|10 Ways to heal with Vitamin
C - The Borneo Post -
Sunday, 9 September, 2001
The majority of people have greater need
for vitamin C than they are getting in their diet. It is possible for
people to have an approaching state of scurvy [vitamin C-deficiency
disease] in one area of the body and yet have enough vitamin C to maintain
health in other parts of the body. That's because any organ or tissue
under undue stress, whether from trauma or disease, requires more of this
nutrient than would ordinarily be needed. In other words, we can be losing
the battle in one area and winning it in another.
we all want to be a health winner in every area. And a good place to start
is with vitamin C. Of course, there are things that this nutrient won't do
for you. It won't make you rich or famous or an Olympic champion, for
example. But it can do something even better. It can help restore lost
health in any number of ways. Some of them may surprise you.
also called hardening of the eyeball, and is the leading cause of
blindness next to cataracts. Yet vitamin C can head it off. The healthy
eye has an optimal or favorable pressure inside it - that is, an
intraocular pressure that keeps the eyeball from collapsing. This pressure
varies from person to person and even in the same eye from day to day,
much like blood pressure does. While there are many types of glaucoma,
increased intraocular pressure is the common denominator. The object then
is to decrease that pressure. And that's where vitamin C comes in. It
probably works by creating an increased osmotic pressure in the blood,
which in turn pulls fluid out of the eyeball. In one study done in Rome,
doctors observed a dramatic drop in eye pressure in every patient within
two hours after a single dose of vitamin C was used (journal
of Holistic Medicine). This
is referring to a very large amount of vitamin C, but there have been
other cases, which show that smaller doses of vitamin C will also reduce
the eye pressure.
problem affects gum tissue and jawbone, leading ultimately to the loss of
teeth. Hopefully it won't go that far though, not when vitamin C could
help turn it around. That's what a team of researchers from the University
of Alabama School of Dentistry found when they compared the gum health of
a group taking 300mg of vitamin C with a group taking a placebo (harmless
blank pill) for 21 days. Each volunteer also received a thorough cleaning
and polishing of the teeth (prophylaxis) on one side of the mouth at the
beginning of the experiment.
might expect, the research showed there was no significant change in the
gums receiving no prophylaxis and no vitamin C. Improvement was greatest with prophylaxis
plus vitamin C, which led to a 58 percent reduction in gum inflammation.
Vitamin C alone and prophylaxis alone has improved gum health, but the
researcher concluded that combining the two treatments worked best
Wheezing or bronchial constriction
brought on by exercise is something most asthmatics have come to expect.
Typically, sufferers will experience chest tightness and trouble breathing
within three to five minutes after exercising and it will get
progressively over the next 30 minutes.
With vitamin C, however, there is now
hope for improving that condition, according to two doctors from New
Haven, Connecticut. In their experiment, 12 asthmatics were given either a
placebo or 500mg of vitamin C six hours or less before exercise testing.
Using measurements of airflow, the researchers found that the group
treated with vitamin C had significantly less chest tightness than the
placebo group. Nevertheless, in this experiment, a larger dose of vitamin
C was not tested. But it is likely that this protective effect would have
been even greater if several grams of vitamin C had been administered.
Elevated Cholesterol Levels
High levels of these substances in the
blood mean increased risk of arteriosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.
Yet, decreasing the levels may be as simple as a daily supplement of
Over the past 30 years, several teams of
investigators in various parts of the world have pointed out that vitamin
C lowers cholesterol levels in humans and exerts a protective action in
experimentally induced arteriosclerosis in animals. It is believed that
vitamin C exerts its protective action by promoting the transformation of
cholesterol to bile acids, which can then be excreted from the body.
During a long-term marginal vitamin C deficiency, such as people in many
countries experience during the winter and spring months when fresh fruit
and vegetables are less plentiful, cholesterol transformation to bile
acids is slowed down, resulting in an accumulation of cholesterol in the
liver and the blood.
Referring to symptoms like weakness,
headache and nausea when exposed to temperatures above 85 °F These
symptoms may occur in people who have previously suffered heat stroke.
There was a case where a tennis professional who had that problem. He had
had heat exhaustion and after that episode found, he could not teach or
play tennis between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during summer months without
becoming sick. He was suggested to take a slow-release 500mg capsule of
vitamin C. He was able to function as long as he took the vitamin every
It is now recommended that people who
must work in over-heated conditions routinely to take vitamin C. 100mg in
the morning and again at noon can prevent the symptoms. They can function
in high temperature and still have enough energy left over to go dancing.
influence of vitamin C on the mental state is quite remarkable. Even
though vitamin C cannot be made in the brain, concentration there is
higher than in any other organ except
the adrenal glands. It should not be surprising that it plays a major role
in brain function. The body would not make an effort to maintain a high
level in the brain when for most people the whole body contains just
enough to prevent scurvy but not enough for optimum health.
fact, experts think that vitamin C maybe a "naturally occurring
anti-anxiety substance." This makes sense, especially when you
consider that scurvy is characterised by severe tension and sometimes
psychosis. Several schizophrenic patients responded to large doses from
anxiety and tension, when no tranquiliser had been helpful.
C in doses of one to two grams at a time works as a tranquiliser for the
This is an ailment caused by herpes
zoster (the same bug that brought you chicken pox as a child). It's bad
enough that you break out in ugly sores, but after they're gone you may be
left with severe pain where the virus has affected the underlying nerve
fibres. According to experts, such discomfort isn't necessary, and
shingles patients are routinely given vitamin C and B complex and a
multivitamin and mineral tablet along with corticosteroids.
For best results, treatment should be
started as soon as the sores appear and then continue for two weeks. With
that regimen, 70 percent of the pain is gone within two weeks after the
sores have disappeared.
When it's due to sticky sperm, vitamin C
may be the answer. Normally, sperm should swim singly. When more than 20
percent stay clumped together (called sperm agglutination) then it's
virtually impossible for conception to occur.
To test the effectiveness of vitamin C, a
group of experts from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
selected 36 men who could not impregnate their wives because more than 20
percent of their sperm stuck together. Each was told to take one 500mg
capsule of vitamin C every 12 hours for one month. By the end of the first
week, fertility was restored since clumped sperm had dropped to 14
percent. By the end of three weeks clumping was down to only 11 percent.
From nicks and scrapes to major surgery,
from bedsores to burns, vitamin C can help speed the healing process. This
nutrient is unique among vitamins because it regulates the formation and
maintenance of intercellular cement and collagen. Thus, the structural
integrity of every tissue and organ is dependent on this vitamin.
Research evidence reveals that recovery
from injury or surgery can be dramatically accelerated; in other words,
recovery time can be reduced by 50 to 75 percent. That's especially
evident when vitamin C is used to heal bedsores. In one experiments, 20
patients with bedsores were divided into two groups. One group took 500mg
of vitamin C twice a day and the other group took a placebo twice a day.
After one month, the bedsores in the placebo group had shrunk by 43
percent. However, they had shrunk by 84 percent in the vitamin C group. In
fact, four of the ulcers had completely healed before the month ended.
We can't leave a story about vitamin C
and healing without talking about colds. Whether vitamin C can prevent
colds is still debated among medical professionals. Still, millions swear
by it. It strengthens the immune system, so even if the cold develops, it
doesn't last as long.
A study conducted at the University of
Sydney where researchers there separated 95 pairs of identical twins into
two groups. One twin from each pair took 1,000mg of vitamin C every day
for a total of 100 days. The researchers found that for a total of 100
days. The researchers found that the vitamin C groups had a significantly