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  • While some mammals can make vitamin C internally, the gene that codes for that conversion in humans does not work. Thus, we have to get it from our diet
  • Vitamin C works as an antioxidant, antihistamine and enzyme cofactor for collagen, neurotransmitters, hormones and carnitine
  • Diabetes and heart disease are two conditions associated with low vitamin C levels, and that respond favorably to vitamin C supplementation
  • Vitamin C is also crucial during pregnancy, as cells cannot divide without vitamin C. It’s so important the fetus will deplete the mother unless she has high-enough levels to cover both of them. Low vitamin C status can also influence the baby’s risk of jaundice and brain inflammation
  • Acute conditions for which high-dose vitamin C supplementation is indicated include infections and inflammation, sepsis and critical care, trauma, surgery and burns, endotoxin processing, vascular integrity, allergies, whooping cough and vaccine reactions

Important points about this video: Dr. Suzanne Humphries recorded this lecture over five years ago, and I believe there has been a consensus shift in our understanding of antioxidant benefits since then. At the time this lecture was recorded, it wasn't widely appreciated that a certain level of free radicals is necessary to achieve optimal health.

Free radicals, like nitric oxide and hydrogen peroxide, are important biological signaling molecules, and if you indiscriminately suppress them with high doses of antioxidants, you run the risk of unintentionally sabotaging your health. That is why I am not a fan of taking daily vitamin C doses, seeking instead to obtain it from whole food sources, as Humphries mentions as one option.

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