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Vitamin C is a powerful friend to many other vitamins. Taken in sufficient doses, for example, it decreases symptoms of a deficiency of folic acid by stimulating formation of the citrovorum factor or folinic acid. In addition, it protects thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E against the oxidation process. And vitamin B-12 can be replaced or potentiated by ascorbic acid in lactic acid bacterial.

One of the best vitamin teams is vitamin C and pantothenic acid. Vitamin C has been known to stimulate the growth of intestinal flora that produce the body's needed amounts of the vitamin B complex, including pantothenic acid. Together the vitamins also help in healing ulcerous tissue, particularly in the stomach and duodenal area: without enough pantothenic acid ulcers can develop; and without enough vitamin C ulcers cannot heal.

Moreover, vitamin C can partially compensate for a deficiency of pantothenic acid, especially in preventing adrenal exhaustion. Pantothenic acid is responsible for hormonal output to keep the body stable during duress. Although the hormones can be supplied without vitamin C, if not enough vitamin C is available, the glands may hemorrhage and the out put of hormones will decrease substantially, leaving the body inwardly ravaged by the stress. Ascorbic acid accelerates the production of cortisone and helps improve use of cortisone within the body. When pantothenic acid is deficient, enough vitamin C can delay damage to the adrenal glands.

Vitamin C is also necessary for vitamin E to function at full effectiveness as an antiaging agent. In the aging process free radicals (peroxidation of essential fatty acids) go about the body destroying tissue and changing the shape of cell organization: as a result, sagging skin occurs. When the diet contains jtoo many fats that overbalance the vitamin E in the body, damage is done. Furthermore, when collagen fiber gets old, it chokes off tissue and becomes anoxic (lacking in oxygen), thereby causing wrinkles. Vitamin C is very important to healthy collagen and, if taken in sufficient amounts, will help hold off the aging process considerably.

In addition, iron will not be broken down and used properly unless sufficient vitamin C is available. Women suffering from a shortage of iron from menstrual problems are often placed on supplements of iron by their attending physicians. Without enough vitamin C to help assimilate the iron, the women can become constipated when the iron is excreted through the intestinal tract unused. And with vitamin C lacking to utilize iron anemia may result.

Vitamin C is also a useful antidote against poisons (such as mercury, cadmium and lead) found in our environment from automobile emissions, factory discharges and other pollution, including cigarette and cigar smoking. High levels of ascorbic acid can effectively throw these inorganic substances out of the body so that they do not become sedimentary and cause a wide array of symptoms and/or diseases. Other poisons of an organic variety, such as insect bites, stings and snakebites, are lessened or controlled by injections of massive doses of vitamin C.

All in all, vitamin C can be a powerful killing agent. It is a strong antibiotic. Tests with hydrogen peroxide and ferrous sulfate have proven that vitamin C is equal in power with other germ fighters and if faster. Moreover, vitamin C fights nitrites used as preservatives and flavoring in such food as hot dogs, bacon, luncheon meats and many other products). Laboratory tests have shown that nitrites combine in the stomach with secondary amines to create a compound known as nitrosamines, a known, powerful cancer-causing chemical: enough vitamin C in the system can effectively block the transformation of nitrite into that deadly new compound.

Vitamin C can also fight the effects of drugs. For instance, corticosteroid (a drug prescribed for a number of ailments, including acne, eczema, allergies, rheumatic fever, bronchial asthma, gastrointestinal diseases and myasthenia gravis) has a wide range of toxic side effects that can induce hypertension, hyperglycemia, heart problems, skin ailments, slow healing of wounds, glaucoma and menstrual problems: by taking vitamin C with the drug, though, a person has a better chance of avoiding these complications. Another drug, alcohol, consumed in immoderate amounts, can tax the liver, impeding that organ's ability to make enough of the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase to get rid of the liquor effectively: with enough vitamin C the enzyme is able to function more rapidly.

Women who are pregnant seemingly benefit from added vitamin C in their diets. Dr. Klenner has observed that in more than 300 obstetric cases women given between 4,000 and 15,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily suffered fewer leg cramps and had more stabilized hemoglobin levels than those women who did not take supplements. Furthermore, labor was shorter and less painful, and there were fewer postpartum hemorrhaging cases.

Vitamin C can also help alleviate the phlebitis that may occur after childbirth or surgery. Phlebitis (a disease of thrombi, or blood clots) begins as an inflammation in a vein, usually a vein in the legs. This inflammation may destroy the smaller capillaries or a larger vein, or it may migrate and lodge in the lungs or heart, causing heart failure or obstructing the vein completely. Vitamin C is believed to be able to maintain the wall strength of the veins and arteries, keeping them elastic and repairing weak spots where fibrinogen (a blood protein) might snag and begin building up into a clot. Dr. Constance Leslie of England has run a series of tests administering approximately 250 milligrams of vitamin C daily to thrombi patients with very successful results.

Stress situations (especially hospitilizations requiring X-rays, radiation treatment, drugs, surgery, IVs, injections or immobilization) can take enormous tolls on the body's reserves of vitamin C. And stress without daily administration of ample doses of the vitamin can produce slow healing time with the adrenals becoming tired and perhaps exhausted, thereby inducing many new and unnecessary complications.

Among the people under enormous, continual stress are schizophrenics, who have huge needs for vitamin C. Ascorbic acid converts the substance adrenochrome to leucoadrenochrome, a nontoxic substance. In schizophrenia adrenochrome is converted to the toxic substance adrenolutin. Dr. Allan Cott, psychiatrist, points out that vitamin C given in megadose portions of from 10,000 to 30,000

milligrams retards the oxidation of adrenaline and reduces the amount of adrenochrome within the body. It's also felt that vitamin C may be the missing link in the chain that provides brain cells enough adrenaline to function properly. In some tests too little vitamin C has caused biochemical changes in the brain, such as mental listlessness, confusion and depression.

Vitamin C is also helpful in the treatment of diseases caused by fatty deposits. Coronary atherosclerosis (a disease characterized by fatty deposits in the arteries leading directly to the heart) has been successfully controlled when the body compound chondroitin-4-sulfate (CSA) is plentiful enough to keep the lining of the arteries protected from build-up of fat deposits; when CSA is missing or deficient, plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries, causing atherosclerosis: vitamin C stimulates production of CSA. And recent research in Czechoslovakia shows that vitamin C can help prevent the formation of gallstones, usually 60 to 100 per cent cholesterol. Gallstones indicate that the gallbladder is not supplying enough bile, made in the liver, to break down cholesterol properly, and vitamin C aids in the production of bile acid.

Finally, people taking medication for arthritis deplete their supplies of vitamin C. Arthritics often take aspirin to alleviate some of the minor symptoms of the disease, little realizing that aspirin immediately blocks vitamin C from being absorbed into the blood cells. In addition, a group of researchers has found that prednisone (a steroid drug used by arthritics) can damage the the bones of children unless vitamin C is administered in large doses.

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