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by 83 · about 12 hours ago

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 higherI was doing some research on ways of reversing... (more)

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paleot 0 · 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... (more)

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by 53 · about 12 hours ago

I have a vitamin C and zinc deficiencies and was put on supplements, but don't understand how it works exactly. Why are doses proscribed in increments and not in one megadose if someone is deficient? And how long does it take to correct a... (more)

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rachelliott 0 · March 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM

A mega-dose of a non water soluble vitamin would work great since you can store it in fat - like vitamin A. However, vit C and zinc are water soluble so you'd just pee out the excess and be deficient again in a few days without a regular dose. (more)

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by 15400 · about 12 hours ago

Good day to you, my dear Paleohackers, I have a question for you, as always: Does boiling destroy vitamin C content in rose hip tea or does it greatly reduce it? Dr. Weil recommends boiling rose hips for 30 minutes. He claims that... (more)

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BobK 0 · February 03, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Boiling rose hips for ~10 to 15 minutes is the standard method of extracting vitamin C from them via "tea". The boiled rose hips can also be eaten. A couple representative... (more)

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by 343 · about 12 hours ago

Hi everyone, I know there's been discussion here before about why to megadose vitamin C, but what I'm interested in is the experience of anyone who's tried it. I am currently getting over laryngitis and have a mild case of shingles,... (more)

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Mike_K 0 · November 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Did you know that all animals in the world produce vitamin C except for higher order primates, guinea pigs and fruit bats? Did you know, mammals produce vitamin C in their livers and birds in their kidneys and the amount produced changes... (more)

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by 343 · about 12 hours ago

Hi everyone, I know there's been discussion here before about why to megadose vitamin C, but what I'm interested in is the experience of anyone who's tried it. I am currently getting over laryngitis and have a mild case of shingles,... (more)

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Mike_K 0 · November 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Did you know that all animals in the world produce vitamin C except for higher order primates, guinea pigs and fruit bats? Did you know, mammals produce vitamin C in their livers and birds in their kidneys and the amount produced changes... (more)

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by 10 · about 12 hours ago

I'm having a weird experience with vitamin c, which took me about a week to put together because it coincided with restarting the paleo diet(I was eating paleo for about two months, quit for a month and restarted about a week ago). I was fatigued... (more)

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O_Siodhachain 0 · May 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I found this article interesting. Maybe it will be helpful to you. :) I think it suggests that fatigue from vitamin C is sometimes because your magnesium levels* are... (more)

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by 213 · about 12 hours ago

nutritiondata.com indicates that lemons have 50% more vitamin-C than limes. I have a hard time believing that, but what do you think?

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miked_2 0 · January 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Question #1: why would you think otherwise. I.e. what expectation do you have that's bothering you? And #2: how much of any kind of nutrient a food had isn't the question to should ask. You should be concerned with how bioavailability the... (more)

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by 5 · about 12 hours ago

Anyone else out there have schemberg's disease? I was recently diagnosed with it and after doing a lot of research there seems to be no cure or known cause. I've heard that a few people have had success with reducing the unsightly spots that come... (more)

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Anotherfatchap 0 · April 09, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I had this for the past ten years or so, and it cleared up completely when I went paleo for the past month. I have a very sedentary desk job and had no success previously with vitamins or supplementation. Also I dropped 20 pounds with the... (more)

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by 1032 · about 12 hours ago

I haven't done quite enough of my own research yet on this topic to have all the 'whys' and 'hows' figured out, but I'm aware enough that sodium nitrate in processed meat should be avoided. However I have read that vitamin c (and e?) help prevent... (more)

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Stabby 0 · September 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM

It doesn't appear to be that effective http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/3/685.long http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/3/685/T3.expansion.html It definitely does in Mscott's in vitro experiment paper, but the deal with red... (more)

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by 2407 · about 12 hours ago

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19433800/ As we know, exercise increases insulin sensitivity. This study says vitamin C and antioxidants negate that effect. Apparently it shuts down the benefits of autophagy... (more)

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miked_2 0 · November 06, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Yeah, this is pretty well known in the exercise community. Antioxidents blunt the hormetic stressor that exercise provides so you actually don't get the benefits from the exercise. Even ibuprofin PWO will limit the benefit you get from the... (more)

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by 432 · about 12 hours ago

Is there vitamin C in raw eggs? My logic goes that if an egg contains all that is required to complete a living chicken, then maybe vit-c is one of those necessaries. On the other hand, vitamin-c might be important for regeneration rather than... (more)

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KA24 0 · September 01, 2012 at 1:13 AM

You are correct. This is a great breakdown the egg, with the specifics for the white and yolk.

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by 1786 · about 12 hours ago

i've been reading conflicting reports about if it'd actually healthy to take foods or supplements that reduce inflammation in the 4 hour window after exercise, due to it blunting the benefits of said exercise. some say that taking even 1g of... (more)

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CD 0 · August 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Inflammation is good during exercise, there is limited benefit to it post exercise. This is why elite athletes will take a cold shower, then jump into an ice bath immediately after the workout. Inflammation is effect of breaking muscle fibers.... (more)

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by 70 · about 12 hours ago

Ascorbic acid's primary role is as a cofactor in the hydroxylation reaction of proline and lysine for the production of collagen. "Proline hydroxylation requires ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The most obvious, first effects (gingival and hair... (more)

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AStar 0 · May 25, 2012 at 5:14 PM

From a quick look through your wikipedia link, I don't think so. The addition of the hydroxyl group to the proline is a post translational modification done by prolyl hydroxylase. This step occurs after the protein synthesis. The vitamin c is... (more)

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by 495 · about 12 hours ago

So I got the sniffles (whole fam got sick over the holidays, grumble)... and started thinking. I eat next to no fruit. Mostly just berries or citrus (limes, lemons, grapefruit) in the summer. Being a little under the weather, I started thinking... (more)

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Laura_11 0 · January 05, 2012 at 1:36 AM

You don't have the eat fruit to get Vitamin C. Check out the top 10 hightest vitamin C foods ... http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/vitamin-C.php. I don't think you have to take vitamin C supplements in order to be healthy. I think it's... (more)

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by 11557 · about 13 hours ago

I noticed that several people have talked about megadosing their vitamin C, and I was wondering why? I know the loss of the ability to synthesize vitamin C has been put forward as a reason to megadose, but I'm not sure I understand that as a... (more)

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Milla 0 · December 20, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Anything in excess is generally negative, and can have adverse effects. You will not get any more of the vitamin C benefits (immunity boosting, antioxidant, etc) by overdosing. Because Vitamin C is water - soluble rather than fat-soluble, and... (more)

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by 6087 · about 13 hours ago

I eat a couple lbs of fruit and vegetables a day, which equates to about 500 mg vitamin C daily. Have any of you felt a substantial difference in your general sense of well being when transitioning from this produce-based vitamin C intake to... (more)

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Geoff_ 0 · November 16, 2011 at 8:43 PM

I normally get violently sick every flu season. Ive been taking 2,000 mg a day and havent gotten sick even though everyone around me has. I also take vit d and probiotics which is supposed to help but also did this the last two yrs and still got... (more)

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by 39841 · about 13 hours ago

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that humans, along with the rest of the great apes, and some other less relevant animals like guinea pigs, bats etc., have lost the ability to synthesize. We lost this ability at a time when we were largely... (more)

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Aravindan_Balasubramanian 0 · November 12, 2011 at 3:26 AM

I didn't realize it had been categorically dismissed http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-4-supplement-wisely http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?cat=54 to name just a few relevant opinions in the blogosphere that advocate Vitamin C and... (more)

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by 565 · about 13 hours ago

I recently decided to experiment with taking some high doses of vitmin C primarily because of what I've read on Paleo Hacks. I started upping my dose yesterday. I did 3x2g with the intention of going to 4x2g the following day. Well, let's... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · November 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Most people reach bowel tolerance between 5 and 15g per day, so your result is perfectly normal. From now on you supplement with 75% of that amount in 3-5 doses per day. You need more on any stress exposure - cellular/physical/mental/whatever.... (more)

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by 6229 · about 13 hours ago

What is most bioavailable form of Vitamin C as a supplement for those going that route? Thanks. UPDATE (Fall/Winter): I started with 500 mg/day of Vitamin C supplementation (with Bioflavonoids) and worked up to 4000-6000 mg/day (depending on the... (more)

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jesuisjuba___paleorepublic_com 0 · November 07, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I defi itely think there are benefits to citrus in water, especially when you're not feeling well, but maybe both food + water for a good balance. Kale, kiwi, guava, strawberries, broccoli, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, mustard greens, umm..... (more)

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by 78417 · about 13 hours ago

Saturday Oct 29, 2011 (foodconsumer.org) -- Breast cancer patients should take vitamin C and E supplements and avoid use of combination carotenoids, a new study in the Sept 2011 issue of Cancer suggests. The study shows that breast cancer... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · October 30, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Well that recent controversy was about an increased risk of prostate cancer. I should expect that none of the female breast cancer patients in this study had a prostate gland.

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by 19220 · about 13 hours ago

Several people seem to be recommending vitamin C supplements lately and when I looked I was surprised there was not much on the subject here. So... Do you take vitamin C supplements? If so why? What dose to you take and recommend? What are... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · October 17, 2011 at 10:09 AM

I don't see a point to copy/paste my previous writings here. It is against DRY principle. As Dragonfly nicely said, people should learn to use search. The studie that Dean reffered to [vitamin c and/or antioxidants prevent exercise benefits... (more)

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by 6889 · about 13 hours ago

I'd like to supplement with some Vitamin C due to crazy amounts of stress. I'm working on the stress bit, but it's not going to go away immediately, so I'd like to help myself along a little. Anywho, as I'm still working on healing my digestive... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · September 22, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Buy sodium bicarbonate (SB). Use tea spoon C (4g) with 1/2 tsp SB in water, and wait until reaction finishes. After it does, taste will be slightly acidic if you didn't put enough SB, slightly salty if you put it too much and neutral similar to... (more)

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by 55 · about 13 hours ago

Knowing that Vitamin C is a metals chelator, I am wondering about the timing of taking it with magnesium. Does it negatively affect absorption? I have not been able to find a reference, but I have noticed that there are combined supplements,... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · September 12, 2011 at 9:01 PM

This is a rat study, but vitamin C doesn't appear to have a positive or negative effect on magnesium absorption: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19271421 It would appear that a magnesium deficiency leads to lower serum vitamin C, however. (more)

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by 12847 · about 13 hours ago

In the slow wound healing question Lindsay claims ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, and we need sodium ascorbate a salt of ascorbic acid [Moderator's Note: the questioner has taken Lindsay's remarks out of context and has only dealt with a small... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · September 23, 2011 at 7:48 PM

There is no such thing as vitamin C complex. The reason is that almost all animals make vitamin C in the kidney/liver and animals don't make misterious other parts of the complex. One of the reasons for this is that vitamin C is needed to make... (more)

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by 1204 · about 13 hours ago

If the building blocks of our joints, ligaments, and tendons is collagen, and collagen is formed by Lysine, Proline, and a reaction with Vitamin C (I know I may be oversimplifying things a bit), then would the supplementation of these three speed... (more)

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saikln 0 · February 05, 2011 at 4:39 AM

If you want the ingredients for building connective tissue than eat that. Interesting info on the bone broth: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_259-260/ai_n10299306/?tag=content;col1 (more)

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