Vitamin C as Medicine




I recently discovered the power of vitamin C. I’ve always dissed the importance of vitamin C in our diet.

Yes…our body cannot make vitamin C, that’s why we need it from food. But the recommended amount is so small. And because of this I’ve always just ignore this super powerful nutrient.

The wimpy 60mg that the USDA recommends is the “minimum” needed to prevent scurvy. That’s the whole purpose of the 60mg.

However, vitamin C hides a  super powerful secret that no one knows.

At low dose, couple thousand milligrams, vitamin C acts as a very powerful antioxidant. At megadose level, 40,000mg (yes, 40 thousand) up to 250,000mg, it kills cancer cells while leaving the healthy cells alone.

Isn’t this the perfect cancer drugs we’ve been waiting for?

 

 

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In this post, I want to share my experience with vitamin C with you.

After watching this video here. I started experimenting with high dose of vitamin C. I started taking 4,000mg x2-3 times a day.

Here’s my finding after a few days on this regimen:

  1. I noticed that I can breathe freely in the morning. I used to wake up every morning with chest tightness and shortness of breath for my asthma. These asthma symptoms has been resolved, and I stopped using my albuterol inhaler.
  2. I have more energy. I used to have low energy in the afternoon and needing to taking naps every evening after dinner. Seriously, I was that tired. That stopped, and now I stay alert and have more time and energy to focus on other activities.

All these years, I’ve been brain-washed to believe that high dose of vitamin C will cause diarrhea. And I, as a registered dietitian, has been advising people to not to exceed 2,000mg of vitamin C per day to avoid diarrhea.

From my personal experience, I have no change in GI status since taking over 10,000mg of vitamin C a day.

With the success I see in my own experience, of course, I expand my influence to own child, who is, of course, skeptical of anything mommy gives her.

But she is now a believer as she also noticed the extra energy. She said she is not as tired. And you know how I know it really works for her? My daughter takes the 5,000mg vitamin C (5 huge pills) twice a day without a fight.

I’m just amazed at the results with this mundane nutrients that you can buy for a very low cost compared to other fancier nutrients.

If you’re experienced benefit with high dose of vitamin C and thinks that the rest of the world deserves to know about this miracle nutrient, please share this post.




Immune-Boosting with N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)




Immune-boosting N-acetylcysteine

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is naturally produced in our body from cysteine, a sulfur-containing amino acid. It is the acetylated form of L-cysteine. NAC is also the precursor to glutathione, a natural antioxidant and detoxifier that our body produces. N-acetylcysteine is more easily absorbed than either glutathione or L-cysteine.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

ADHD, autism and many other developmental disorders are thought to be the result of defective detox system and abnormal accumulation of toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

NAC acts as an antioxidant and a free radical-scavenging agent to support the body’s detox system. It protects the liver by preventing the abnormal accumulation of lipids within liver cells due to oxidative stress, and against environmental pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, chloroform, urethane, and certain herbicides and reduces the toxicity of ifosfamide and doxorubicin used in cancer treatment, and alcohol toxicity. NAC is used among other chelating agents to eliminate heavy toxic metals, such as mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic from the body.

NAC or cysteine participates in the sulfation cycle of the body, acting as a sulfur-donor in phase II of the detoxification system, and methyl donor in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine. NAC has also been show to protect against neuronal death induced by oxidative stress.

OTHER BENEFITS OF NAC

NAC helps improve lung functions by breaking the disulfide bonds in mucoprotein molecules. This results in thinning of mucus in the lungs making it easier to cough up and clear out. This is especially helpful in people with chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hay fever, cystic fibrosis, fibrosing alveolitis, head and neck cancer, and lung cancer.

It also protects against heart diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes, in patients with severe kidney diseases by reducing the levels of cholesterol, lipoprotein-a, homocysteine. Remember? NAC helps to convert homocysteine into methionine.

NAC is used as an antidote for acetaminophen intoxication by binding to the acetaminophen in the liver, and then excreting it.

SUPPLEMENTATION


N-acetylcysteine is more easily absorbed by the body than either glutathione or L-cysteine. Purified glutathione supplement is not very well absorbed by the body.

Studies show that dosage of up to 40mg/kg of NAC in children is safe.

NAC increases excretion of zinc and other essential minerals. When taking NAC over a long period of time, it is wise to supplement diet with zinc, copper and trace minerals.

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CoQ10 for ADHD




What is Co Q 10?
Coenzyme Q10 is a natural antioxidant synthesized by the body, found in many foods, and available as a supplement. It comes in two forms: ubiquinol, the active antioxidant form, and ubiquinone, the oxidized form, which the body partially converts to ubiquinol. It is also known as ubiquinone, ubidecarenone, coenzyme Q, and eventually it is abbreviated to CoQ10 , CoQ.

This fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance is present primarily in the mitochondria, the body’s power station. It is a component of the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration, generating energy in the form of ATP. Ninety-five percent of the human body’s energy is generated this way. It is found in every cell of the body. Those organs with the highest energy requirements—such as the heart, liver and kidney—have the highest CoQ10 concentrations.

How Does Co Q 10 Help?

Co Q 10 maybe beneficial for children with ADHD in that it helps with membrane stabilization and the facilitation of metabolic pathways.  Co Q 10’s main function is that of an energy carrier. It participates in the aerobic cellular respiration inside the mitochondria, generating energy in the form of ATP.

Co Q 10’s antioxidant property derives from its role as energy carrier. As an energy carrier, the CoQ10 molecule is continually going through an oxidation-reduction cycle, which gives Co Q 10 the ability to exchange two electrons between ubiquinol (reduced CoQ) and oxidized CoQ (ubiquinone). Its reduced form makes it an excellent candidate as an antioxidant by giving up one or two of its electrons to wandering free radicals, thus, neutralizing them.

Unlike other antioxidants, Co Q 10 protects the body against the resultant oxidative stress from both the lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation. It also regenerates other antioxidants such as vitamin E. It’s benefit in cardiovascular disease lies in its protection against oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol). And during oxidative stress, as in most children with ADHD and Autism, or adults with Alzheimer’s disease, Co Q 10 efficiently prevents the oxidation of bases on the DNA, in particular, mitochondrial DNA.

When shopping for Co Q 10, you’ll notice that most are advertised for heart health. Co Q 10 is mostly marketed for heart health in the United States because heart disease is the number killer in the US, followed by cancer. Go figure $$$$$$$$$

However, the antioxidant function of Co Q 10 does not only benefit heart disease. It can benefit any diseases or conditions that are the result of excessive free radicals, oxidative stress, daily physical, emotional and psychological stress.

Co Q 10 also plays a critical role in enhancing the immune system as well. It has been shown that patients with cardiovascular problems, cancer, and diabetes, taking 60mg of Co Q 10 a day for 3-12 weeks, raised their levels of immunoglobulin G (IgG), an antibody, levels significantly. IgG protects the body again infection by binding many kinds of pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Some research has suggested that this immune-enhancing function of CoQ10 maybe useful as a secondary treatment for cancer. In 1961, scientists saw that people with cancer had very low level of CoQ10 in their blood, especially patients with myeloma, lymphoma, and cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, pancreas, colon, kidney, and head and neck.

How Much Co Q 10 do We Need?

Our body has the ability to make Co Q 10. However, typical American diet provides only approximately 10 mg of CoQ10 daily. Not to mention, physical, mental and emotional stress, all forms of stress, illness and aging all contributes to the depletion of co Q 10 in the body, which increased body’s need of this substance even more than usual.

Therefore, supplementation is usually necessary to reach the amounts that Dr. Weil regards as optimal. Foods such as codfish, mackerel, salmon, sardines, egg yolks, wheat germ, whole grains, meats, and oils from soybean, sesame, and rapeseed (canola) are good dietary sources.

To get 30mg of Co Q 10, you needs to eat one pound of sardines, 2 pounds of beef, or two and a half pound of peanuts.

CoQ10 Food Sources

CoQ10 is fat-soluble, so taking the supplement with a meal containing fat will increase its absorption.

Co Q 10 supplements come in various forms. The gummies that generally more acceptable to children as it does not require any swallowing skill, it is familiar to most children as gummy candy, and it is generally quite tasty. Just remember not to leave the bottle around within reach of your child.

If your child is capable of swallowing pills, or prefer to swallow a pill, choose the soft-gel ubiquinol form, as this has greater antioxidant efficiency than the ubiquinone form.

Most supplements sold in the market are around 100-200mg per tablet, which is a pretty decent amount for most adult to start.

How much does a child need?

General rule of thumb for children over 2 years old is half of the adult dose. I suggest talking with your child’s pediatrician before starting him or her on CoQ10 supplementation. I understand that many doctors are still not quite supportive of any natural alternative treatment, but, talk to them anyway as a courtesy gesture and ask for their support.

How Much is Too Much?

There is not much evidence on the toxicity of CoQ10, but so far, evidence shows that supplemental doses of up to 1,200 mg a day may be beneficial for those with certain health conditions, especially Parkinson’s disease, with no known side-effects.

Some studies have found gastrointestinal discomfort was reported with high daily dosages of up to 3,600 mg.

These are really high doses that are usually seen in scientific research and signed consent form and human study agreement…blah, blah, blah. So don’t even try to get that much. Even half of these amounts are too much for most people.

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