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Vitamin C Flush Protocol
Signs & Symptoms of Vitamin C Deficiency:
Dry and splitting hair
Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis)
Rough, dry, scaly skin (hyperkeratosis)
Easy bruising and slow healing
Weakened enamel of the teeth
Swollen and painful joints
Increased susceptibility to infection
Weight gain (due to metabolic slowing)
Vitamin C has been shown to be beneficial in the following conditions:
Cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis
Recovery from surgery
Certain immuno suppressed states, supports immune system function and
killing function of certain white blood cells called phagocytes
May help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure
Prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration in combination with other
Dementias and depression
Gum disease (gingivitis)
Slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease
Allergy related conditions
Reducing the adverse effects of sun exposure
Alleviating dry mouth, especially related to medications that cause dry mouth
Healing of burns and wounds
Drugs/Medications that deplete or interfere with Vitamin C:
Aspirin and other NSAIDS
Birth control pills (oral contraceptives and hormone replacement)
Corticosteroids and glucocorticoids
Furosemide (Lasix), and other diuretics such as caffeine
Heparin and coumadin (blood thinners)
Laboratory testing to detect Vitamin C deficiency:
Lymphocyte functional tests and plasma tests commonly used for Vitamin C status, but the reliability is in question. No definitive test exists that consistently and reliably detects vitamin C deficiency.
High: Acercola cherries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, collards, guava, rose hips, black currant
Moderate: Cabbage, spinach, citrus fruits, strawberries, cauliflower, chives, green peppers (jalapenos), red peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, kiwi, mango, cranberries, potatoes, winter squash, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple
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