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Vitamin C, Potassium Recommendations?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 25, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Can anyone recommend a quality Vitamin C supplement. Ideally, one that is allergen free.

I'm thinking I might add these to my diet. I rarely eat fruit. I do eat liver or heart about once a week. Are there any other natural sources to get these without the sugar?

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on January 26, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I actually use the cheapo trader joe's stuff. It's probably made in China, but it doesn't have any other *listed* ingredients.

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on January 26, 2011
at 11:10 AM

Would vitamin C's role in insulin resistance be related to the fact that it (like glucose) enters the cells via the body's insulin receptors? Why the upper limit of 500mg?

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on January 26, 2011
at 11:08 AM

Would vitamin C's role in insulin reistance be related to the fact that it (like glucose) enters the cells via the body's insulin receptors? Why the upper limit of 500mg?

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on January 26, 2011
at 09:02 AM

Eat a grapefruit, or eat raw meat.

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:39 AM

I often cook with Lemon / Lime, or put a dash of Lemon in my bourbon. Not sure if that would suffice. Do you know the mechanism for C increasing insulin resistance?

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Awesome! Thanks for the great info. I had never heard of the Vitamin C / Glucose competition.

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:36 AM

What brand do you use?

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on January 26, 2011
at 12:32 AM

Be aware that Vitamin C increases insulin resistance. I wouldn't take doses larger than 500mg. Or just get it from food, like lemons/limes.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:44 PM

Thanks Tom... I get a good amount of Kale, the others, not so much. Love brussels, though.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Thanks, wjones. I'll give those a look.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:42 PM

Heard of rose hips. I love tamarind but avoided due to the carbs. Any idea of where to get, or how to use?

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on January 26, 2011
at 12:36 AM

If like most Paleos you're low to moderate carb, a vitamin C supplement shouldn't be necessary. Vitamin C competes with glucose for entry into the cells, so a low sugar diet drastically reduces the body's need for it. For example, 17th century British sailors, with their pure starch diet of ship's biscuits, notoriously suffered from scurvy, but the largely carnivorous Inuit were completely free of the disease.

It can be difficult to get sufficient potassium on a low carb Paleo diet, as many good sources are contraindicted e.g. potatoes are too starchy whilst almonds have too much O6. Additonally the diuretic effect of a low carb diet causes your body to lose potassium. Easy ways to get low carb, Paleo compliant potassium into your diet include: spinach, pickles (check that they're sugar-free, I like the Mrs Haimsha brand if you can get it), potassium enriched salt and coconut water (which is also a good source of magnesium).

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Awesome! Thanks for the great info. I had never heard of the Vitamin C / Glucose competition.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I use Twinlabs Allergy C.

A more expensive, "raw foods" option is Vitamin Code's Vitamin C.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Thanks, wjones. I'll give those a look.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:26 PM

How about brussels sprouts, peppers, kale or broccoli?

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:44 PM

Thanks Tom... I get a good amount of Kale, the others, not so much. Love brussels, though.

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on January 26, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Use Now brand Ascorbic Acid...no fillers or anything, just pure vitamin c.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:48 PM

For what it's worth, I've read that on average, most hunter gathers get the equivalent of about a half a gram a day. Not saying that's optimal, but it should probably be a minimum daily intake. Personally, I just take a gram a day that I dissolve in water + whatever I get from potatoes, spinach etc. There aren't any fillers when you use the pure stuff, but it is pretty sour until you get used to it.

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on January 26, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I actually use the cheapo trader joe's stuff. It's probably made in China, but it doesn't have any other *listed* ingredients.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 26, 2011
at 03:36 AM

What brand do you use?

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:23 PM

How about rose hips for vitamin C? They taste a lot like tamarind, but aren't sugary.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:42 PM

Heard of rose hips. I love tamarind but avoided due to the carbs. Any idea of where to get, or how to use?

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