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= Vitamin C Dosage at
Near Bowel Tolerance
VITAMIN C (ASCORBATE)
Much research into the health benefits of vitamin
C supplementation has been performed. If you have
any health problems I urge you to read the books written by
Bland, Challem, Cheraskin, Newbold, Pauling, Sheffrey and Stone.
(1) At proper dosage, vitamin C is well known for its anti-cancer,
anti-glaucoma, anti-"colds", and pro immune
system qualities. vitamin C also
protects against arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular
disease. This is the short list!
(2) Dr. Kalokerinos of Mosman, N.S.W.,
Australia is well known for his successful treatment of
skin cancer using vitamin C
ointment and for pain relief and life prolongation of
other cancer patients with intravenous C. In a telephone
conversation in early 1991 he stated that on average, people should take 10 grams of vitamin C per day for health maintenance and prevention
of cancer. The consumption of vitamin C supplements has spread globally and more
physicians are now recommending it.
(3) Many studies have corroborated the
benefits of vitamin C on
periodontitis. Vitamin vitamin C
supplementation has been shown to strengthen the
periodontal membrane and connective tissue, reduce gum
inflammation, inhibit bone resorption (shrinkage), aid in
calcium absorption, diminish plaque formation, promote
healing and helps stop gum bleeding.
(4) Vitamin C is
essential for the formation of collagen, the protein
matrix of bone (and teeth), the "glue" that
holds the cells of your body together. Collagen fibers
keep your gums attached to your teeth.
(5) By taking mega doses of vitamin
C, using your tongue, you may be able to
feel your gums tighten up around your teeth. The
tightening of the gum around the pocket opening helps to
keep out debris and bacteria. This also reduces tooth
(6) Scurvy is caused by a severe
vitamin C deficiency. One prominent
feature of this disease is that the gums bleed, teeth
loosen and fall out. The same effects as periodontitis
but at an accelerated rate.
(7) Bioflavonoids may have a similar
effect as vitamin C on health. There may exist some
synergism between bioflavonoids and vitamin C. Vitamin C however does
not require any additives.
VITAMIN C DOSAGE RANGE
The range of vitamin C dosing is listed below:
(1) You can not live without vitamin
(2) 10 mg per day (milligrams) of C cures most
people of scurvy.
(3) 60 mg per day is the RDA
(Recommended Daily Allowance for adults). This is easily
obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain a
good level of health.
(4) Mega dose 500 mg to 5 gm (gm = grams)
per day helps to prevent "colds" and to keep
you healthy. Vitamin C dosage of over 1 gm (1 gm = 1000 mg) can
realistically only be obtained by taking supplements.
(5) If you have infectious disease, a daily
C-NBT dosage can better help maintain you healthy
and free from gum infection.
(6) The C-NBT level may rise with
illness and gum abscess and so should the dosage.
(7) The C-NBT level drops as health
improves and so should the dosage.
(8) During illness, intravenous C may
be prescribed at a higher dosage than the C-NBT level. .
VITAMIN C DOSING
Unlike most animals that produce their own
vitamin C, and make a lot of it, the human body does not
synthesize any. We need a lot more than our contemporary diet
supplies. The amount of vitamin C you take
daily determines its effectiveness. No two people are alike
(different weight, health, genetics) in their vitamin C requirements.
(1) You should at minimum take a mega
dose of C daily. Take 500 mg to approximately 50% of your
average daily bowel tolerance level, which may be around
5 gm (5,000 mg).
(2) Daily dosage over 2 gm should be
divided during the day. Do not take more than 5 gm at any
one time. During illness you may dose many times during
an hour but the total should not exceed 20 gm during this
(3) vitamin C can
be taken before, during or after meals, on an empty or
full stomach. C capsules may be taken with any beverage.
(4) Dissolving the powder in water (or
juice) is the preferred way to take vitamin C in doses over 5 gm per day. Capsules are a
close second. I do not recommend that you take tablets
because some may not dissolve properly and the binders
used may spoil.
(5) Most people tolerate vitamin
C less in the morning and the tolerance
increases during the day and when asleep. If you
encounter any problems experiment with timing.
(6) Make a note of every dose by simply
writing a number to designate the grams. This will help
determine your current daily dosage. When using powdered
vitamin C (or for that matter all your supplements) write
the date of first use on the bottle, so that when
emptied, you may be able to calculate with accuracy your
average daily consumption.
(7) For more consistent and accurate
dosing of powdered C, use a measuring spoon. Check the
label for weight equivalents. Depending on how fine the
(a) One level teaspoon of ascorbic
acid is equal to 3.25 to 4.00 gm of vitamin C.
(b) One level teaspoon of sodium
ascorbate and the other ascorbates other than
ascorbic acid is equal to 2.75 to 3.50 gm of vitamin
For most people the C-NBT dosage is the ideal
dosage. At these levels, vitamin C is
virucidal and bactericidal.
(1) As a part of your daily routine, I
recommend that your dosage of vitamin C be approximately 90% of bowel tolerance, or an
amount of C, Near Bowel Tolerance, from which I coin the
acronym C-NBT. That is, if 10 gm give you diarrhea, then
take about 9 gm.
(a) Abdominal discomfort, abdominal
growl, flatulence, gas, anal itch and/or soft stool
often indicate that you are near bowel tolerance.
(b) Diarrhea indicates that you
have reached or passed the bowel tolerance level.
(2) Here are the steps to work out your
daily C-NBT dosage. Only sodium ascorbate, calcium
ascorbate, ascorbic acid and Ester-C are suitable for
(a) Start with 500 mg and gradually
increase daily dosage. As your daily dosage increases
to over 2 gm, divide the dosage during the day.
(b) Trial and error is the only way
to determine your C-NBT dosage. Time release vitamin
C complicates C-NBT dosing by delaying feedback and should be
avoided (it is OK to use for mega dosing). On my wish
list is that someone come up with a practical fool
proof method or a "litmus test" that will
determine ones vitamin C
requirement at any given time.
(c) If diarrhea does not pose any
health risk to you, to gain experience, reach or
slightly exceed your vitamin C
bowel tolerance level.
(3) Once you establish your C-NBT
level, it stays fairly constant. A change in health may
alter it. Over the years the level may very slowly rise
as your system adjusts to your C dosage. Many people can
take 10 gm of C per day.
(4) To test the effectiveness of C-NBT
dosing on yourself try the following.
(a) As you increase the C dosage to
C-NBT did your gums firm up and
tighten up around the teeth? Did the amount of sites
that bleed decrease? Was inflammation and other
symptoms of disease reduced?
(b) Slowly decrease dosage until
you stop completely. Do not change anything else in
your routine. Give this test some time. If symptoms
returned then you are fairly sure that vitamin
C is effective.
(c) To double check the
effectiveness of C, restart C-NBT dosing and see if
your symptoms like bleeding and tenderness of gums
are decreased or eliminated.
(d) The real test for vitamin
C is how much it helps your
periodontitis and overall health over the long term.
Has your gum health improved? Are your days of
illness fewer, shorter or less severe?
VITAMIN C DOSING DURING
Nutritionists and those practicing
orthomolecular medicine often recommend vitamin (especially C)
and mineral supplements above the RDA for therapeutic purposes.
C-NBT is not the answer to all health problems, but as an aid in
the prevention and elimination of gum infections
it is very helpful.
(1) Start C-NBT dosing on the first
sign of worsening overall or gum health. Swollen or bleeding
gums, bad breath, scratchy throat, coated
tongue, swollen glands, runny nose, coughing, phlegm,
body aches and low grade fever are some typical first
signs of illness. What are your first signs?
(a) The C-NBT level may increase
slowly or sharply as your overall health or gum
health worsens. The C-NBT level may rise without any
symptoms Though if your body cannot benefit from a
higher C dosage, you may get ill without the C-NBT
level moving up.
(b) Increase intake (up to C-NBT
level) regardless of how much C you normally take. In
an effort to stay well or get well, you may have to
take over 100 gm of C per day "chasing"
your rising C-NBT level. Any dosage below your C-NBT
level may be useless on acute illness.
(c) Due to a greater need, more of
the vitamin C is absorbed. Less vitamin C then
reaches the bowel, hence the greater tolerance for
it. Titrate the vitamin C dosage between the amount
which begins to make you feel better and the amount
which almost but not quite gives you diarrhea. Not
always easy to do!
(d) To avoid over shooting your
bowel tolerance level (which may cause diarrhea),
dose smaller quantities but more often. Dose even
several times during an hour.
(2) Often, if vitamin C can be
beneficial for an acute illness, the bowel tolerance for vitamin
C will rise proportionally in relation to
the severity of the illness. This will reflect the demand
for vitamin C and thus what the
dosage should be.
(3) As your health improves the C-NBT
level will drop slowly or dramatically. Reduce C dosage
(4) Your C-NBT level may be used as one
barometer of overall health. For many people the color of
their tongue reflects the state of their health. A coated
white tongue may indicate illness. A really clean tongue
reflects good health.
(5) Intravenous vitamin C has been used to treat various ailments and
a) It would be interesting to see
how an intravenous C will deal with gum infections that may have spread
systemically. If it turns out to be a successful
treatment, it may be used as an alternative to
systemic antibiotics which have risks and undesirable
(b) On my wish list is that someone
develop and produce a safe, computer operated and
monitored, portable intravenous C unit, which would
free one from sitting at a clinic. Better yet,
develop a form of vitamin C
that when ingested can be tolerated by the bowel at
(6) See a physician that is familiar
with vitamin vitamin C therapy. Be
aware though that most physicians and dentists are uninformed and more likely misinformed
about C dosing.
VITAMIN C SIDE EFFECTS AND
Vitamin C has some nuisance and minor side
effects if you mega or C-NBT dose.
(1) Vitamin C dosage over what your
body can use, reaches your bowel causing diarrhea.
Prolonged or severe diarrhea is not good for health.
(2) Vitamin C in mega or C-NBT dosage,
acts as a very mild diuretic (much milder than coffee).
To combat this, drink more water (as thirst dictates).
(3) High dosage of vitamin C due partly to its diuretic quality may
decrease blood pressure. Great if you have high blood
pressure though you may want to avoid C as sodium
ascorbate. If very low blood pressure causes
you loss of energy or you are easily fatigued, add salt
to your diet and/or consider taking C as sodium
(4) That prolonged high dosage of
vitamin C may cause kidney stones
is not well founded. In all my research I found no proof
of this, so it either doesn't happen or it is a very rare
occurrence. To be safe if you have a tendency to form
urate stones see a physician that is familiar with vitamin
C dosing. He can determine if the vitamin
C should be acidic or alkaline to avoid
(5) If you consume high dosages of
non-acidic vitamin C, it may be
wise if you are prone to urinary tract infections to
switch occasionally to ascorbic acid. The added acid will
help prevent this infection.
(6) People who have a rare inherited
ailment such as haemochromatosis, or sideroblastic
anemia, both iron disorders, or thalassemia, should not
take vitamin vitamin C supplements
without a physician's supervision. The rationale is that vitamin
C increases iron absorption, great
for most of us but bad if this overloads your system with
iron. There is however some evidence that vitamin
C supplementation helps those with excess
iron disorders in that vitamin C normalizes
iron absorption thus helps to eliminate the excess
(7) People that have kidney disease,
sickle cell disease, or have a G-6PD deficiency (up to
10% of black African-American males) and pregnant or
lactating women should take C with caution. There exists
some controversy in this area regarding how much if any vitamin
C supplementation is safe and beneficial.
(8) Vitamin C,
sometimes even at very low dosages (one orange) can cause
false readings on a few clinical tests. For some tests,
you may be required to refrain from taking vitamin
C for up to seven days. Inform your doctor
and lab technician of your C dosage. To get accurate
results, alternate testing methods may be used.
(9) If you are taking a C-NBT dosage
and are planning to stop or reduce it for any reason, do
it gradually over two weeks. If you do not, the
"rebound effect" may cause your body to react
as if you have a C deficiency. This may lead to vitamin
C deficiency symptoms. This has not been
adequately demonstrated and may not always happen to
VITAMIN C - PURCHASING
Vitamin C which is also known as ascorbate
comes in seven configurations: powder (or crystals), capsules,
tablets, lozenges, chewable, syrup and liquid for injection or
intravenous infusion. vitamin C also is
available in natural and synthetic, both being equally safe and
(1) Ascorbic acid is the most common
form of vitamin C. Ascorbic acid as
the name implies, is an acid (pH 2.4), though a very mild
acid and much milder than stomach digestive acids.
(a) Avoid consuming ascorbic acid
as a chewable (it often contains sugar), as a
lozenge, in mouthwash, or dentifrices, because in these forms it can slowly etch
the protective tooth enamel away.
(b) If you ingest ascorbic acid in
solution, rinse mouth afterwards to protect the tooth
(c) If ascorbic acid gives you
"heartburn", switch to non-acidic C.
(2) Sodium ascorbate because of its
near neutral flavor and being non-acidic, has been my
choice for some years now. Sodium may raise blood pressure and reduce tissue calcium in some
people. This however needs to be better researched as the
sodium in sodium ascorbate may differ in its effects. If
you are on a salt-restricted diet, to be on the
safe side, monitor your blood pressure to check if sodium ascorbate
dosing raises it.
(3) Calcium ascorbate. The proponents
of calcium ascorbate say that calcium in this form of vitamin
C is well utilized.
(4) Magnesium ascorbate. Magnesium is
essential for calcium utilization.
(5) Potassium ascorbate. The addition
of potassium may lower blood pressure.
(6) Zinc ascorbate. The zinc may give
an added boost to the immune system.
(7) Manganese ascorbate, Molybdenum
ascorbate, Chromium ascorbate. These are not recommended for mega
(8) Often Sodium ascorbate and calcium
ascorbate are mixed in various ratios. You may also find
all the buffered ascorbates (2) to (7) mixed together in
various combinations. On my wish list is that someone
market a blend of ascorbates that is palatable (if taken
in solution), nutritious, economical, low or sodium free,
that will not cause stomach distress.
(9) ESTER-C calcium ascorbate, and
sodium ascorbate are sold with and without bioflavonoids
in capsule form and bulk powder. The manufacturer claims
that this patented form of vitamin C
is more potent. It has a pH of 7.0. As a powder try
ESTER-C sodium ascorbate which is very palatable and well
tolerated when mixed in water. ESTER-C is more expensive
than the regular C.
(10) There are some
"hypoallergenic" forms of C to try if you have
allergy problems with it.
(11) Vitamin C is more economical if purchased in bulk, by
the pound or kilogram. Vitamin C has an excellent shelf
life if kept dark and cool. Refrigeration is not
required. Vitamin C loses its potency if stored moist or
wet. To avoid adding moisture to the powder, dispense it
with a dry spoon.
VITAMIN C - LINKS
(1) Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD
(2) Bronson Laboratories offer Vitamin C powder at a good price:
(3) Vitamin C intravenous
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