists in the 1950s is that 6,000 mg daily completely prevents dental carries (cavaties).

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#9: Governmental (RDA) Recommendations are Too Low


Vitamin C Foundation Why do our recommendations run counter to medical and governmental authorities?

Don't Tissues Saturate at 200 mg of Vitamin C? The erroneous idea that 200 mg of vitamin C is all our bodies can use daily arose out of important research by the Mark Levine group at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIH papers were analyzed by pharmacology professors Steve Hickey, Ph.D. and Hilary Roberts, Ph.D., and the errors were communicated to the NIH and other authorities. After normal scientific channels failed, these UK scientists authored two important books detailing the errors in the NIH research conclusions.

Vitamin C Foundation The basic flaw in the NIH research was not accounting for the short half life of vitamin C (aka ascorbate) in the blood plasma. Using the NIH's own numbers, Hickey and Roberts developed their Dynamic Flow theory.
For those interested in the details why our blood plasma and tissues do not "saturate" at 200 mg daily, please refer to:

Vitamin C Foundation Apparently the Linus Pauling Institute is aware of the faulty NIH research, but not of the Hickey/Roberts rebuttal arguments.
One major implication of the Hickey/Roberts' Dynamic Flow theory is that taking 500 mg of vitamin C orally every 3 hours maintains the highest steady-state blood plasma concentrations.

Owen Fonorow's measurements, as published in the July 2017 Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, shows that 4,000 mg of ascorbic acid (but not sodium ascorbate) can be absorbed into the blood stream after oral intake without loss equivalent to an intravenous infusion.

Safer than Water

There is little risk in adopting our vitamin C recommendations. Vitamin C is completely non-toxic (less toxic than water), and no harmful oral dosage has been discovered in toxicity studies, i.e., there is no LDL-50 dosage (the lethal dosage at which 50 percent of the lab animals given the substance are killed .)

Even the Linus Pauling Institute has it wrong. Vitamin C: Myths And Reality Outside The Research Laboratory

"If a news reporter asks the vitamin C experts at the Linus Pauling Institute today about how much vitamin C is needed to maintain health they are going to answer with the same nonsense that has polluted the minds of millions over the past 3-4 decades: only 200 milligrams a day and forget vitamin C pills, fruits and vegetables will do." — Bill Sardi

The Vitamin C Foundation's Recommended Daily Intake/Allowance

#10: Your Doctor Lacks Training in Vitamin C


Vitamin C Foundation Don't expect to hear about any of this from Medical Doctors. Medical doctors, for whatever reasons, have not been trained in the massive vitamin C research.

The massive science (a small portion of which is reported on these pages) is missing in medical educations. And a negative propaganda campaign exists to keep doctors comfortable in their ignorance.

How Owen Fonorow Knows That Vitamin C is Ignored in Med Schools

"In 1994, I attended a 300 level college course entitled Therapeutic Nutrition at then Illinois Benedictine College (IBC), now Illinois Benedictine University. I was hoping to advance my knowledge of vitamin C. To my utter surprise, vitamin C was not mentioned a single time in a semester long course on therapeutic nutrition.

Illinois Benedictine is outstanding and brags that more than 80% of its graduates who so desire are accepted into medical and dental schools. For these future doctors, there can be nothing to the therapeutic claims for vitamin C, otherwise they would have learned something about it. (This nutrition class may be the last class in nutrition these future doctors attend.)

Curious, I obtained some of the materials from an earlier prerequisite course in basic nutrition, and found a "How To Spot A Quack" checklist in this material. Prominent on the checklist was the label that any doctor who prescribes or recommends more than the RDA amounts of a vitamin is a 'quack.'"

- Owen Fonorow

Confused by the Recent Anti-Vitamin C Stories in the News?!

The first thing to note about the spate of negative stories is that they usually aren't based upon some new study. Another clue is that they range across various potential medical uses of vitamin C. This article, HOW YOU CAN HELP COUNTER THE PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN AIMED AT MEDICAL ALTERNATIVES was written by one of the co-founders of the Vitamin C Foundation in 1996! Not much has changed in 20 years.

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