Did you know that you actually have a serious genetic disease?
It’s called “I can’t make vitamin C disease” and as far as science knows, it affects every single human on the planet.
Doctors rarely, if ever talk about it, which is a shame because what you don’t know about this disease can hurt you in many ways.
Fortunately, there is a cure, and it’s easier than you might think. Here’s the scoop:
Nearly all other mammals and reptiles can make their own vitamin C. Moreover, they manufacture it in their liver according to the amount they need.
Vitamin C production increases significantly during times of stress, such as mental/emotional taxation or an infection.
In fact, when animals are injected with toxins or infections, their vitamin C production in the liver increases ten- to twenty-fold!
Strictly speaking, animals make ascorbate, or ascorbic acid, which we call vitamin C.
However along with most species of bats, guinea pigs, capybara and some of the primates, we humans lost our ability to make our own vitamin C (ascorbic) acid due to genetic changes.
We’re missing an enzyme along the chemical chain that takes glucose and turns it into vitamin C.
As such, we rely on receiving adequate vitamin C in our diets to stay healthy. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough!
Because we’re not educated about the importance of nutrients at school, we tend not to appreciate just how important they are.
The word vitamin has only been used since around 1912, and is derived from the Latin ‘vita’, which means ‘life’.
We need vitamins to stay in optimal health and to survive, with each individual one carrying out a multitude of roles in the body.
Whilst every cell in our body requires every nutrient, vitamin C deserves special attention because of the many important roles it plays in maintaining wellness and preventing illness.
Because we can’t make vitamin C, we need to get it from our diet. Unfortunately, we simply don’t get enough in most cases.
Outright vitamin C deficiency is called scurvy and involves the breakdown of connective tissue that holds and binds body tissues together.
As you may know, scurvy is a big deal – sailors used to die from it on a fairly regular basis due to a lack of vitamin C intake when they were away on voyages.
In scurvy, the body tissue breaks down from the inside out. Arteries connective tissue and so forth cannot remain strong in the absence of vitamin C.
In the photo, you can see the mouth of someone with pretty severe scurvy, where the gums and oral structures have broken down.
Imagine this happening everywhere in the body and you’ll get a picture of what outright vitamin C deficiency can do.
Because of our advancement in nutritional knowledge, it’s not common for people to have scurvy these days, especially in the developed world.
However, this doesn’t mean vitamin C deficiency isn’t causing problems in modern life.
Because vitamin C is such an important nutrient with a broad base of biochemical activities, deficiencies can cause a lot of challenges.
It’s not obvious that inadequate vitamin C is causing these challenges because the effects may be indirect.
In the literature, vitamin C has been associated with the following common symptoms:
Wouldn’t you agree that there are plenty of people walking round with these symptoms?
I did a lot of research in this area when I wrote my book, H. Pylori – From Heartburn to Heart Attacks.
A dramatic title, for sure, but one I chose consciously to raise awareness of a complete lack of regard in medical circles for the true underling causes of heart disease, which extend way beyond high cholesterol and obesity.
Anyway, I consumed a lot of information on the role of vitamin C in cardiovascular health for the book and was blown away by what I learned.
First, Linus Pauling – the two-time Nobel Laureate – proposed in the late 1980s that heart disease was caused by vitamin C deficiency.
He said that low a below optimal vitamin C level leads to weakened arteries, which succumb to wear and tear of blood flowing by.
As a result, the arteries sustain damage, which leads attracts an immune response, along with cholesterol and fats, that ultimately lead to the build up of arterial plaque (atherosclerosis).
I don’t think vitamin C deficiency is the only reason for the build up of plaque, but it’s certainly a contributing factor.
In addition to Pauling’s work, I also came across work by several other experts, including these:
Dr. Tom Levy M.D., author of “Stop America’s #1 Killer” (a book about heart disease) and “Curing The Incurable – Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, & Toxins.”
Mark Houston M.D., author of “What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About Hypertension” and “What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About Heart Disease”
Here some excerpts from these books:
Dr Levy’s book:
“Overall, then, a focal vitamin C deficiency in the arterial wall “degenerates” the basement membrane allowing the abnormal deposition of solutes such as calcium, cholesterol, and fats. Subsequently, there is a proliferation of macrophages in the basement membrane, which continues as long as the abnormal deposition of solutes continues. And, until vitamin C levels in the arteries normalize, abnormal deposits will continue to appear and macrophages will continue to proliferate and engulf the solutes, thereby continuing the relentless progression of atherosclerosis.”
The book “Stop America’s #1 Killer: Reversible Vitamin Deficiency Found to be Origin of All Coronary Heart Disease”, is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand how vitamin C influences heart disease.
Levy’s work identifies more than 650 studies showing how vitamin C may:
So what? Well, the above benefits will drastically reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as other health challenges.
Dr. Houston’s book:
“Studies of large populations show that the risk of coronary heart disease decreases as vitamin C consumption increases. Its heart healthy actions include combating oxidation and lowering levels of total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides while increasing HDL, improving endothelial dysfunction, and reducing the formation of blood clots.”
Another doctor, in fact an ex-cardiac surgeon, who is quite outspoken on nutritional management of cardiovascular health is Dr. Stephen Sinatra. He has this to say about the benefits of vitamin C:
Again, I’m certainly not saying vitamin C is the only reason for cardiovascular disease. I’m merely pointing out some of the issues around this critical nutrient that your doctor won’t be telling you and which, for whatever reason, the media doesn’t talk about.
To summarise, unlike most other mammals you can’t make your own vitamin C, meaning you have to take it in from the outside, whether in food or supplement form.
If you don’t get enough vitamin C, you’re not going to feel as well as you could, and according to the experts, you’re likely to increase your risk of developing diseases.
These diseases include cardiovascular disease, and we haven’t even mentioned cancer, which vitamin C deficiency is also associated with.
Unfortunately, because of stress, infections and toxins we all tend to use up our vitamin C faster than we did a few hundred years ago, and because diets are nutritionally poor, you’re probably not getting an optimal amount of vitamin C in your diet to maintain optimal levels.
So what can you do about this? What can you eat more of, or less of? What supplements can you take, and in what dosage? And are there any supplement delivery methods that are superior to others?
In part two of this article, we’ll explore how you can test your vitamin C level, measure your daily intake, and choose the best supplements for optimizing your level.
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That’s all for now – see you in the next article on testing vitamin C levels and optimizing your intake.