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Hack my symptoms: diarrhea after 1.2gr of ascorbic acid

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I took 1.2gr of ascorbic acid yesterday, that equals to 12 serving of candy like ascorbic acid chewable pills. I didn't build up the dose, just started with that much as I have done that every winter my whole life and could consume the whole bottle in a day (have weakness for sour things) Today I had excruciating diarrhoea and nothing else could cause it as I was strictly paleo for a few days prior to it. I always eat the same things, nothing new was introduced. Is that some kind of symptom? Is my digestive tract out of shape? Is this sign of same kind of damage? Should I look into other forms of Vitamin C?

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on November 14, 2012
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I do take a multivitamin and eat grapefruits and lemon and other vitamin c containing foods. My diet regarding vitamin c is the same as other years, I was quite paleo my whole life, didn't like bread or pasta, but loved meat and organ meats. Only thing that has changed is I'm taking a high quality whole food multivitamin.

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on November 13, 2012
at 11:32 PM

I'd say you reached your vitamin c threshold, maybe you take this amount every winter, but maybe this winter you're already getting large doses of c through good food, so your actual amount of c was higher than you realized? I vitamin c load at the start of winter until I reach my threshold deliberately.

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on November 14, 2012
at 12:12 AM

I do take a multivitamin and eat grapefruits and lemon and other vitamin c containing foods. My diet regarding vitamin c is the same as other years, I was quite paleo my whole life, didn't like bread or pasta, but loved meat and organ meats. Only thing that has changed is I'm taking a high quality whole food multivitamin.

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Was definitely a fluke, thanks to everyone who answered. I take 2gr or more daily now without any issues.

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on November 14, 2012
at 10:27 AM

I read somewhere that vitamin c requirements might be much less for those on a paleo diet than on a SAD one, due to the inflammation caused by eating grains.

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on November 14, 2012
at 04:21 AM

I'd guess it was a fluke. I've seen reports of folks taking 10 times than dose before side effects kick in. I myself dosed myself at 10+ grams a day for a few days last winter during a cold, no problems.

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