Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is vital to maintain optimal health. It’s also an essential nutrient, meaning that your biological system can’t produce it, so you need to supplement your body to reap its therapeutic properties.
Here we’ll discuss the science of vitamin C, some of its benefits, and research regarding high IV doses as a helpful immune-system boost against viruses.
The Science of Vitamin C
Your body needs vitamin C to function well. Despite our developed society, approximately one-third of Americans are deficient in vitamin C. When your body lacks it, you may experience symptoms including fatigue, slow wound healing, bleeding gums, skin issues, weight gain — particularly belly weight, lowered immunity, and scurvy.
Vitamin C can be obtained by supplements or food from your diet such as fruits and vegetables, and it can also be given by IV infusion. Your blood levels of vitamin C will be much higher from IV infusion since 100 percent of the vitamin is bioavailable by IV. In contrast, when you take vitamin C by mouth, only about 18 percent is absorbed by your body.
When you supplement with vitamin C by mouth, it needs to be replenished daily since it is a water-soluble vitamin. Your body usually excretes any unused vitamin C it doesn’t need. When IV infusion doses and times are calibrated to match your level of disease and wellness, your body can store vitamin C.
Let’s look at how vitamin C is beneficial for improving your energy levels, collagen production, antioxidant properties, boosting immunity, and fighting infections and viruses.
Improves Energy Levels
One of the first signs of low vitamin C levels is low energy levels. One reason is that vitamin C promotes your body’s ability to absorb iron, and you need iron to be adequately absorbed because it helps your blood hemoglobin function properly. According to one study, your body can absorb 67% more iron by consuming 100 mg of vitamin C, which is equal to one cup of cooked broccoli.
Hemoglobin is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body to your vital organs and tissues. It also takes carbon dioxide (a waste product in the form of gas) away from your body to your lungs so you can exhale it. When it’s functioning optimally, you will have more energy.
Vitamin C is also necessary for your body to produce a molecule, carnitine, which transports fatty acids and helps your body burn fat for energy when you exercise. Because of this, if your vitamin C level is low, your carnitine levels will also be lower and contribute to reduced energy levels.
Your adrenal gland contains the highest level of vitamin C in your body. When you’re under stress, it gets depleted, so it’s particularly important to replace it during stressful seasons of life.
People report tremendous improvement in their energy levels after receiving high dose vitamin C by IV infusion.
Vitamin C is necessary for your body to create collagen. Collagen is a protein that maintains healthy skin, cartilage, bones, muscles, and joints. Your body needs vitamin C to make the collagen that provides support for blood vessels and helps wounds heal.
When your body is lacking collagen, your skin will lose its elasticity, become thinner, wrinkled, and wounds will heal more slowly. Blood vessels can weaken, leading to aneurysms or stroke. You can lose flexibility and develop joint pain and osteoarthritis or develop more sports-related injuries.
High dose vitamin C infusions can increase collagen production and prevent these adverse outcomes of low collagen levels.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and aids in protecting cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules with an uneven number of electrons. Your body produces them when it metabolizes food or when exposed to toxins in the environment. The way vitamin C works as an antioxidant is that it donates its electrons to the unstable free radical molecules and prevents oxidative stress on your body.
Oxidative stress is when your body has become weakened by the damage of free radicals. It’s linked to inflammation and chronic diseases such as heart disease. Vitamin C supplements appear to lower the risk of heart disease and risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol levels, and triglycerides.
Boosting Immunity and Fighting Infections
Many of us take vitamin C because we see a positive impact on our immune systems. It’s not merely anecdotal; there is science to back it up. Vitamin C boosts the production and function of lymphocytes and phagocytes — two types of white blood cells, which help your body fight infection. This essential vitamin also protects these white blood cells from free radicals and other damaging molecules.
In addition to increasing immunity, studies reveal that high doses of IV vitamin C are also effective in fighting infections such as sepsis (blood infection) and pneumonia.
A study published in 2019 reports that patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) who received high dose IV vitamin C had a “significant reduction” in deaths and fewer days in the intensive care unit.
Impact of High Dose Vitamin C Viruses
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, and research reveals that antioxidants, like those found in vitamin C, can lessen the symptoms of viruses. At The LaCava Center, we emphasize the importance of antioxidants! Schedule your vitamin C infusion appointment, contact us online, or give us a call today at 847-695-6262.