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Vitamin C excess and deficiency

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Created May 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

A question: what is the optimal dose of Vitamin C per day? Currently I am taking 2x500mg. tablets but would prefer to jettison the pills and replace them with adequate amounts of natural substances(no fruit or starchy carb sources ideally). ANy ideas as to what qualifies as 'the optimal' dose for the average person?

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on May 18, 2011
at 12:31 AM

I got a rash in my mouth from taking a daily dosage of 1000mg.

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on May 17, 2011
at 10:12 PM

Been there but seek out the radical paleohacks as a more reliable source.

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on May 17, 2011
at 07:38 PM

This is a good question. I've heard everything from 100mg to 18,000mg. I don't think anyone really knows or has studies that adequately address the topic.

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on May 17, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Green ones are just unripe. 200mg of vitamin C for only 3 grams of fructose is a great trade-off. The reason why we avoid fructose is the fact that it causes hyperuricemia. Well, vitamin c intake increases urate excretion so in this case there is a clear net benefit. 3g of fructose is likely just going to be used to replete liver glycogen anyway.

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on May 17, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I used to but was turned away by the fructose content. Perhaps I am paranoid? Green bell peppers?

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on May 17, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Better than limes. I don't live in Britain. Any natural sources that don't require proceedures of cooking etc.?

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I can't answer the dosage question but a good source of vitamin C is fermented sauerkraut (not vinegar-made). It's my understanding that sea travelers would bring barrels of sauerkraut and eat it daily to prevent scurvy.

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on May 17, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Better than limes. I don't live in Britain. Any natural sources that don't require proceedures of cooking etc.?

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on May 17, 2011
at 05:20 PM

Red bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C with very little fructose. They should be eaten raw like an apple. I rather like the taste, to be honest.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2896/2

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 17, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I used to but was turned away by the fructose content. Perhaps I am paranoid? Green bell peppers?

Medium avatar

(39821)

on May 17, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Green ones are just unripe. 200mg of vitamin C for only 3 grams of fructose is a great trade-off. The reason why we avoid fructose is the fact that it causes hyperuricemia. Well, vitamin c intake increases urate excretion so in this case there is a clear net benefit. 3g of fructose is likely just going to be used to replete liver glycogen anyway.

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on May 17, 2011
at 06:54 PM

For these types of questions I really like the "World's Healthiest Food's website". They have tons of information for many vitamins and minerals including food sources. Here is their entry on vitamin C.

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on May 17, 2011
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Been there but seek out the radical paleohacks as a more reliable source.

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