Monday, November 22, 2010

Vitamin C - Not Just For Colds

Most of us try to get a little extra Vitamin C when we get a cold, maybe we drink more juice, or take a vitamin pill, but the history of the vitamin shows us that it truly is a cancer-fighting vitamin - it's not just for colds.

Much of our interest in vitamin C comes from studies done by Linus Pauling with terminal cancer patients, many of whom lived as much as 4 times longer than expected by their doctors. The Mayo Clinic tried to duplicate the study, but did not use the same parameters (they stopped Vitamin C on any shift of the patient's condition). But from his studies we have seen the affect on the immune system, and many countries around the globe now administer Vitamin C injections alongside chemotherapy to enhance the cancer-fighting effects.

But how much vitamin C? The US-RDA for Vitamin C is 60 milligrams, which is generally the amount to prevent scurvy (once a problem for sailors who weren't always able to get fresh produce). So, one could interpret this "recommended" daily amount, as being the minimum just to survive. If we are trying to fight a cold, or even cancer, our bodies need more. And our bodies do not store Vitamin C, so we have to continually take it in.

So, how do we fight cancer with Vitamin C? Clearly, just following the government recommendation, and having a glass of juice in the morning is not enough. But luckily there are lots of foods that contain Vitamin C - try to eat some of these at every meal, and as a snack between meals. It's always best to get your nutrients from unprocessed foods, but for added insurance, consider supplementing with a natural vitamin (not a synthetic vitamin). Linus Pauling gave his patients 10 grams of Vitamin C daily...

- Your body loves it, and cancer hates it.

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