Prevent and reverse infections with vitamin C

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vitamin-C-pill(NaturalHealth365) Vitamin C benefits are well-known, including bringing support to the immune system and to overall health. This powerful antioxidant can help to fend off colds and flu. Additional vitamin C benefits include supporting the cardiovascular system and the health of the bones, kidneys and respiratory system.

Even better news, vitamin C is affordable and well-tolerated by most people eating vitamin C-rich foods as well as in supplement form.

But, here’s a lesser-known truth: Vitamin C is being recognized for its efficacy as an affordable and effective way to fight off infections like pneumonia, even conditions as severe as sepsis.  Sepsis, or blood poisoning, is a dangerous bacterial infection that causes an immune system overreaction, reduced oxygen and increased toxins in the blood, blood clots and eventually organ failure. The mortality rate is a steep 40 percent.

Ignored by hospitals: High dose vitamin C therapy can eliminate the threat of sepsis

Vitamin C has been found very effective in the treating, prevention and even reversal of infections like sepsis. In a recent animal study, mice infected with the severe, life-threatening infection were dramatically assisted by injections of vitamin C. This study was published in 2010 in Intensive Care Medicine and conducted by Lawson Health Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario. Researchers indicate there are similar human vitamin C benefits.

Vitamin C addresses infections like sepsis by offsetting the oxidative reaction, reducing blood clotting and stimulating nitric oxide production. This helps to stop the microvascular dysfunction that could otherwise cause organ failure. In the case of sepsis or other serious infections, even a single high dose of vitamin C via injection could make a tremendous difference in health.

Another study published in Annals of Surgery in 2002 showed that critically ill patients could benefit greatly from high doses of vitamin C as well, with doses of vitamin C as well as vitamin E substantially lowering mortality rates.

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Vitamin C benefits are far reaching, from cell repair to fighting infections

The effectiveness of vitamin C is largely due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. It plays a vital role in the repair and growth of new tissues as well as building skin collagen, making it critical for wound healing.

Vitamin C has also been shown to suppress cell damage and contribute to a longer life span.  Inadequate vitamin C levels are linked with increased risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and cancer.

Since vitamin C is not stored in the body, diet and supplementation are key to getting enough of this life-sustaining nutrient.  Most government-sponsored health agencies suggest a ridiculously low 75 mg per day for women and 90 mg for men.  (This amount would barely keep a mouse healthy)

Bottom line: Larger doses are recommended, by most integrative healthcare providers, whenever trying to resolve a serious health crisis – as part of an overall strategy to boost immune function.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23917525

http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2006/10/report_vitaminc/Page-01

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/vitamin-c-benefits-reversing-blood-poisoning-1161.html

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  • Harris Palmer

    I have used high doses of vitamin C to fight a virus and it worked. This is my first line of defense to ward off colds, flu and even gum problems.

  • Sharon L

    When I feel the sniffle coming on I up my vitamin C and it never progresses. I have a diet that contains fruits and vegetables with lots of vitamin C, and there are many times it doesn’t cut it especially in allergy season.

  • Lindsey P

    There is so much misinformation on vitamin C, that it is hard to convince anyone to use more than the minimum recommended amount.

    My neighbor had pneumonia and was put on antibiotics. It turned out to be viral pneumonia. I suggested vitamin C and she said she gets it in her multivitamin and that is all she needs.

  • The Science Guy

    Vitamin C supports the adrenal glands, which in turn supports the thyroid gland. This is the gland that helps with immunity and again vitamin C is doing its job.

  • Tami Preston

    Vitamin C works like nothing else. There is a virus going around where I live. It seem everyone was sick around us. The ones who had a bad case went to the doctor and were put on antibiotics.

    A friend of ours in the community was put on Cipro for one month, because he had COPD and a heart condition. My husband and I had some of the same symptoms muscle pain, exhaustion and chills. Our legs were so weak we couldn’t walk.

    The friend wound up with a mild heart attack. The reason is Cipro is not to be given to anyone with a heart condition. The information can be found on the web, yet the doctor didn’t have any idea of the dangers.

    We being readers of this website had LivOn Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C in the house. We loaded up by taking it all day for two full days and now are virus free.

  • Lisa

    Liposomal vitamin C is the best! 1000 milligrams a day, keeps the doctor away. Up it to 1000 mgs. Three times a day if you feel a cold,or flu coming on. I use Lypo-Spheric. By, Livon Laboratory

  • Annie

    Will this vit C help get rid of cellulitis secondary to chigger bites?