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Do you supplement Vitamin C? If so, how much, and why? If not, why not?

I prefer to not supplement anything and i get about 2-300% RDA of vitamin c, but it seems there may be benefits to going higher

I was doing some research on ways of reversing atherosclerosis and i found this, very interesting:

Pauling Linus' Unified Theory of CVD

The only things I find hard to reconcile is how much I pee when I take vitamin c, so i'm probably not even using it, and how humans would've ever got anywhere near the doses he recommends through dietary sources, it just doesn't seem natural. I can push past these issues as I ate unnatural foods for so many years, so taking unnatural measures to prevent CVD makes some sense, plus i am at very high risk for CVD so if mega dosing vitamin c helps prevent it or even reverse it then i'm all for it.

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992 · June 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I don't do much ascorbic acid as a supplement, but I get lots of the vitamin C complex in my diet. (I probably eat a bell pepper a day with a couple lbs of plants.) If I feel like I'm fighting something or need the immune system boost, then I supplement small doses frequently for a couple days, but luckily I haven't felt the need to do that in a long time.

40652 · June 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Linus Pauling is a loon. Sure, he has a Nobel prize, but he's squandered it on psuedo-science. The problem with vitamin C megadosing is that it's largely ineffective at raising serum ascrobate levels. Our bodies actively eliminate excess vitamin C. They also maintain a constant level by recycling spent ascorbate (animals generally do not do this). That's why you can go without vitamin C for quite a while before deficiency symptoms crop up.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

225 · June 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I supplement a few g's of vitamin C per day, not sure it really does anything. However people make some pretty extraordinary claims for vitamin C and given it's cheap price and low risk even at stupidly high doses then I figure it's worth taking just for the luls, even if it's simply making expensive pee.

Whether It's natural of not, well if you're consuming many, many lbs of veggies/fruits a day then you probably could get up there to a few 100 percent RDA. I don't think it really matters though, no one cares what's 'paleo', they care what's optimal.

5 · June 18, 2014 at 9:42 AM

My diet calculates close to 600% and it is for a calorie deficit plan, you can do much better with diet. I remember reading some refuting studies about such vitamin c supplementation.

Why don't you use some clove oil instead ? Though it's relation with CVD probably has never been established explicitly, and won't, I think it might do a good job on inflammation and oxidative stress, more economically. You first need to test it on your skin in some fixed oil for an allergic reaction.

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