Back in May, I showed you how intravenous vitamin C could be an overlooked lifesaver for many people. It's a powerful cancer fighter, it can help reverse heart disease, and it can help fight just about any pathogen — even antibiotic-resistant superbugs. But new research is suggesting there's another type of vitamin C that can be just as effective as intravenous vitamin C.
If true, this would be astounding research. Intravenous vitamin C allows doctors to administer extremely high doses of the vitamin without any of the typical digestive issues. High doses of oral vitamin C often cause distress in the digestive tract. So there's only so much you can take orally. This prevents doctors from using oral vitamin C in many cases. They simply can't give enough to fight the illness without causing problems.
So finding a way to increase the effectiveness of oral vitamin C could be a huge discovery. It also would help bring the cost down. IV vitamin C can cost up to $200 per treatment. If you need daily doses, this can be extremely expensive. But is it possible to take a vitamin C product orally and have similar results as IV vitamin C?
According to vitamin C expert Thomas Levy, MD, JD, the answer is yes. Dr. Levy has found that taking 6 grams of liposomal vitamin C is equivalent to 50 grams of IV vitamin C. Liposomes are double-layer, liquid-filled bubbles made from phospholipids. These fat bubbles can be filled with nutrients and delivered more effectively than normal pills. The structure of the phospholipids is nearly identical to cell membranes in the human body. This allows the nutrients encapsulated in the phospholipids to pass directly into your cells without the normal digestive process.
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Dr. Levy's research has revealed that the liposomal vitamin C delivers more vitamin C to the tissues than IV vitamin C does. While the IV delivers 100% of the nutrient to the bloodstream, only 20% of it moves into the tissues. However, 90% of the liposomal vitamin C moves into the tissues. That's why 6 grams of liposomal vitamin C is as effective for some conditions as 50 grams of the IV form.
What's more, you can take this dose for about $5 per day. If you have a major health issue and can't afford or can't find IV vitamin C, this might be a viable alternative. Obviously, most people don't need to take this much for a maintenance dose. The normal daily dose (1 gram) will cost you about $1 per day. However, most people can take this much in a regular sodium ascorbate form. This is an economical, well-tolerated form of vitamin C. It costs pennies per day and is available from most health food stores and online.
I do recommend having some liposomal vitamin C on hand if you need to take more to fight off cold or flu symptoms, shingles, and other common illnesses you might encounter. When these acute infections occur, you can take several grams of the liposome-encapsulated form of vitamin C each hour through the day until the symptoms disappear. You can take this in addition to the sodium ascorbate, giving you a double dose to fight the infection. The brand of liposomal vitamin C I recommend is Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C, which you can buy at www.livonlabs.com.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
CBS News, 5-17-12.