Vitamins and their impact on human health began to be interested more than 25 years ago. Science has made great progress since then. One of the most important discoveries in the field of vitamins was to establish that there is a difference between the amount of a given nutrient that is necessary for human life (AMA-Recommended Daily Dietary Allowances) and the optimal amount. Vitamins, generally speaking, are characterized by so little toxicity that taking them in amounts up to 1000 times greater than the established (RDA) is not harmful. No one has died of vitamin overdose yet. Physicians and dieticians generally warn against excessive vitamins, indicating side effects. Meanwhile, there is no evidence that too much of these substances is actually harmful.
Vitamin C is specific in one respect. Well, most animals, i.e. 99.9%, produce it spontaneously within the cells of their own body and do not have to eat it in their food.
Let’s note that in what mice eat, dogs or cats do not have vitamin C. Food producers for these animals know that they have to add many other vitamins to it, except this one.
Among the living creatures that need vitamin C are guinea pigs, some fish and birds, primates and humans.
To calculate what amounts of vitamin C are needed for the human body, first determine in what amounts it is produced in animal cells, which in this respect are self-sufficient. The optimal dose for humans should be proportional to body weight.
Let us note that the food of monkeys contains nearly 50 times more of the substance we are interested in than human food. People involved in the breeding of monkeys for experimental purposes are well aware that feeding large amounts of vitamin C to animals is necessary. The optimal dose for monkeys was determined by the trial and error method. Interestingly, no such arrangements have been made in relation to people.
I myself call 18 grams of vitamin C a day. The most suitable for me is an aqueous solution of ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate. There is also another form of vitamin C-palmitate, which dissolves in fat. There are many proponents of this form of vitamin, because it works antioxidant.
In my opinion, it is more beneficial to take vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble antioxidant and vitamin C-soluble in water. The action of these two substances is complementary.
The aim of my nearly 25 years of scientific research was to determine the optimal doses of vitamins for humans. The state of knowledge at the moment shows that the more you consume vitamin C, the better for your health. Each additional dose has a beneficial effect on the state of the body. If you take a vitamin tablet every day, along with what you eat in foods, you will take her nearly twice as much as the standard indicates.
THE OPERATION OF VITAMIN CW IN THE LIGHT OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
The British medical journal “The Lancet” has published the results of research carried out among older people. The health condition of those taking vitamin C is much better than those who did not take it. Improving fitness and well-being provides older patients with even a small dose, ie 60 mg of vitamin a day. In my opinion, if it is increased tenfold or even a hundredfold, the effects will be better and better.
Professional literature on vitamin C and lipids currently numbers nearly 250 items. In over 80 works her relationship with cholesterol is discussed. The results of these studies are particularly interesting.
It turns out that the intake of vitamin C restores cholesterol to normal people who are too low, keeps it unchanged where it is normal and lowers all those who have levels of cholesterol too high. Vitamin C also increases the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood, or “beneficial cholesterol.” This substance has a positive effect on the condition of coronary vessels, because it captures cholesterol molecules in the blood vessels and transports them to the liver, where they are destroyed.
In 1970, my book “Vitamin C and Colds” was published. At that time, many clinical trials were undertaken, which consisted of administering 1g of vitamin to people of all ages for 6-12 weeks. From 38 published papers, up to 37 confirmed the beneficial effect of the vitamin. People taking it were much less likely to get influenza-like illness than those who took placebo.
Some of these studies were carried out in the wrong way. People complaining of a cold had, for example, 3g of vitamins given for 3 days and the treatment was interrupted. No positive effect of the drug was noticed then. However, the repression had to be continued longer.
Claiming that high doses of vitamin C have no effect on colds and many others are currently unsustainable. I support my thesis that everyone should take this vitamin regularly. At the moment when the first symptoms of the disease appear, take 1g of this substance, and then repeat this dose every hour until the disease disappears.
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