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Are There Benefits to Megadosing Vitamin C – Thomas DeLauer
Whenever you’re changing your diet or whenever you’re doing any kind of new protocol, it’s important to keep close tabs on your vitamin and mineral content, and today, I want to talk about megadosing Vitamin C through a proper strategy. Now I’m not saying that you need to go out and take massive amounts of Vitamin C but what I do want to do is explain how Vitamin C is created in the body in most animals and how it’s not created in humans, and if you understand this process and you understand the enzymatic process in which Vitamin C is created, it gives you a better understanding of how you may want to be potentially supplementing Vitamin C. If you haven’t already, make sure you hit that subscribe button on my channel and also if you haven’t already turn on notifications so you can make sure you know whenever I go live or whenever I post a new video. Let’s get straight down to the facts on how the body works.
Most people think of Vitamin C as this immune boosting vitamin or supplement that you take to help prevent you from getting sick, but the reality is, it’s more than that. It’s an electron donor, and what I mean by that is Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has an extra electron. It has an ability to donate over to free radicals within the body to ultimately neutralize them. You see, free radicals are the oxidative stress that is running around through your body. When we have Vitamin C in the equation, we have this extra electron that can be donated over to a free radical to ultimately render it useless, meaning we can stop those free radicals right in their tracks.
Here’s the interesting thing. Animals have a natural ability to create Vitamin C. Humans do not. You see, animals create Vitamin C or ascorbic acid in their livers through the combination of four different enzymes. What happens is when they’re under stress or when they’re under any kind of interesting situation where they have to have a big surge of Vitamin C to combat free radicals, their body will create more. If an animal is under stress, its liver or kidneys creates more Vitamin C to ultimately combat it. So we have sort of this evolutionary proof that Vitamin C does have an effect on neutralizing bad things within the body.
The problem is, humans lack the ability to create that Vitamin C. If you look back at the old times, we look back at the Mayflower and Christopher Columbus and all of that stuff, people contracted scurvy. Well, the way that they contracted it was because it was a deficiency in Vitamin C because they weren’t able to get it from exogenous sources. They weren’t able to eat fruits and veggies when they were on ships, so therefore, they became Vitamin C deficient because their bodies couldn’t synthesize it and manufacture it on their own.
Now we’re running into a similar situation because a lot of our fruits and vegetables are void of the nutrients that we need to get adequate amounts of Vitamin C. So of course we take Vitamin C supplements, no big deal, right? Then that leads us into megadosing Vitamin C because a lot of people have been asking me, Vitamin C, can we take it in megadoses to ultimately combat cancer, to ultimately combat illness, and what is the effect of taking it in extreme doses?
Well, we have to take a look again at how it works in the animal world. You see, in the animal world, their livers are gonna produce enough Vitamin C to combat a stressful situation that is ebbing and flowing throughout the course of the day, meaning they might have a baseline level of ascorbic acid that they’re making, then they get stressed out so their body creates more. Humans, we have to rely on taking it exogenously, and it’s all because we lack that enzyme known as gulonolactone oxidase. Without gulonolactone oxidase, we cannot create Vitamin C. So if we take massive amounts of Vitamin C at one point in time, we are basically simulating an animal only creating extra Vitamin C at one point in time, when in reality, we need to be able to have surges of Vitamin C throughout the course of the day.
1) Blanchard J , et al. (n.d.). Pharmacokinetic perspectives on megadoses of ascorbic acid. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9356534