I'm curious, is there any benefit for those of us with disc problems (bulges, herniation, etc) of taking large quantities of Vitamin C?
So far I haven't noticed any difference taking 5,000-8000mg per day. Don't have any gas/diarrhea so I guess my body is using/needing it?
P.S. I saw this online, not sure how true it is:
Vitamin C is, in my opinion, THE #1 most overlooked supplement.
I say that even with the knowledge and understanding that it is
also the #1 most commonly taken supplement.
I spent many months, late last year, researching Vitamin C,
and I came away completely convinced that it has been largely
overlooked by both the medical profession and the lay public
1. After all, It's just vitamin C. It's in oranges and fruits
and vegetables, so, big deal... how special could it really be?
2. It's not "sexy" (see above) or exotic... unlike, for example,
"pycnogenol" which is a powerful and expensive anti-inflammatory
made from French maritime pine bark! But it's "just" vitamin C.
3. It doesn't/won't/can't make the big pharmaceutical companies
rich since they can't patent it.
4. As with many/most nutritional supplements, its effects
take a while to manifest which, in a society where we're all
about immediate gratification, causes people to discount it.
5. Also, as with most vitamin and mineral supplements, the RDA
is set ridiculously low so that VASTLY HIGHER levels of the
nutrient are actually required for its effects to move from
"keeps you from dying" to "actually cures things". That
difference between the RDA and the "I can feel it" levels
causes highly conservative people to worry. ("But how could
the government be THAT far wrong?")
One of the evolutionary science clinchers for me is that we are
one of the very few animals around that don't make our own
vitamin C! Only we, a few related primates, fruit bats and
Guinea pigs do not make vitamin C. (And, guess what? What makes
Guinea pigs useful for study, thus they are so often scientific
"Guinea pigs" ... is that of al the possible laboratory animals,
they get sick in many of the same ways that we do! Gee, I
wonder why that might be??
The livers (and in some cases pancreases) of ALL OTHER CREATURES
synthesizes vitamin C from glucose through a six-step process
which requires the presence of four critical enzymes to
facilitate the conversion of glucose into vitamin C. But in the
current human genome the chromosome which codes for the
production of the FINAL enzyme in the process, something called
L-gulonolactone oxidase, is defective! So our livers generate
ALL of the intermediate products up to the final stage... but
can't seal the deal. (And the unused byproduct eventually winds
up degrading and being taken apart and it pieces reused.)
My belief, which is shared with the beliefs of everyone who has
really looked into this, is that humans would be making about
20 to 30 GRAMS of vitamin C per day ... except that our DNA is
broken so we can't make any. (Household dogs and cats synthesize
4 to 5 grams of vitamin C daily.)
So what does the RDA level of 60 MILLIgrams of vitamin C do?
It's the level required to prevent scurvy, which is the disease
state brought on by acute vitamin C deficiency.
As a consequence of the many books I read, and supplementary
[sic] research I did late last year, I now take as much vitamin
C per day as my digestive system will allow. As with magnesium,
too much will produce diarrhea. And also as with magnesium,
when I began taking it I was able to take substantially more
without any laxative effects than I can now. So something was
I urge you to check out THIS PDF, which is a short 2-page
summary of the MANY health benefits brought by vitamin C:http://misc.grc.com/Vitamin_C_Summary.pdf