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Vitamin C - Which is best tolerated?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 22, 2011 at 1:43 AM

I'd like to supplement with some Vitamin C due to crazy amounts of stress. I'm working on the stress bit, but it's not going to go away immediately, so I'd like to help myself along a little. Anywho, as I'm still working on healing my digestive system, which supplement do you think would be the best tolerated?

ETA: I should have mentioned that the ascorbic acid pills I took seem to irritate my stomach lining, even at small doses. That is what I'm trying to avoid.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 23, 2011
at 12:47 PM

No problem. You might want to use fish oil too or eat fish 2 times a week. I find it helped my depression quite a lot. Remember, There is no such thing as a stressor - stress is a function of beliefs, not circumstances.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 23, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Couldn't agree more. I've been supplementing with probiotics. Lots of bone broths for the glucosamine and other minerals. MSM for inflammation (when I remember). And as of this morning, Mastic Gum and Zinc for possible ulcer. I figured why not. I'm going to try the C with bicarb and I'll look into K2 as well. The stress comes from my job, but I'm sure my digestion really isn't helping - though it's far better than it was :) Thanks! This has been a big help!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 23, 2011
at 06:54 AM

Also, antibiotics did kill your beneficial microbiota, hence more need to supplement them, and you may want to also booost Vitamin K2 intake.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 23, 2011
at 06:53 AM

COX-1 inhibiting, as that of ibuprofen or aspirin is shown to induce stomach bleeding (that is the reason for new category of coxibs) if not taken with Vitamin C which totally prevents it. Since your stomach has damage I suggest you try to fix that first! Stress or irritability may all come from damaged digestion. You should supplement pre/pro biotics, use fermented milk products like Kefir, and yes, Vitamin C in any form that doesn't make you sick. I strongly suggest you lipospheric form if nothing else works for you.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 22, 2011
at 08:51 PM

Mostly a bunch of different antibiotics, but for NSAIDS, they did have me taking 600mg ibuprofen 3x/day for a while.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 12:53 PM

What medications ? Any NSAID ?

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 22, 2011
at 12:35 PM

Interesting, I'll have to give that a shot. I tested negative for h.pylori, but they did have me on a lot of medications for a while, so if I did have an ulcer, it really wouldn't surprise me. The meds did far more damage than help, that's for sure :) I have some mastic gum and zinc in the house too, so I might give that a whirl and see if it helps my stomach any. Thanks!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 11:53 AM

There are marginal amounts of C in lemon (~50mg). 2g of sugar per lemon will also effectively block C absorption.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Anyway, there are marginal amounts of vitamin C in lemon. You can get more from paprika for instance.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Actually, limunade is alcaly, not acidic. You don't look at the substance outside of the body but when it combines with dygestive enzymes. It is well known in acid/base balance circles (i.e. morning limunade to alkalize your body....)

8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:44 AM

I'm waiting for my order of Ester-C to arrive. I haven't supplemented with vitamin C for a while, but I figured the cold weather and 4-5 workouts a week, I might benefit from supplementing. Ester is supposed to be easier on the stomach than regular VitC supplement pills. i wanted to get camu camu, but it's way expensive.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 09:22 AM

Ofc, if you want lower amounts, adjust the dose, SB half that of C.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 22, 2011
at 04:17 AM

I've never been diagnosed with an ulcer, but it's definitely my stomach lining, not my intestines. It feels like it's too acidic in my stomach and leaves my stomach lining feel sore. Interestingly, other acidic items don't cause me a problem. It's just the vitamin c.

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on September 22, 2011
at 04:06 AM

irritate the stomach lining meaning you get ulcers or you poop out mucus or is it that it gives you the runs and give you an upset stomach?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 22, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Aah, I see. I'm def. not an expert on C. Maybe one of these? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_ascorbates

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 22, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Thanks, I have read that actually. And I've tried the ascorbic acid version of vitamin c, but even at very small doses, it has hurt. Was thinking there might be a different version that would be better tolerated, but I don't see that mentioned in the link.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 07:56 AM

Buy sodium bicarbonate (SB).

Use tea spoon C (4g) with 1/2 tsp SB in water, and wait until reaction finishes. After it does, taste will be slightly acidic if you didn't put enough SB, slightly salty if you put it too much and neutral similar to mild carbonated water if you did it right (you created sodium ascorbate, ascorbate acid salt, with pH ~ 7, ascorbic acid has pH ~ 5 which is higher then Coca Cola).

This means you can tweak the level of acidity you want.

If this doesn't help, use after the protein rich, carbohydrate low meal.

Its almost certain that you have some digestive problem if you can't tolerate C, like h.Pylory infection. My colegue had it and couldn't tolerate 500mg C without pewking. Now she drinks 5-10g of pure acid without problem.

Alternative way is to use carbonated water and add amount of ascorbic acid you can tolerate.

Remember, smaller & more frequent doses are more beneficial then larger one time doses.

You could also try with Mg-Citrate powder.

And if you still have problems, you will have to buy lipospheric C which is expensive.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 09:22 AM

Ofc, if you want lower amounts, adjust the dose, SB half that of C.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 22, 2011
at 12:35 PM

Interesting, I'll have to give that a shot. I tested negative for h.pylori, but they did have me on a lot of medications for a while, so if I did have an ulcer, it really wouldn't surprise me. The meds did far more damage than help, that's for sure :) I have some mastic gum and zinc in the house too, so I might give that a whirl and see if it helps my stomach any. Thanks!

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 22, 2011
at 08:51 PM

Mostly a bunch of different antibiotics, but for NSAIDS, they did have me taking 600mg ibuprofen 3x/day for a while.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 23, 2011
at 06:54 AM

Also, antibiotics did kill your beneficial microbiota, hence more need to supplement them, and you may want to also booost Vitamin K2 intake.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 23, 2011
at 12:47 PM

No problem. You might want to use fish oil too or eat fish 2 times a week. I find it helped my depression quite a lot. Remember, There is no such thing as a stressor - stress is a function of beliefs, not circumstances.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 12:53 PM

What medications ? Any NSAID ?

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 23, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Couldn't agree more. I've been supplementing with probiotics. Lots of bone broths for the glucosamine and other minerals. MSM for inflammation (when I remember). And as of this morning, Mastic Gum and Zinc for possible ulcer. I figured why not. I'm going to try the C with bicarb and I'll look into K2 as well. The stress comes from my job, but I'm sure my digestion really isn't helping - though it's far better than it was :) Thanks! This has been a big help!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 23, 2011
at 06:53 AM

COX-1 inhibiting, as that of ibuprofen or aspirin is shown to induce stomach bleeding (that is the reason for new category of coxibs) if not taken with Vitamin C which totally prevents it. Since your stomach has damage I suggest you try to fix that first! Stress or irritability may all come from damaged digestion. You should supplement pre/pro biotics, use fermented milk products like Kefir, and yes, Vitamin C in any form that doesn't make you sick. I strongly suggest you lipospheric form if nothing else works for you.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 22, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Aah, I see. I'm def. not an expert on C. Maybe one of these? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_ascorbates

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 22, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Thanks, I have read that actually. And I've tried the ascorbic acid version of vitamin c, but even at very small doses, it has hurt. Was thinking there might be a different version that would be better tolerated, but I don't see that mentioned in the link.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 22, 2011
at 11:40 AM

Can you try squeezing lemon or lime juice into every glass of water you drink throughout the day? The water would dilute it enough that it shouldn't bother your stomach, you'll be getting a natural source of VitC, as well as trace minerals from the citrus. If busting out the knife and making a mess several times a day is impractical, you could always squeeze a bunch of them into a bottle at once, then take it with you and simply pour some in your glass/bottle of water or tea.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Anyway, there are marginal amounts of vitamin C in lemon. You can get more from paprika for instance.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Actually, limunade is alcaly, not acidic. You don't look at the substance outside of the body but when it combines with dygestive enzymes. It is well known in acid/base balance circles (i.e. morning limunade to alkalize your body....)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 11:53 AM

There are marginal amounts of C in lemon (~50mg). 2g of sugar per lemon will also effectively block C absorption.

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