Vitamin C is a complex of ascorbic acid, bioflavonoids and minerals as found in fresh plant foods.
The active principle of Vitamin C is Ascorbic Acid which is made from glucose via an enzyme. Humans lack the enzyme but most animals have it and produce ascorbic acid on demand. It’s as powerful as a pharmaceutical yet safe even at high doses.
For an adult human to have similar body tissue amounts to animals we need a baseline daily dose of 10 grams (10,000 mg). When sick or stressed this amount can quickly increase to around 30 grams, even 50 or 100 grams in extremes.
The most effective way to reach high tissue levels of ascorbic acid is via intravenous drip but the method is not easy to access. Another method is via “Lipsomal” Ascorbic Acid, where the ascorbic acid is encapsulated in liposomes (fat droplets) for excellent absorption without bowel discomfort. However liposomal ascorbic acid is expensive.
The most accessible and affordable ascorbic acid is pure crystalline powder but there’s a limit to how much can be taken before the bowel reaches its absorption limit and causes diarrhea. The good news is that it doesn’t take long for the bowel to get used to ascorbic acid and you can soon get used to the best routine to maximise absorption.
Start out taking 1 teaspoon of ascorbic acid morning and evening, then add 1 teaspoon at midday. The next step is adding 1 teaspoon mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
If the bowel becomes too loose for comfort you can maintain dosing frequency and reduce the amount until the bowel settles down. Then gently increase the amount of the dose again.
Long Term Maintenance
It’s worth knowing what your bowel tolerance actually is. You’ll gain insight into the benefit of ascorbic acid plus have the experience to use this marvelous compound as a powerful therapy.
An interesting part of this experience is learning how much ascorbic acid your body can actually soak up – it can be really high when unwell.
If staying at bowel tolerance becomes hard work simply drop back to a daily baseline of 5 to 10 grams in divided doses. For children the baseline is about 1 gram daily for each year of age.
Remember that ascorbic acid is a water soluble vitamin so a dose is effective for around six hours. Frequent dosing is best, minimum twice daily.