Winter runny noses - Vitamin C fix
Vitamin C for fighting off colds
Can Vitamin C help fight off colds? Yes, Harvard research shows it does, but you need enough of it every day and not just when you get sick. If you want the benefits of vitamin C, you'll need to take it every day, not just at the start of feeling the symptoms.
How vitamin C helps your body
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in specific food sources, such as citrus fruits, berries, potatoes and peppers. You can also find Vitamin C as a dietary supplement.
Most Animals produce their own Vitamin C, we (Primates) don’t.
The human body cannot form or produce vitamin C and so depends on outside sources. Plant sources, including tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and kiwi, are good sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is important in the formation of:
- Collagen, blood vessels, cartilage and muscle, and so it helps to maintains the integrity of many body tissues, including the skin.
- Neurotransmitters, the chemicals that are important for signaling in the nervous system.
- Carnitine, a chemical that supports the transport and breakdown of fatty acid to generate energy.
In addition, vitamin C is vital to the body’s maintenance of overall health, and is seen in high concentration in immune cells. Vitamin C is an immune-boosting agent, although there are several theories as to how it works.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, deficiency seems rare, but could be more prevalent than we originally imagined. Vitamin C has an immune-boosting effect, and is safe to take as a supplement. And tit does help reduce the duration of common cold.
Now the Kids…
C, the alternative to Kids' Cold Medicines
In winter: the kids have runny noses (at very least). If they don't have a cough, some other kid does and it seems like there is a perpetual wave of illness afflicting your home. It is high time for high dose vitamin C.
keep in mind that not all coughs are bad. Coughing is a natural way to bring up mucus that otherwise compromises breathing passages, and this kind of cough should be allowed to run its course as long as it’s clearing things out.
Getting the vitamin C into the kids is what is most important. We want to avoid dangerous pharmaceuticals, and instead try nutrition and supplements first.
Children can get the cold as many as eight to 12 times a year, especially young children whose immune systems are still developing. An adult gets two to four colds a year. Children below 5 years old are also at high risk for flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The optimal dose of vitamin C depends on one thing: you. Are you health, or stressed, or sick?
Of note, we get the kids to saturation only if needed due to sickness, vaccination, etc. Once they are at saturation, we throttle back the dose. We continue to give C but give less and give it less frequently. We gradually work back to their normal daily dose of 1,000 mg per day per year of age. For much more about vitamin dosing and safety during pregnancy and lactation, you may want to read my book Vitamins & Pregnancy: The Real Story.
Large doses are needed in order to achieve therapeutic, saturation levels of vitamin C. We do this only when kids get sick, are about to get sick, or are receiving immunizations. We start with a larger amount in the morning, then continue to give C throughout the day. Once bowel tolerance is reached, cut back how much but continue to give smaller doses regularly.
One of the best ways to get vitamins into kids is to juice and serve fresh, raw vegetables and fruit, organic if possible.
If possible, give kids C with every meal and maybe with every snack.
Sometimes we buy Vitamins that have a list of additional ingredients. The goal is to get the nutrient in them; don't worry about the bit of extra sugar in vitamins or the Mary Poppins technique give them after they take them.
The right level of C - Depends on need
Bowel tolerance: an indicator of vitamin C saturation. Bowel tolerance is indicated by a rumbling stomach, gas, or slightly loose stool. If you take way too much C, very loose stool will result, but goes away once doses are reduced. When bowel tolerance is reached, you’ve hit your target, and so no need for more C.
The key is reducing or dividing the dose and taking C throughout the day
Ascorbic acid is vitamin C. Doctors have been using ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate vitamin C to cure real diseases for decades.
The usual bowel tolerance doses for a mild cold could be somewhere between 30,000 mg to 60,000 mg of vitamin C per day given in divided doses. A person with a severe cold might take 60,000 mg to 100,000 mg per day before reaching bowel tolerance. The flu? Up to 150,000 mg daily might be taken in divided doses to achieve bowel tolerance. And for all those folks who feel great? Taking 4,000 mg to 15,000 mg per day could be enough to get to bowel tolerance. Stress, sickness, infection, vaccinations, postpartum or post-surgical healing, etc., indicates a need for far more.
Techniques for kids
- Put the C in small amount of juice (Put vitamin C powder in really sweet natural fruit juice, that often does the trick)
- use a sweetener like Mary Poppins to kill the sour taste
- for sensitive tummies, buffer with any combination of food and liquid
Dr. Andrew Saul says “You can either use enough, or have a sick kid. I made my decision nearly forty years ago. My children were raised all the way into college and never once had a single dose of any antiviral or antibiotic. Of course they got sick sometimes. But it's how they got well that counts: we used vitamin C, and plenty of it. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is safer than any medication on the market. Period. Bowel tolerance (loose stool) indicates saturation of vitamin C. "Loose stool" is NOT diarrhea. No one wants diarrhea. "Loose stool" means a mild laxative effect. Right about when junior is on the pot, the coughing and sneezing will be gone. See for yourself. It takes a huge amount of vitamin C to act as an antiviral, antibiotic, antitoxin, or antihistamine. Expect to have to use as much as 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per pound of baby. You may very well get cure with less, but what works is what works.”
Cathcart RF. Vitamin C, titrating to bowel tolerance, anascorbemia, and acute induced scurvy. Med Hypotheses. 1981 Nov;7(11):1359-76.
On the topic of kids and nutrients, it is well known that High-dose vitamin C safely prevents and treats vaccine side effects.
For detailed medical info on this ( often controversial) topic, you could review the following :
Don't Vaccinate without Vitamin C : http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v11n09.shtml
Additionally see "Vitamin C Prevents Vaccination Side Effects, Increases Effectiveness"
by Dr. Thomas E. Levy, MD, available at http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n07.shtml
Published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry 40 years ago, a study by Alfred Libby, MD, and Irwin Stone, PhD, was done "on the use of megadoses of ascorbic acid to detoxify heroin addicts. They compiled 100 case reports of heroin addicts whom they detoxified using ascorbic acid and/or sodium ascorbate in doses of 25,000 to 85,000 milligrams per day for the first few days, gradually tapering to a holding dose of approximately 10 g (10,000 milligrams) per day. The patients almost all had loss of craving for drugs while taking these megadoses.