Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for human beings. Our bodies cannot make vitamin C, therefore we always have to fulfil our need of vitamin C from other sources, such as green leafy vegetables, berries, guavas, citrus fruits, tomatoes, melons, papayas, kiwi, bell peppers, broccoli, kale or from supplement form of vitamin C etc.
In the case of prophylactic purpose or to use in a condition of a disease, food sources do not provide an ample amount of this vital vitamin. In such circumstances, a more potent form of vitamin C is necessary. Thus, the natural or synthetic form of L-Ascorbic Acid is required to fulfil the deficiency and to combat the disease-causing pathogen effectively.
Vitamin C is an effective antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal nutrient. Opponents of vitamins and supplements – everyone knows who these are – would never tell their patients about the benefits of these health-giving essential nutrients, for one simple reason: they cannot sell and make big profits from these vitamins and minerals as they make from the sale of their pharmaceutical drugs.
These days, when Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has reached a pandemic scale, it is important to learn how to use all possible avenues to protect, and if someone attracts this disease, then to treat with a substance like vitamin C. This vital knowledge becomes in dire need, especially when there no vaccine or drug is available to treat the viral disease like COVID-19.
Before mentioning about how to use vitamin C as a vital prophylactic (to safeguard when exposed to viral atmosphere) substance or its use if someone has caught COVID-19 disease. It should be noted that any form of vitamin C, synthetic or natural, could be used. Both synthetic and natural forms have their own pros and cons, but both types are equally effective.
Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is a white grainy powder, with a sharp sour taste. Since this form of vitamin C is acidic, if you suffer from stomach acidity then you may use a non-acidic mineral form of vitamin C, such as Calcium Ascorbate, Potassium Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbate or Sodium Ascorbate etc. These less acidic forms of ascorbic acid are called ‘buffered’ forms.
I personally prefer the powdered form of L-Ascorbic Acid, a synthetic form of vitamin C, for its ease of availability and cost-effectiveness. Remember, natural and synthetic L-ascorbic acid are chemically identical, and there are no known differences in their biological activity.
Prophylactic Use of Vitamin C:
In order to safeguard when one is exposed to a medically-hostile viral environment, 2000 – 4000 mg of vitamin C in two or four equally divided doses daily is enough for adults. For children over the age of five, 2000mg of vitamin C in four equally divided doses daily will help boost their immune system. For babies, a pinch of vitamin C powder mixed in their porridge or drinking water twice daily may help to fend off disease pathogens.
I personally take 4000mg of vitamin C powder daily to help boost my immune system these days, along with other supplements. I use 2000mg of vitamin C powder when I leave for work in the morning and 2000mg on my return in the evening.
All vitamin C powder solution in water should be drunk as soon as possible.
I prefer powder form of vitamin C over the tablet form because powder form is the purest form of vitamin C. In tablets, there are other auxiliary ingredients to convert vitamin C powder into a tablet. These other ingredients can cause an allergic reaction to some users.
How to Measure Powder Form of Vitamin C:
1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder is 4000mg of vitamin C (and therefore half teaspoon is 2000mg and a quarter is 1000mg).
Treatment of Disease Symptoms with Vitamin C:
If someone catches coronavirus and infection occurs, then the vitamin C protocol changes according to the need of the patient. In this case, the daily dose of vitamin C varies from person to person. You may contact me for further guidance.
In order to treat infections, along vitamin C, I do prescribe other natural complementary healthcare products. In my experience, all these natural carefully selected products work synergistically to overcome all such disease symptoms, without causing any harm to the body.
Safety of Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is an extremely safe substance. Since vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, therefore toxic levels are not built up in the body. Excess of vitamin C is excreted mostly through urine. Extremely large doses can cause stomach upsets, which normalises when its dose is decreased. There are many myths and false information spread by the opponents of vitamin C. For example, vitamin C causes kidney stones, vitamin C causes B12 deficiency (pernicious anaemia) etc. All such falsehood about this vital vitamin is debunked by scientific studies at various levels.
References in support of vitamin C safety and about its effectiveness in various disease conditions can be seen online and, in the books, specifically written by high profile scientists and experts.
Note: Information in this blog post is given for general guidance and for educational purposes. Always use any vitamin or supplement under the guidance of your healthcare provider.