Ester Vitamin-C for the Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Take at least 500mg per day of Ester Vitamin-C. Some people may benefit from one 500mg pill taken every few hours, which may help prevent macrophage cells adhering to the walls of veins and arteries. This could be helpful in diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy or nephropathy -- degenerative conditions found in poorly controlled diabetics. In these common conditions, people risk losing circulation in their eyes, kidneys, brain and feet and legs. The walls of tiny veins and arteries thicken and harden as they absorb electrically charged 'oxidized' macrophage cells. Vitamin-c donates an electron to these charged macrophage cells, which helps prevent them joining with an adhesion molecule to attach to artery or vein walls. However, once used in this process, the vitamin-c molecule itself becomes charged and needs to be neutralized, which normally happens when another anti-oxidant such as vitamin-e, glutathione, or alpha lipoic acid donates an electron back to vitamin-c. The re-charged or repaired vitamin-c can go back to work again once this neutralizing takes place. To enable proper function of vitamin-c in prevention of macrophage adhesion, there needs to be a constant supply of fresh vitamin-c taken throughout the day, and plenty of synergistic antioxidants such as vitamin-e all through the day. Furthermore, these vitamins need a good supply of minerals like magnesium as well as many others, in order to work properly. Vegetables are the only reliable source of these cofactor nutrients.
If the individual suffers from high blood sugar as happens in poorly controlled diabetes (and also untreated, undiagnosed pre-diabetes), their red blood cells (hemoglobin cells) become coated with glucose. This means these red blood cells cannot work to deliver oxygen throughout the body as they should. The glycerinated hemoglobin cells (sugar coated red blood cells) cannot bend or roll to fit into the small capillaries of organs like the eye, kidney and brain. As a result, no oxygen reaches vital tissues and cell death occurs, accompanied by micro-fissures and bleeding into the surrounding tissues, scar formation and loss of organ functions. Ultimately, these conditions often result in blindness, amputations, stokes and even death.
This destructive process is the main problem with undiagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes. The diabetic needs to reduce blood sugar throughout the day to as close to normal levels (from 90 to 100 on a blood sugar meter or "glucometer"), or their A1C blood test reading every 3 months to be as close to a 5.0 to 6.0 as possible. When they have succeeded in controlling their blood sugar, they will have prevented most side-effects of diabetes.
In addition to blood sugar control, if the diabetic will eat a diet high in antioxidant vegetables and take added vitamin-c, vitamin-e and magnesium each day, they may help their body fight degeneration of their kidneys, eyes, legs, feet and importantly their brain and heart.
Of course, taking one pill won't fix the problem. Each step in the process is important -- the high antioxidant vegetables, the supplemental vitamins, and the mineral supplements. When taking high doses of vitamin-c, be sure to take additional biotin and extra alpha and gamma forms of vitamin-e, as well as eating a good diet rich in 9+ servings of colorful vegetables every day. This will ensure that you have the needed cofactors to enable the vitamin-c to work properly.
Ester-C is a unique form of vitamin C containing naturally occurring metabolites. Its patented manufacturing process neutralizes the pH, making Ester-C gentler on the digestive system than normal vitamin C. Vitamin C's major role is to produce collagen, a protein substance that holds connective tissues together in skin, bone, teeth, and other parts of the body. Vitamin C is also critical for the proper function of the immune system, for manufacturing certain nerve-transmitting substances and hormones, and for the absorption and utilization of other nutrients, such as vitamin E and iron. Vitamin C is also a very important and powerful antioxidant that works in the aqueous (water) environments of the body, such as the lungs and lens of the eye. Its primary antioxidant partners are vitamin E and the carotenes, though it also works with the antioxidant enzymes. Vitamin C regenerates oxidized vitamin E, and restores the antioxidant potential of vitamin E in the body. The Natrol Ester-C product also contains bioflavonoids, with often occur naturally whenever Vitamin-C is encountered in dietary fresh fruits and vegetables. Scientists suggest that bioflavinoids may help Vit-C do its work in the body, or they may perform other important anti-oxidant work in the fight against free radicals. The Natrol Vit-C product linked to the right contains no yeast, wheat, corn, milk, egg, soy, glutens, artificial colors or flavors, or added sugar, starch, or preservatives. Up to 3 grams per day or more is commonly recommended by physicians to fight cardiovascular disease. Vitamins C and E work together to reduce blood platelet aggregation and blood clotting, and in the reduction of oxidized LDL cholesterol, which is associated with improved cardiac and circulatory health.*
Scientific Research Supporting Vitamin-C Supplementation -- There is overwhelming support in the scientific literature that supports supplementation of the diet with Vitamin-C, with some cautions and limitations, as with any dietary advice.*
(1) Read over 2,600 scientific studies reported at Pubmed.org (the web page of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, NIH) reporting research involving Vitamin-C and Cancer.
(2) Read over 2,400 scientific studies reported at Pubmed.org reporting research on Vitamin-C and Cardiovascular Heart Disease.
(3) Read over 180 scientific studies reported at Pubmed.org reporting research on Vitamin-C and Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol).
(4) Read over 400 scientific studies reported at Pubmed.org reporting research on Vitamin-C and Atherosclerosis.
(5) Read over 310 scientific studies reported at Pubmed.org reporting research on Vitamin-C and Hypertension (High Blood Pressure).
(6) Read over 710 scientific studies reported at Pubmed.org reporting research on Vitamin-C and Diabetes.
(7) Read over 140 scientific studies reported at Pubmed.org reporting research on Vitamin-C and Stroke.
(8) Read over 350 scientific studies reported at Pubmed.org reporting research on Vitamin-C and Inflammation.
(9) Read how Vitamins C and E work to improve your blood circulation in this report at "Vitamins C and E Prolong Time to Arterial Thrombosis in Rats", Journal of Nutrition, 129: 109-112, 1999.
(10) Then read a helpful report about anti-oxidants and aging at "Oxidants, antioxidants, and the degenerative diseases of aging", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1993, Vol 90, 7915-7922.
* All information on Level1Diet.com is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before changing your diet, or adding supplements to your diet, or beginning an exercise program, everyone should consult a qualified and licensed health practitioner; a physician, dietician or similar professional.