Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. It is a powerful antioxidant which will help to remove toxic free radicals from the body. These free radicals are the wastes produced during cellular activities, and if they are not removed, they will cause damage to the cells. It also boosts your immune system. It also improves collagen production which helps in wound healing. Unfortunately, our body cannot make its own vitamin C, so you have to get your vitamin C from diet and supplements
Recommended daily intake of vitamin c for adult women is 75 mg per day and for males it is 90 mg per day. It is 120 mg per day for breastfeeding and pregnant females.
Excessive dosage of anything is toxic however, a safer high dose which does not cause any toxicity is 2000 mg per day.
Which route is more effective?
Oral route is most commonly used but it is less effective, because it has to pass through the digestive tract which will result in less absorption. The IV route is more effective because it increases the level of vitamin C in the bloodstream which will result in more absorption.
Benefits of high dose:
High doses of vitamin C have numerous health benefits. Here are important ones:
- It improves your immunity. This will help you to fight with diseases and keep you fit.
- It also helps in making collagen which would be helpful in wound healing. It also improves the elasticity of skin.
- Vitamin C is the most important vitamin for your skin. It gives freshness to your skin and makes it glow.
- The most important and highlighting benefit of high doses of vitamin C is, it causes the death of cancerous cells.
How does it kill cancerous cells?
When vitamin C is introduced in the body, our body breaks it into a highly reactive substance (hydrogen peroxide). Normal cells can efficiently remove this substance but cancerous cells are unable to remove it. Resultantly, these substances will damage the DNA of cancer cells.
High doses of vitamin C can be dangerous for you if you have a history of kidney stones and liver issues. It is also dangerous if you have stomach issues and if your body can not absorb it.
High doses of vitamin c have numerous health benefits but it should not exceed more than 2000 mg per day. It is more effective intravenously than through oral routes. It also has an important role in cancer treatment but still more evidence is required.