vitamin C

  1. Vitamin C protects your bones

    Protect bone and prevent breaks with this hero vitamin

    This could be the simplest tip yet for boosting bone... gaining strength... and cutting the risk of a painful and potentially debilitating break or fracture.

    All you have to do is boost your intake of something you know you need -- especially this time of year.

    Vitamin C is a proven immune-booster that can help fight off the nastiest of the coming winter infections and help you recover quick if you do get sick.

    But a new report finds that this powerful antioxidant has another trick up its sleeve.

    And this one could be even more important, especially if you're a little older and concerned about your bone health (and, let's face it, who isn't?).

    If you boost your intake, your risk of a bone break drops. In fact, every 50 mg of vitamin C you get each day will cut the risk of a fracture by 5 percent.

    And it does it by stimulating special cells called osteoblasts that your body uses to form bone.

    The new report in the journal Osteoporosis International backs up what some other studies have found, but there is a catch... and it's a big one.

    You're probably not getting anything close to what you need for your bones.

    One study published in 2009 found that the current recommended levels -- 75 mg per day for women and 90 mg for men -- are too low for bone protection.

    In that study, the REAL benefits went to folks who got three or four times those levels: An average of 313 mg per day cut the risk of a hip fracture by 44 percent compared to "normal" levels of 94 mg per day.

    Getting four times the recommended intake might sound a little high, but it's really right in line with what other studies have found to be optimal for overall daily support and immune system protection.

    Of course, there is a downside to this, and it's one that many people don't even think twice about.

    When folks want more vitamin C, they turn to orange juice.

    And sure, it's a pretty good source of the stuff... but it also has about as much sugar as soda.

    Pass on the OJ and get your C from a variety of sources every day. A cup of broccoli, kale, or papaya will deliver between 80 and 90 mg of C, while a cup of chopped red peppers will deliver nearly 200 mg. As well, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, and kiwifruit are all terrific sources of C.

    Of course, there should also be some in your multivitamin.

    If you add it all up and find you're still falling short, consider a supplement. Just don't take too much at once, because that can upset your stomach.

    If you and your doctor decide you need higher levels of C, take smaller doses throughout the day.

  2. Vitamin C kills cancer stem cells

    Kill cancer stem cells and end chemo resistance!

    It's another BIG win for natural medicine against one of today's leading killers.

    And it's found in one of the most basic nutrients of all!

    New research backs plain old vitamin C against cancer, and what makes this study so stunning is that it doesn't just show how this nutrient can kill off cancer cells.

    We already know it can do that.

    This one goes much further, revealing how ordinary vitamin C may be one of the best weapons yet against the very thing that makes cancer so tough to treat and even harder to beat.

    It attacks the cancer's stem cells!

    As any cancer survivor would tell you, the disease has a habit of storming back... just when you think you have it beat.

    That's often the work of those stem cells, which can make each battle with cancer tougher than the last and may even be a prime cause of "chemo resistance."

    But the new lab-dish study finds vitamin C can go right to the heart of the cancer where it can target, attack, and KILL those critical stem cells.

    Vitamin C was tested against six other treatments that have shown promise in targeting stem cells, including powerful and experimental cancer drugs.

    As it turned out, vitamin C was one of the most effective of them all --- TEN TIMES more powerful than one of the experimental drugs!

    Of course, this was a test in a lab and not on humans.

    Clearly, we need to see more research before we can say for certain whether vitamin C can kill cancer stem cells inside the body as well as it does in a lab.

    But we DON'T need more research to know vitamin C can attack this disease in a number of ways.

    When blood levels of vitamin C are high enough, it converts to hydrogen peroxide, which can wipe out many types of cancer cells while leaving your healthy tissue untouched.

    Those same high levels of C can protect against the side effects of toxic mainstream cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.

    The only challenge is relatively minor: You simply can't get the levels needed to fight cancer from oral supplements.

    You need to inject it directly into the blood intravenously.

    It's safe, effective, inexpensive and backed by so many human studies that even the mainstream is starting to catch on.

    It might not be long before it's a routine part of mainstream cancer therapies.

    But for now, the best place to get it is from a skilled holistic medical doctor experienced in natural cancer care.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I offer IVC here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. Vitamin C kills off cancer cells

    Intravenous vitamin C can boost the cancer-fighting effects of chemotherapy, killing off tumor cells without damaging healthy cells, new research confirms.
  4. Boost vitamin C and control LDL cholesterol

    Increasing your vitamin C intake can cut your risk of death from hemorrhagic stroke by nearly half, new research finds.
  5. Balanced diet and balanced sleep

    The best way to sleep well is to eat well. And the best way to eat to get the sleep you need is to make sure you get a variety of healthy foods.
  6. Cherries and gout

    More cases of gout are being reported than ever before -- but there's one delicious fruit that can slash your own risk.
  7. Probiotics can help beat the cold

    A probiotic blend can help reduce the severity of the common cold and shorten the duration, according to the latest research.
  8. Why you need more vitamin C

    The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is set way too low, and researchers are now leading a push to have it increased. Find out how more C can help you.
  9. The right way to beat gout

    I don't know what's worse: Gout, or the drugs prescribed to treat this painful condition.
  10. The key vitamins that will protect your brain

    Some brains, however, shrink faster than others -- and since this rapid loss of gray matter is often a warning sign of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, you want to limit your own shrinkage as much as possible. And the best way to do that is with the vitamins you should be getting anyway.
  11. The flu shot hoax revealed

    Flu shots don't work... but your friends in the media want you to get one anyway. A new study finds the scantest of all possible benefits from the most heavily hyped vaccine of all time -- benefits so small you have to wonder if they even exist at all.
  12. Risky vitamins? Don't believe it!

    Common, safe nutrients and ordinary multivitamins are being blamed for everything in the book -- and now, a new study claims any number of vitamins will cause women to die early.
  13. Heart drug in death risk

    Here's an urgent warning for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who've taken the heart drug Multaq: The FDA says it may double the risk of death in some patients.
  14. Seaweed for heart health

    But in Asia, this nuisance is on the menu -- and with good reason, too: Seaweed is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and a new review of the research finds it can boost your heart health like nothing else.
  15. Flu shots versus 'magic'

    Do you believe in magic? Raise your hands if you believe in the power of a strong immune system and good hygiene--because apparently, that's what passes for magic these days. A new survey finds that 43 percent of Americans don't plan to get a flu shot this year... with a third of all mothers saying they don't plan to get...
  16. Vitamins may help you ditch your inhaler

    A study shows a connection between nutritional deficiencies and asthma.
  17. Don't let dialysis break your heart

    I know that one of the biggest concerns when you begin dialysis treatment is the threat of cardiovascular problems. But a new study points out a way to significantly reduce that risk.

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