Our wholesale suppliers have been cleaned out of Vitamin C. In the absence of official advice about what people can do to ensure their families have robust immune systems, people are doing what they think is best by stocking up on vitamin C and taking large daily doses.
The Government and its health officials are missing in action on this matter.
I'm stepping in to help fill the void with some sensible and practical guidance.
There is a lot that a person can be doing right now to put the odds a little more in their favour of an infection, including Covid-19, being mild rather than life-threatening. Supporting immune health is so important for everyone, especially for the elderly and anyone with compromised immune health.
Isolation is our first defence, good health is our back up.
How much Vitamin C should we be taking?
A healthy person does not need to take any more than 500 mg of any kind of vitamin C supplement. This is on top of a diet that contains fresh fruit and berries.
Actually, if you are eating berries daily like a cup of fresh or 1-2 teaspoons of freeze-dried blackcurrant, you will not benefit from any supplementary C. better still, add the blackcurrant powder to this cheap recipe and you are covered for C and various potent bioflavonoids.
Please refer to the lemon drink recipe here:
Chronic, excess vitamin C may interfere with other nutrients
Refer to the Periodic Table above, paying attention to the antagonists in the right-hand column.
All nutritional elements, as well as nutrients such as vitamin C, have their "Goldilocks Zone".
Not too much and not too little - just right!
Too much vitamin C may cause a magnesium deficiency.
Too much vitamin C may delete copper.
Too much vitamin C may deplete selenium.
Too much vitamin C may cause iron overload.
If you are going to take a vitamin C supplement, say 500 mg, then it is better to spread it over the day rather than have it all at once. Break the pill up and have a few bits of it over the day, or
Even better put it into your lemon drink formula along with some blackcurrant and guzzle down a few glasses over the day. It is delicious and energising as a drink.
The health benefits of NZ Blackcurrant
Blackcurrants have many health benefits including some interesting antiviral properties.
Here is a useful summary for you:
We still have some supplies of freeze-dried blackcurrant powder but they are running low. Email me if you want to see about getting some.
When to take mega-doses of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is critical for general good health, including immune health. It is necessary for the functioning of every cell in our bodies. For this, taking in more than what your body needs each day is not of any extra benefit.
Vitamin C may save lives:
It kills bugs like viruses and undoes a lot of the damage, but only when it is given in huge doses that are administered by an intravenous line.
If you were to feel a sore throat or other sign of a viral infection coming on then you may benefit from substantially increasing your intake of supplementary vitamin C. This may be as much as 1-2,000 mg per waking hour, more or less, depending on how your gut handles it. Your limit for vitamin C intake is when you get loose stools. There is no benefit from taking more past the point of producing loose stools. The only way you can get more in is to have it administered by a qualified health professional and there are very few in New Zealand willing to do this procedure. Those who do so keep a very low profile.
Reduce the dose of vitamin C once you are feeling well. There is no benefit in continuing with large doses once recovered.
For evidence about the benefits for intravenous vitamin C saving lives, watch this video:
Shortly after, I was told by a worker within the hospital where this drama worked out, that nobody else will ever have intravenous vitamin C. The hospital was dead against it. That was ten years ago and it appears to be the case. Unless it is a patent medicine, the therapy is deemed useless. I trust this stance is reconsidered in the light of all of the evidence of vitamin C's therapeutic potential.
Please read this Daily Mail article about the use of vitamins in the treatment of Covid-19
Small, daily doses of the nutrients mentioned in the article do support a healthy immune system. I have all of these, including activated B6 for delivery if you are interested.
Have your fruit and berries daily, take a little extra vitamin C as a supplement, if you feel the need and substantially bump the dose up at the first hint of an infection. Drop the dose right back down once you are well.