Humans must consume “C” every day – they are among the few animals who do not produce “C”
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient (required for normal body functioning that cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from a dietary source).
The presence of Vitamin C is required for a range of essential metabolic reactions in all animals and in plants and is made internally by almost all organisms, humans being one notable exception.
Scurvy is caused by deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weakness. A severe deficiency of vitamin C leads to tooth loss.
In 1970 Dr. Linus Pauling proposed that regular intake of vitamin-C in amounts far higher than the officially sanctioned RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) could help prevent and shorten the duration of the common cold.
Recent medical research has confirmed Dr. Pauling’s original idea. Not only does a high vitamin C intake markedly reduce the severity of a cold, it also effectively prevents secondary viral or bacterial complications. Vitamin C works by stimulating the immune system and protecting against damage by the free radicals released by the body in its fight against the infection.
While 200 mg per day of vitamin C may be sufficient to maintain a reasonable health status in healthy, young men, it is clear that such a relatively low intake is far from adequate for older and sick people. It is also evident that far greater amounts are required to provide optimum protection against degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Vitamin C should be taken to bowel tolerance: increase the amount taken until your bowels become loose, reduce the amount until your bowels are no longer loose and take that amount daily. Hopefully it will be at least 1,000 mg daily. Dr. Pauling recommended vitamin C intakes of 1,000 mg per day or more.
Vitamin C is best taken at least twice a day.
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