How To Use Vitamin C as a Supplement

People with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or diabetes (which is often a precursor of CVD) should take vitamin C in significant amounts. This would greatly improve a person’s chances of regaining health. Other nutrients and diet considerations are needed also, but vitamin C is paramount!

1) WHAT KIND OF C SHOULD YOU TAKE? Ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate! Ideally you should use ascorbic acid powder, plain and simple. For mega-dosing do not use products with added “bioflavonoids, rose hips, etc.).

Also do not be misled by “experts” who advocate using the “natural vitamin C complex.” The vitamin C molecule is C6H8O6, a very simple but very important molecule. When you take ascorbic acid you receive the same “ascorbate” in your blood that 99% of all animals manufacture in their body. (We humans are among the very few animals that do not manufacture their own vitamin C.)

2) INITIAL DOSING. If you are not accustomed to taking C, start with small doses. Dissolve (stir) ¼ tsp of ascorbic acid (AA) powder in 6 oz of water (which should be ROOM TEMPERATURE to dissolve easily). That would be 1,000 mgs. Do this 3x through the day for a total of 3,000 mgs. If you experience stomach discomfort (from the acidity) cut the dose in half – OR try sodium ascorbate (which is not acidic).

3) SODIUM ASCORBATE (SA) is pH neutral therefore many people prefer it over AA. It can be purchased pre-made, BUT in my experience pre-made SA loses something compared to SA that we make fresh ourselves.

Making your own SA takes only a minute or so. To make it you would combine AA powder with baking soda in water. The ratio is 2:1 – 2 parts AA to 1 part baking soda. Put 4 oz of water (room temperature) into an 8 oz glass. Add ¼ tsp AA + 1/8 tsp baking soda and stir slightly. It will fizz up for a few seconds and recede. Add water, stir, drink. That would be 1,000 mgs SA. (Do NOT use “baking powder” – that is different.)

4) DOSE TO BOWEL TOLERANCE. Day by day gradually increase your doses until you reach a point of excessive gas and/or loose stool. You have now exceeded your personal bowel tolerance. Back off on your dose by about 20% and you have established your routine dose amount. Remember to take your dose 3-4 times per day. Ideally you should be able over time to work up to a total of at least 10,000 mgs per day or more. (A dose of 4,000 mgs of SA would be one level tsp. of AA and 1/2 tsp of baking soda.)

3) Combining AA and SA: If you are using 100% SA and your bowel tolerance exceeds 15,000 mgs/day, you could possibly get too much sodium. In that case, if you might go back to trying pure AA only, OR instead of doing a 2:1 ratio of AA to baking soda, try a 4:1 ratio.

Let’s assume you are up to a full teaspoon of SA 4x per day = 16,000 mgs. When you do your mix use one tsp AA and only ¼ tsp baking soda. That will cut your sodium in half. The result will be a slightly acidic mix of half AA and half SA – “the best of both worlds,” some say.

4) BRANDS: 90% of ascorbic acid on the market comes from China, but it is NOT all the same. It is mostly good, but the cheapest brands have been tested to contain excessive contaminants, so avoid the very cheapest AA. Buy established reputable brands. (For example: Bronson or Carlson brands)