Vitamin C: the ultimate anti-stress vitamin for autumn

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The leaves are falling from the trees and the first proportions and flues appear again. A cold alone is not so bad. Could it be that they suffer from incipient scurvy or vitamin C deficiency? Humans are one of the few mammals that can no longer produce this vitamin itself, while it protects us against excessive stress. 

Vitamin C; our body can no longer make it on its own

All mammals can produce their own vitamin C in their bodies if necessary, with the exception of a few monkeys, guinea pigs, bats and humans. That’s a shame because vitamin C is a substance that could protect us against the stressful world in which we live. Should we see this as a flaw in human evolution? Or has nature just never imagined that we as humanity would allow ourselves to live in such a stressful and therefore unhealthy environment? I tend to think the latter.

Linus Pauling, the founder of orthomolecular science, had the following explanation for our loss of the ability to synthesize vitamin C: our ancestors lived for tens of thousands of years in tropical regions where they could easily obtain vitamin C through our diet. come. Green plants and fruit provided this in abundance. Therefore, it was not necessary for our survival to make it in our body itself. Evolutionarily speaking, it was more beneficial to have this metabolic mechanism; converting glucose into vitamin C. So we lost it. Just like our cousins: the gorillas. They still eat an average of 4500 milligrams of vitamin C per day (if we would compare it to our own body weight) thanks to all the green leaves they eat. We eat an orange that contains less than 50 milligrams. How about eating 90 oranges a day?

Vitamin C; the ultimate anti-stress vitamin

Why is vitamin C so important for our health? Scientific research shows that if animals are hunted or under pressure, for example because they cannot find water or food, they will produce extra vitamin C. The animal protects itself, as it were, against an overdose of stress. This vitamin is apparently part of the animal’s overall immune system, which then needs extra support. What a shame that we have lost this ability to produce this vitamin ourselves! Or do you never feel rushed or pressured? I do.

Being sick means stress for our body. Research has therefore shown that when we are sick and take extra vitamin C, we pass out less vitamin C than when we are healthy. Apparently our body then uses more vitamin C because it needs it. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin from which we pee out what we don’t need. What we do need is absorbed into our body.

Stress has many faces

Remember that stress has many faces. It’s not just a feeling of being rushed or under pressure. Worrying, lack of sleep, unhealthy diet, feeling depressed, being in an unhealthy relationship, financial problems, skin problems, an unhealthy work environment, working night shifts, negative thoughts in your head, smoking, being in pain, chemotherapy, lack of personal development, jet lag, a negative self-image, use of medication, a broken leg, radiation from your mobile phone; they are all factors that lead to stress in your body. Add it all up and what do you get on a scale from 0 to 10? In our society it is almost impossible to reduce our stress to a very low level. That is why vitamin C can do so much for us.

Vitamin C protects us against many diseases

Many scientific studies have been conducted for decades on the use of (high dose) vitamin C. More than 30 diseases have been identified in which the intake of vitamin C had a (very) beneficial effect. I’ll list some of the most important ones for women below, but it’s by no means an exhaustive list. It’s more to give you an impression.

  • Our adrenal glands use large amounts of vitamin C. Our adrenal glands are the hormone glands that provide energy. Our adrenal glands contain more vitamin C than any other tissue, because they need ascorbic acid (=vitamin C) to form the anti-stress hormones  cortisol and adrenaline. A lot of stress will exhaust your adrenal glands because they don’t have enough vitamin C.
  • Vitamin C is a free radical scavenger. Especially in times of stress, your body produces a lot of free radicals, whether you like it or not. Free radicals are molecules in your body that are harmful in large quantities to all your body cells. They promote disease and aging. Vitamin C helps you against these free radicals.
  • You are probably familiar with vitamin C as a remedy for a cold or flu. Viruses or bacteria are involved and vitamin C is an excellent remedy against such an infection. If we take enough vitamin C in such a situation, the body will produce a substance itself, interferon, which helps us to get rid of the virus.
  • More important than as an antivirus is the fact that vitamin C is necessary for strengthening our immune system. All kinds of infections and diseases can therefore be better combated, as long as we have enough vitamin C in our body.
  • Together with the mineral zinc, vitamin C stimulates the production of antibodies, making it effective against allergies. Allergies are often a signal that our immune system is weakened. This weakened immune system makes our body sensitive to certain substances. Strengthen your immune system and your allergies could suddenly disappear. I’ve seen it happen many times with clients in my practice.
  • Many women occasionally suffer from a  bladder infection . Vitamin C makes your urine acidic, so that the bacteria in question cannot survive. So take plenty of vitamin C. Cranberries are therefore recommended. Why? Because of the high dose of vitamin C it contains!
  • Many menopausal women suffer from dry eyes, which can make wearing contact lenses annoying. Vitamin C helps to keep the lens of the eye moist and clear. You can eventually develop cataracts if there is too little vitamin C in your eye.
  • Linus Pauling, mentioned above, found that the rate of heart disease would fall by 80% if everyone took 2000 to 3000 mg of vitamin C daily. Vitamin C ensures the formation and maintenance of collagen in the walls of the blood vessels, so that they remain elastic.
  • Thanks to its support in the formation of collagen, it is also very good for our skin and hair.
  • Vitamin C is good for your brain; it contributes to a good memory, a clear mind and the ability to concentrate. It can help prevent dementia in later life.
  • Vitamin C helps to keep your blood pressure at the right level and strengthens your bones and muscles. Vitamin C can also play a positive role in osteoarthritis, rheumatic complaints and muscle problems.
  • Linus Pauling and another physician, Dr. McCormick, found that leukemia and several other cancers were very similar to scurvy (the symptoms of vitamin C deficiency). That is why they treated cancer patients with high doses of vitamin C. There is a theory that if the connections between the cells remain strong, cancer has no chance to spread. Vitamin C strengthens the connections between cells.

How much vitamin C is recommended?

In general, I read that orthomolecular doctors advise adults to take 1000 mg to 3000 mg daily spread over the day. The first 1000 mg of this is the most important. There is also a lot of discussion at the moment whether more than 1000 mg is useful. Vitamin C is never enough in a good multivitamin because the pills would then become much too large to swallow.

Remember that our government recommended RDA, recommended daily allowance, was once set as a minimum. It is intended, to put it bluntly, to prevent death. It is never intended to provide a guideline for what you need for optimal health. This also applies to laboratory results if your blood has been checked for vitamin C. These values ​​are often set much too low.

Healthy food first, then supplementation

My vision is: first healthy food, then superfoods, then nutritional supplements. Taking vitamins without eating healthy food makes no sense. Vitamins need the building blocks of food to work together in your body.

For vitamin C, choose tablets of approximately 1000 mg. If you have stomach problems, choose a deacidified form. This is not magnesium or calcium but a deacidified form of vitamin C.

If, like me, you prefer 100% natural vitamin C, choose powdered superfoods, such as camu camu powder or açerola berry powder.

Vitamin C is harmless. There are scientific studies (yes: clinical, long-term, double-blind and placebo controlled) with people who took up to 10,000 mg daily for three years. There were no side effects. Obviously, these people were under the control of the researchers, so I don’t recommend this of course.

Is it a disease or is it a lack of a nutrient?

For centuries mankind has known terrible diseases for which there was no cure. Beriberi was such a dreaded disease in the Dutch East Indies. Rickets in children and scurvy in adults were the cause of terrible suffering and death in Europe. In 1757, British naval physician James Lind found out that lemon and orange juice was a great way to prevent scurvy, which was common on the long sea voyages that people made at the time. In 1919 it was discovered that oil from fish helped against rickets. And in the Dutch East Indies, the membrane around the grain of rice turned out to be necessary to prevent beriberi.

The concept of vitamin was not introduced until 1913. What used to be terrible diseases; beriberi, rickets, scurvy now appears to have been a lack of a vital building material in the body; vitamin B1, vitamin D and vitamin C respectively. Which diseases do we currently suffer from, which in the future will prove to be a lack of a certain nutrient, because we as humanity have massively switched to artificial factory food?

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