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The Importance of Vitamin C

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by Jane Thomas

By Dr. Dawn Gareau, ND

Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants used by our bodies. It activates the immune system, supports our bones, eyes and skin. It enhances healing and improves recovery time in illness or injury and it provides protection to our blood vessels. Research has demonstrated that antioxidants (bioflavinoids found in citrus fruits and vegetables) may be cardioprotective and reduce the risks of ischemic stroke.

If you are planning to supplement your diet with Vitamin C make sure it contains bioflavinoids in the ingredient listing’s. Recommended doses are typically 1-3 grams per day depending on the needs of each individual. The flu season is a perfect time to boost the immune system with vitamin C.

Another method of supplying the body with vitamin C is through Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy.

What are the advantages of intravenous vitamin therapy?

Nutrients administered by IV are absorbed more rapidly and efficiently, as they do not have to be processed by the body in the same way that oral supplements are. The nutrients get circulated through your bloodstream and delivered to cells, where they are immediately available for use. Most IV therapies combine a mixture of B vitamins, vitamin C and Magnesium.

Treatment of conditions based on clinical evidence and/or study data

According to the Bastyr Center and the Alternative Medicine Review, minerals and vitamins that are administered through intravenous therapy may be able to treat and improve a variety of health conditions such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • alzheimer’s
  • asthma
  • tumors
  • Candida
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • colds, bronchitis
  • IBS, Crohn’s disease
  • diabetes
  • fibromyalgia
  • the flu
  • Fatigue
  • HIV
  • Alcoholism
  • herpes
  • migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • PMS
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • viral infections.

Intravenous therapy may improve cell detoxification, allowing your body to heal faster. Your immune system is also boosted, protecting you against infections. Blood circulation and arterial blockage may also improve.

As with all treatment protocols they vary according to each individual’s needs and each condition. Proper assessment with a trained and licensed physician is mandatory to implement IV therapy.

Is it important to note that although IV nutrient therapy is beneficial it is not the “wonder drug” on it’s own. It takes a commitment form each individual to be responsible for their journey to health and vitality.

An integrated approach is one of the best methods for improving health. This includes changes in diet and lifestyle and regular visit’s to your team of knowledgeable and experienced health care providers.

Check out this video: “Vitamin C Better than Chemo for Cancer”

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