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 (AA) or sodium ascorbate (SA). 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. Animals do NOT make bioflavonoids or other plant phytonutrients that the “natural C” advocates like to include. (there’s nothing wrong with bioflavonoids, but we don’t need them.) We humans are among the very few animals that do not manufacture our own vitamin C internally.

2) INITIAL DOSING. If you are not accustomed to taking C, start with only 500 mgs. Dissolve (stir) 1/8  tsp of ascorbic acid (AA) powder in 6 oz of water (which should be ROOM TEMPERATURE to dissolve easily). Do this 3x through the day for a total of 1,500 mgs. (If you experience stomach discomfort from the acidity, consider trying sodium ascorbate (which is not acidic).

Vitamin C goes through your system quickly so for therapeutic purposes it is advised to take it at least 3 times spread throughout the day. Some people find it convenient to take it 20 minutes before each meal but it can be taken anytime, with or without food.

NOTE: for therapeutic purpose as in long-term treatment for atherosclerosis, about 10,000 mgs total per day is recommended (or up to “bowel tolerance”). See below about how to determine your bowel tolerance amount.

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 (BS). 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. You are using a dose amount that is comfortable to start, suppose 500 mgs. 3x per day. Each day or two slightly increase the amount of each dose.
(Note: Each dose requires the same 6 oz of water no matter the amount of AA.)
In a week or two you will reach a point when excessive gas and/or loose stool occurs. You have now exceeded your personal bowel tolerance. Back off on your dose by about 20% and you have now 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 per day of at least 10,000 mgs or more. That would be slightly more than 2 tsp of AA powder.

5) Combining AA and SA: If you mix SA at a ratio of 4;1 AA:BS that results in half AA and half SA. It is only slightly acidic but preferable to 100% SA. For example, a mix of one tsp AA plus ¼ tsp baking soda would yield 4,500 mgs of AA/SA. 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.

6) 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: Carlson, Bronson, Blue Bonnet, brands)