Unlike most mammals and birds, humans do not produce vitamin C in their bodies, having lost the ability to do so along with primates and guinea pigs. Studies have found that some populations may have as many as 20 to 35% who are severely vitamin C deficient while college students, smokers and older adults have an especially high risk.
Therefore, we have to obtain the vitamin C "benefits" our bodies need from external sources. Our diet should include as many different colors of fresh vegetables and fruits as possible.
High dose vitamin C is nature's way of dealing with a crisis in our health
Vitamin C does so many things at so many levels, it should be one of our core supplements, used in building skin, bones, teeth, tissue and so much more while being an anti-oxidant and supporting the immune system. If we have zero or low levels of vitamin C, we can obviously become susceptible to various viruses doing the rounds.
This bring us on to Liposomal vitamin C
The great advantage of the liposomal formulation is that it doesn't sit in the GI tract but is absorbed up to 8 times better than regular vitamin C, particularly if you are suffering from a chronic condition such as CFIDS/MCS. You can buy a supplement like the LiveonLab brand from Iherb or from mercola.com
. You can even make your own.
Are you interested in making your own?
This is easy to do at home and is so much better absorbed and used by the body than oral or intravenous vitamin C.
A friend of mine has posted her recipe on hawkeshealth.net and so I am going to share it here.
To make approximately 14oz of inexpensive liposomal vitamin C, you will need:
- An electric stick blender such as a Kitchen Aid immersion blender with 9 speeds
- 3 level tablespoons of soy lecithin (45cc) (make sure it is GMO free and organic if possible)
Please note :
- 1 level tablespoon ascorbic acid powder (15cc)
One affordable source of clean ascorbic acid powder is from this link
. The description reads “We use only 100% pure pharmaceutical grade L-ascorbic acid USP-FCC* (C6H8O6) which contains no corn residue, plant antigens, or protein impurities. Individuals allergic to corn or yeast can use this product with confidence. pH 2.1† Made without Gluten or GMOs."
How to use
- Dissolve the lecithin in 1 cup (240cc) warm distilled warm.
- Dissolve the ascorbic acid in 1/2 cup warm distilled water.
- Pour both solutions together into the wide mouth mason jar or other container that can accommodate the stick blender.
- Blend until it forms a cloudy, homogeneous mixture (takes roughly about two minutes).
- Refrigerate to store ready for use.
- Take one teaspoon of the mix daily - you can experiment with this amount after you have taken it for a while to see how it affects you.
- Take on an empty stomach and wait at least 15 minutes before eating anything. When treating a severe virus for example, vitamin C can be given in high doses until bowel intolerance is almost reached and repeated continually every hour or 2 for 5 to 7 days.
- Many take it in the morning before breakfast.
- It is really sour tasting so you might want to follow it up with some water to get the taste out of the mouth or something else as a small treat!
Liposomal vitamin C is packaged like a bodily cell so it passes through the digestive barrier and delivers the nutrient directly to the bloodstream. This has a much higher absorption rate with over 90% of the cells being bathed in vitamin C.
Some experts suggest that liposomal vitamin C is vastly superior to IV vitamin C – an expensive but effective procedure that is often carried out in hospitals and alternative health clinics.