As a chiropractic nutritionist I am often asked about the many types of vitamins and minerals that are best for us to take. However, let’s talk about Vitamin C.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble Vitamin. Unlike most mammals, humans do not have the ability to make their own vitamin C. Therefore, we must obtain vitamin C through our diet.
When I was in chiropractic school I learned of the studies performed by Linus Pauling. According to the Linus Pauling Institute:
“Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Vitamin C also plays an important role in … brain function and … mood. In addition, vitamin C is required for … energy. Recent research also suggests that vitamin C is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol to bile acids, which may have implications for blood cholesterol levels and the incidence of gallstones.”
As a doctor of chiropractic, I practice the use of nutrition in my Mesa, Arizona office. To help my chiropractic patients I have shared this list of some of the potential diseases that may be prevented and / or helped by Vitamin C:
Cardiovascular Disease Coronary Heart Disease Stroke Cancer Cataracts Lead toxicity osteoporosis
Where do you find the best sources of Vitamin C? In the foods you eat of course! Unfortunately, large dosages of ascorbic acid (the FDA’s measurement of vitamin C) cannot be consumed in diet alone and may cause stomach distress. My recommendation is whole vitamin C supplements from quality vitamin producers. I personally recommend and use Standard Process Labs in my Mesa, AZ office.
Remember though, that vitamin therapy should be properly monitored by a knowledgeable practitioner in nutritional studies, like a chiropractor. When improperly used, high doses of synthetic, ascorbic acid will leach valuable calcium from your body! Whole vitamin C will not do this. Whole vitamin C verses synthetic (laboratory made) vitamin C is very important to understand.
Cheaper prices sometimes mean cheaper quality so be careful when you tempted to buy that “bottle” off the grocery store shelf! Instead, come see me in my Mesa, AZ Chiropractic clinic and receive a nutrition analysis.