Vitamin Basics including Ascorbic Acid

Summary

Vitamin C is the basic starting supplement although ascorbic acid is more the proper designation. Contrary to some medical blogs, there is no max limit on it. If you consume too much you will end up with a mild case of diarrhea. For severe illnesses it can be injected by IV.

Vitamin B3, or niacin has many uses and comes in both niacin, which causes a mild facial flush, and no-flush niacin. Niacin amide is also useful in arthritis. I have had three different doctors make different recommendations regarding which form to use. I currently use all three. There is also a time release version which seemed a bit pricey.

Vitamin E is also another standard. Make sure you get a supplement which has all forms of the supplement. Until recently only the alpha tocopherol member of the family was included.

Vitamin D3 has only recently become popular and now the recommendations for dosage keep increasing. I currently take 5000 IU daily, but it would not surprise me to see the recommended dosage increase. The whole philosophy of sunlight exposure and causes of melanoma is currently being revisited.

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Vitamin A is the anti viral. Take care on the dosage here if you use true vitamin A. If you take it in the form of beta carotene, the body will process only what it needs.

Vitamin B12 is the energy vitamin, The doctor will probably give you B12 by injection since oral B12 does not get absorbed well. There are B12 products for use under the tongue and mouth sprays which claim to be more effective.

Vitamin B9 or folic acid is a requirement for women during pregnancy. My introduction to folic acid was as a treatment for gout.

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Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) has an effect on most everything.

As previously noted ascorbic acid was the first on my list. It was popularized years ago by Linus Pauling for curing the common cold. Unfortunately, Dr. Pauling was not part of the medical establishment, so the establishment ran their own test with a totally insufficient ascorbic acid dosage and discredited Dr. Pauling’s findings. By an unfortunate twist, when ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) was isolated, it was thought to fit the category of a vitamin, which Webster defines as “an organic substance that is essential in minute quantities for nutrition.” Key word is “minute”.

Most vitamins are required in daily dosage amounts of milligrams or micrograms. Current usage of ascorbic acid to cure severe ailments is in the gram or even hundreds of grams per day range. The only upper limit on its usage is “bowel tolerance”. If you take too much ascorbic acid at one time, you will encounter a mild diarrhea. For most people the typical dosage is between four and six grams a day. If you are ill, your tolerance to ascorbic acid increases many times. When your illness is cured, your requirements drop back to a normal level. I currently take 1000mg every 4 hours when convenient which totals 4 to 6 grams daily.

Ascorbic acid is not produced in the human body, but is required in many of the processes, and is stored in limited quantities in several areas of the body. Many animals make their own ascorbic acid and have no requirement for an outside source. For more detail, and an excellent book on the subject, I would recommend Vitamin C: The Real Story, the Remarkable and Controversial Healing Factor

Niacin (Vitamin B3) for cholesterol problems.

Although niacin was found early on to be a cure for pellagra, its applications grow by the hour. As I mentioned previously, niacin and ascorbic acid were being used many years ago to treat mental conditions. Patients reported that it was also helping them with alcoholism, so Bill W. of AA fame started taking the niacin and ascorbic acid regimen and recommending it to his friends. Fairly recently with the rise in popularity of the statin prescription drugs for lowering cholesterol, it was found that niacin was more effective than the prescription drugs, without their dangerous side effects. Somewhere along the line niacin was also found to be useful in treating arthritis. There are three different niacin supplements. The original niacin causes a momentary flush shortly after taking it. If that is a problem, there is an alternative no-flush niacin. There is also a niacin amide. I have had three different doctors claim that each of supplements was the most effective. I have used all three with similar results, so I suggest do your due diligence and pick the one that is most recommended for your condition.

Vitamin E

As a supplement, Vitamin E is particularly important for the protection of our cell membranes as well as keeping your skin, heart and circulation, nerves, muscles and red blood cells healthy. Antioxidants such as vitamin E protect your cells against the effects of dangerous free radicals, potentially damaging by-products of your body’s metabolism. Free radicals can cause cell damage that may lead to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

One or more members of the vitamin E family may also reduce cellular aging, inhibit melanoma (skin cancer) cell growth, prevent abnormal blood clotting, synergize with vitamin A to protect the lungs against pollutants, protect nervous system and retina, lower the risk of ischemic and coronary heart disease, lower the risk of certain kinds of cancer, protect immune function and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, particularly if high doses are taken in combination with vitamin C.

Until fairly recently, only the alpha tocopherol member of the vitamin E family was included in supplements. The current definition of vitamin E now includes all eight family members and the related compounds that convert to them in the body. Today you want to be sure that all of the forms of vitamin E are included in your supplement. There is considerable variation in the dosage recommendations, so a trip to the internet mentioning your specific application to obtain a recommended dosage would be advisable.

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Vitamin D3

Until relatively recently, vitamin D was of little interest until mainstream medicine decided it was useful for all sorts of things. Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin which encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, which have various functions, especially the maintenance of healthy bones. People who are exposed to normal quantities of sunlight do not need vitamin D supplements because sunlight promotes sufficient vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Dosage recommendations have been increasing by the month. I currently take 5000 IU a day. I encourage you to research the internet and come up with your own dosage.

Vitamin A (Anti viral)

Vitamin A is the generic name used for a group of naturally occurring molecules called retinoids. The body uses vitamin A for the maintenance of healthy skin, good vision, and a robust immune system.

Vitamin A is essential to overall good health and individuals that do not get an adequate amount of vitamin A in their diet have been shown to be more vulnerable to infection and infectious diseases, including AIDS, measles, bronchitis, yeast infections, and boils or abscesses.

A deficiency in vitamin A could also lead to a variety of skin disorders; such as psoriasis, rashes, rosacea, and warts; and to night blindness or overall decrease in the quality of vision. Other symptoms of vitamin A deficiency include loss of taste or smell, distorted color vision, dry eyes, loss of appetite, and poor balance.

Precursors to vitamin A include fatty acid retinyl ester, commonly found in egg yolks, liver, fish oil, whole milk and butter (some brands of reduced-fat milk, margarine, and breakfast cereal are also fortified with vitamin A).

Another precursor to vitamin A is found in the carotinoid beta-carotene. Fruits and vegetables that appear bright orange or yellow in color, such as carrots, squash, yams, cantaloupe, watermelon, apricots, and mangoes, are high in beta-carotene.

All green vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli, kale, asparagus, etc., are also a good source of vitamin A.

Vitamin B12 Cobalamin (the energy vitamin)

Cobalamin, or Vitamin B12 (also called cyanocobalamin), works with other B vitamins to turn food into energy. It also guards against heart disease, mental disorders, and anemia, and keeps your immune system strong.

Vitamin B12 is needed to form healthy blood cells; red blood cells to supply the body with oxygen, and white blood cells to fight against infection. It is also needed to make myelin, a protective fatty layer that coats nerve cells and keeps electrical impulses moving through the body.

Without enough vitamin B12 the nervous system can "short out" and cause interruptions in mental function--symptoms of B12 deficiency can be so severe that they actually mimic senility. Vitamin B12 helps prevent nerve damage and maintain fertility, and is needed for production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that enhances memory and learning. Vitamin B12 works closely with folic acid ( vitamin B9) and pyridoxine ( vitamin B6) to convert food into energy. It also works with these B vitamins to protect your heart by removing homocysteine from the blood. Homocysteine is an amino acid found in meats that causes blood cells to clump together and cling to arterial walls. Too much homocysteine in the system can damage arterial walls and contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, a condition that often leads to early heart attack.

Vitamin B12 is not absorbed well when swallowed. The digestive tract is not kind to it. Look for varieties which can dissolve in the mouth.

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9

My introduction to folic acid was as a cure for gout. I experienced one attack of gout, and referred to my physician who suggested folic acid, and that was the end of the gout. Folic acid is also one of the B vitamins necessary for the production of red blood cells and normal metabolism. Folic Acid helps with keeping your heart healthy. The nutrient helps lower homocysteine levels. High homocysteine impairs blood vessels, which, results in the arteries being vulnerable to the formation of plaque leading to a higher risk of heart disease. Folic acid may also help other conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, arthrosclerosis, gout and diarrhea.

What are your feelings about vitamins - useful or not?

Vitamins can be a very controversial subject. Some people think they are worthless, and others swear by them. If you have a minute, I would like your opinion. Have I left out any of your favorites? Have I included some which you consider worthless. Is there information presented which you would call into question. Do you have questions regarding some of the vitamins? Do you have a story about a vitamin that “saved the day”. Have you experienced any side or overdose effects from any vitamins? Your input is appreciated, and if appropriate will be posted and shared with other visitors to the site.

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