Vitamin C deficiency linked to pneumonia

Vitamin C deficiency linked to pneumonia
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(Naturalhealth365) For over 70 years, forward-thinking physicians have noted the association between vitamin C deficiency and pneumonia – a serious health condition that claims over 50,000 lives a year. For example, in medical literature written as early as 1936, physicians credited the vitamin with “favorably influencing” outcomes for pneumonia patients.

However, the attitude of Western medicine towards high-dose vitamins has deteriorated since the 1970’s – when poorly designed, low-dosage studies appeared to show a lack of vitamin C benefits for respiratory conditions. Fortunately, a surge of recent studies and reviews are shedding new light on the preventive and therapeutic powers of vitamin C against pneumonia – and other respiratory diseases.

Mild and severe vitamin C deficiencies alike are linked with an increased risk of infectious disease

In the 1930’s, scientists made a connection between scurvy – severe vitamin C deficiency – and pneumonia. Not only is pneumonia one of the most frequent complications of scurvy, but it is a common prevailing cause of death.

People in good health have vitamin C blood concentrations of about 70 micromoles per liter. Moderate vitamin C deficiencies can occur at around 23 micromoles per liter, while severe deficiencies – and risk of scurvy – appear at concentrations under 11 micromoles/liter.

Startling new research shows that 14 percent of males and 10 percent of females in the US have vitamin C levels below 11 micromoles/liter – the clinical threshold for severe deficiency.

Not only are severe vitamin C deficiencies strongly linked with pneumonia, but milder, or “marginal,” vitamin C deficiencies are also associated with increased risk and severity of infections.

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Avoiding vitamin C deficiencies can dramatically slash pneumonia risk

In a review published last March in Nutrients, Dr. Harri Hemila of the University of Helsinki noted that three different controlled trials found that vitamin C significantly protected against pneumonia – reducing risk by up to 80 percent.

Dr. Hemila also reported that two separate studies had found a treatment benefit of vitamin C for pneumonia patients.

In one study involving pneumonia patients, researchers found that a dosage of vitamin C ranging from 500 to 1600 milligrams a day cut hospital duration by a third. The patients also experienced benefits that included normalization of chest X-rays, temperature, and ESR, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

According to Dr. Hemila, 148 animal studies show that vitamin C may alleviate or prevent infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi – including tuberculosis, strep infections, diphtheria and Candida albicans.

In addition, the regular administration of this essential nutrient can shortens the duration of colds.

Vitamin C levels decline with illness – making supplementation a must

Researchers have found that white blood cells have vitamin C levels up to ten times higher than those of blood plasma, indicating a functional role in the immune system. In fact, they have discovered that cells have active vitamin C transporter molecules in their membranes to help the vitamin gain access.

Scientists believe that vitamin C stimulates the immune system and promotes the functions of disease-fighting phagocytes. But the increased need for vitamin C in times of illness can create shortages in the body that must be corrected.

For this reason, integrative healthcare providers have long insisted that intake of vitamin C should be drastically raised when illness is present. In addition, the nutrient’s antioxidant properties can help curtail the oxidative stress that is created by the immune system in response to pathogens.

Listen to the quick video (below) to hear the account of Andrew Saul, Ph.D. –author of “Doctor Yourself” and the editor of Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine – who attributes his rapid recovery from viral pneumonia to mega-doses of vitamin C.

Inappropriately low vitamin C dosages can jeopardize beneficial effects

High-dose vitamin C advocates say that the inconclusive findings of some vitamin studies result from the low dosages used by many researchers. Because vitamin C is dose-dependent, benefits rise in proportion to dosages, experts say. And, the nutrient must be given in large enough dosages to be effective.

One simple truth to remember: the sicker you are, the more vitamin C you need.

For example, in one study (showing no benefit) researchers administered a mere 25 milligrams of vitamin C a day. Comprising half the amount of the vitamin C found in a small orange, this dosage is so low as to be ludicrous – and probably non-effective in treating illness.

But in another study, participants with colds were given either 4,000 mg (4 grams) or 8,000 mg (8 grams) a day of vitamin C. The group that received the 8-gram dosage enjoyed a 19 percent reduction in the length of their colds – roughly double that of the 4-gram dosage group.

In a review published in Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, (JRSM) the authors noted that “dangers” of mega-dosages of ascorbic acid have been shown to be “unfounded” – and recommended that patients with pneumonia take dosages as high as 100 grams a day of vitamin C.

Dr. Thomas E. Levy, board-certified cardiologist and advocate of high-dosage vitamin C therapy, recommends liposome-encapsulated vitamin C as a highly effective addition to any nutrient-based protocol.

The liposomal form allows the vitamin to pass through the digestive barrier and into the bloodstream and cells, eliminating possible gastrointestinal side effects. According to Dr. Levy, five grams of liposome-encapsulated vitamin C can work as well as 50 grams given intravenously.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Levy’s “multi-C protocol.”

(Note: The authors of the JRSM article warned that some studies have shown that high doses of vitamin C, when coupled with vitamin E supplementation, could increase chances of pneumonia and tuberculosis.)

Before taking nutritional supplements for any other health condition, be sure to consult with trusted medical professional – who understands the value of nutritional supplements and can help you determine what’s best for you.

The amazing ability of high-dose nutritional therapies to prevent and treat infectious respiratory diseases has not gone unnoticed by a growing number of integrative physicians, researchers and medical reviewers. Yet, the American Medical Association continues to insist, “There is no reliable evidence that large doses of vitamin C prevent colds or shorten their duration.”

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

And, thankfully, attitudes are finally changing for the better.

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Trudie Barrett
Trudie Barrett
2 years ago

This is one condition that scares me. When I get bronchitis it takes me very long to get rid of it. Once it took many months for it to clear. A neighbor who got pneumonia took months to get well. I will do anything to avoid it. I have ordered vitamin C as it is something that I probably need. I have had bronchitis quite a few times.

Lance Rowan
Lance Rowan
2 years ago

This flu season will be a bad one according to the reports. Pneumonia is something that can follow. What I think about is all the people who are given antibiotics to combat it. That is the part that concerns me-it is the last thing I want to take. Without a doubt many people are vitamin C deficient so I am glad to have read this article. I hope everyone shifts their focus to prevention.

Joel WS
Joel WS
Reply to  Lance Rowan
2 years ago

A study correlated low seasonal vitamin D as the likely factor in “cold and flu season.” Adequate levels of VitaD3 provides an ‘innate’ level of immunity. We are around people all year ’round but don’t seem to get sick until after we lack exposure to the sun. I have been hyper-dosing with D3 along with the critically important vitamin K2 in two forms MK-4 and MK-7 for over two years straight. 100mcg per 1000 IU of D3. The K2 stimulates a protein which ‘herds’ calcium into your teeth and bones. This is important to prevent calcification of heart valves, blood vessels and etcetera. A recent ‘news’ report on vitamin D conveniently failed to mention this fact – again, thus leaving the average TV viewer petrified (no pun intended but was a good one at that) about the dangers of taking ‘too much’ vitamin D. About a hundred years ago, when VitaD was discovered, it was called the sunshine vitamin and people routinely took 20 MILLIGRAMS a day. People got so healthy, the hospitals were too empty to stay in business. Hence the unfathomable International Unit was devised. A million IUs sounded like a scary huge overdose and got people to back off. Look at the history of unpatentable remedies and you will see a pattern of dietary supplements coming under attack every 15 years more or less. Guess who/what entity is behind the push to re-regulate them and you’d most likely be correct. Imagine needing a doctor’s prescription to buy a bottle of vitamin C. Can’t imagine such a thing? Try it in Germany without one.

Esther Walker
Esther Walker
2 years ago

Some reports warn people about taking too much vitamin C. What about putting their attention on too many antibiotics. I suspect they are paid for reports. I don’t know of anyone that had any of the many side effects they would have had if they took antibiotics.

I have seen and also had disastrous side effects from even small doses of antibiotics. Large doses of vitamin C on the other hand has benefited me in so many ways.

Joel WS
Joel WS
Reply to  Esther Walker
2 years ago

Have you ever counted the varieties and number of ‘weasel words’ used in these so-called ‘news’ reports? Examples include: may, could, might, seem to indicate, not verified, should exercise caution, more studies needed… and the weasel word train chugs on. My favorite is – VITAMIN C MAY CAUSE CANCER! Essential to every cell for life, VitaC has shown to reverse a cancerous cell back toward a normal cell in lab studies. I think I’ll take my chances with a ‘vital amine’ over chemicals, radiation, chemo or anything that comes out of the Big Hog Pharma Operations anymore.

Curtis
Curtis
2 years ago

What a welcome shift in emphasis. Addressing both the prevention and treatment with something like vitamin C is hopefully going to replace the inadequately way we treat pneumonia.

Joel WS
Joel WS
2 years ago

[Nothing could be farther from the truth.]

Nit picking s.o.b. that I am, it’s further when dealing with abstract notions. Farther references physical distance. Farthermore, some have suggested you can make your own liposomal vitamin C with an ultrasonic cleaning machine and a powdered source of citric acid. Anyone have some insight on this?

(And yes, I was being sarcastic with the ‘farthermore’ transition, but it made my first point more understandable.) : ^ )

Georgie Song
Georgie Song
2 years ago

I am a strong advocate of Vitamin C, in fact, it my opinion it the most important vitamin for the body. This sounded really great, but I still skeptical if high dosage of Vitamin C would saved anyone that dying at the hospital from “complication” of pneumonia. Georgie, MS, NS.

Fred Thomas
Fred Thomas
Reply to  Georgie Song
2 years ago

If you take high dose Vitamin C orally your body will expel it quickly and will not be absorbed.The same for B-12. High Dose IV Vit C can be taken in very large amounts and may also help combat cancer . We are a nation of being severely depleted in vit and minerals many of which are lost by the medicines we take like diuretics.There are studies from around the world you could research. Take Care and be Well.!!

Fred Thomas
Fred Thomas
2 years ago

Many residents of nursing homes are very deficient in Vitamin D .Pneumonia is very prevalent even in summer. Maybe a high quality vitamin and mineral for your loved ones in nursing homes may help them. Vitamin C complex is what I take..