High dose vitamin C is beneficial for immune support.
Signs and Symptoms for Nutrient Applications
- Common cold - Respiratory infections - Flu - Antioxidant function - Immune enhancement - Adrenal and thyroid support - Viral infections - Inflammation - Asthma - Post-surgical support - Substance addiction - Heavy metal toxicities - Diabetes - Eye problems (antioxidant effect) - Heart disease - Fatigue
Given the many varied functions of vitamin C in the body, it is no surprise that it is essential to the immune system. It has been suggested that larger doses than the RDA may be useful in preventing the formation of carcinogenic substances and in boosting immunity (Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 1990;19(2):p.483). Consumption of vitamin C has been inversely related to incidences of cancer in epidemiological studies (Kromhout D. Essential micronutrients in relation to carcinogenesis. Am J Clin Nutr 1987;45:1361-7). According to a report in Allergy and Imm. (Feb., 1993), vitamin C has a "special influence" on enhancing the immune response and warding off infection. Several studies of groups taking vitamin C show that it reduces the longevity and severity of colds (Brit. J. Nutr. 67:3-16). One group, taking 600 mg supplements, had upper respiratory tract infections reduced by 50% (Amer. J. Clin. Nutr. 57:170-74). Extra addition of vitamin C seems to boost the immune system by increasing cellular immune functions and stimulating neutrophils (immune-fighting cells). Patients receiving 1 gram of vitamin C daily had improved neutrophil activity, resulting in a dramatic reduction of infectious attacks (Anderson, R. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. Suppl. 23:23-34, 1982; Patrone, R, Dallegri, F, Bonvivi, E, et al. Acta Vitaminol Enzymol. 4:163-68, 1982). Most importantly, vitamin C treated groups don't feel as bad while they are sick. When this means less sick days and less interference with our daily lives, vitamin C can help keep productivity levels up.
Asthma and Aging
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which guards against the oxidant stress involved in the cause and progression of asthma (Hatch GE Am J of Clin Nutr 1995;61(suppl): p. 628S). A UCLA researcher, James Enstrom, says that 300 mg of vitamin C a day (half from supplements) will extend the life of men 5 or 6 years longer than those getting only 25 mg. Enstrom claims that the same amount will add two years to a woman's life (Fort Collins Coloradoan USA Weekend, Sept 30, 1994 p. 10).
The presence of hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and atherosclerosis is more frequent in humans with a low intake of vitamin C. Optimum intake of ascorbic acid to prevent these disorders ... “probably exceeds tenfold the doses officially recommended and is in the range of some hundred of milligram of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) per day" (Miquel & Quintanilha The CRC Handbook of Free Radicals and Antioxidants in Biomedicine 1989; CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla. p. 194). In one study, administration of gram doses of vitamin C led to a massive decrease in circulating triglycerides (Sokoloff, B, Hori, M, Saelhof, CC et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 14:1239-60, 1966; Ginter, E, N Engl J Med. 294:559-60, 1976.; Gooly, KL, Diamond, LH. Ann Intern Med. 93:511, 1980). Vitamin C's antioxidant function prevents the oxidation of LDL (the bad cholesterol), which has been shown to be instrumental in heart disease. One puff on a cigarette can deplete the plasma vitamin C content by as much as 50%. This is why the RDA for vitamin C intake for smokers is six times that for non-smokers (Efstratopoulos AD & Voyaki SM J of Hypertension 1993 11(suppl 5):S112-113). Clinical trials are now showing that vitamin C can lower blood pressure. When Trout et al. supplemented 12 borderline hypertensives with 1 gram of vitamin C for six weeks, they demonstrated a significant reduction in blood pressure. (Trout, D.L. 1991. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 53:322S-25S).
High dosages of vitamin C (>1000 mg.) should not be taken by gout patients or by kidney stone formers. Vitamin C is contraindicated in iron overload disease.
Disclaimer: The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA. The nutritional suggestions and research provided are for informational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease and should not be used as a substitute for sound medical advice. Please see your health care professional in all matters pertaining to your physical health.
Buffered C is a gentle form of vitamin C for sensitive individuals. It helps support the bodys immune system, immune responses, and white blood cell function and activity. It is one of the most potent dietary antioxidants, provides nutritional support to all functions of the body, and is essential in collagen formation. Vitamin C supports iron absorption from the gastrointestinal tract.
SERVING SIZE: 1 cap/SERVINGS PER CONTAINER:220
AMOUNT PER SERVING: %DV
Buffered Vitamin C (From Calcium ascorbate 367mg)....300 mg 500
Buffered Vitamin C (From Magnesium ascorbate 145mg)..100 mg 166
Buffered Vitamin C (From Potassium ascorbate 112mg)..100 mg 166
Calcium(ascorbate)..................34 mg 3.4
Magnesium(ascorbate).................7 mg 1.9
Potassium(ascorbate)................22 mg 22
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Take 1 or 2 capsules two to four times daily or as directed by your healthcare professional.
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