With all the new superfoods and super supplements clamoring for our attention these days, it’s often easy to forget that good ole Vitamin C is still one of the best cure-alls around. And from the research I’ve been doing, when it’s used in a liposomal form and in high enough doses, vitamin C can be an outright miracle worker.
(NaturalHealth365) Since our body doesn’t produce it – vitamin C is essentially the most important vitamin you’ll ever consume for overall good health. Vitamin C can help prevent, lessen, and even reverse degenerative health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. It offers protection against colds and flu and can eliminate the threat of every virus known to man – if taken in large enough dosages.
It can cure over 30 major diseases, and is a treatment for shingles, an effective prevention and treatment of radiation exposure, is better than chemotherapy
One of the most important health tips you’ll ever receive would be to consume vitamin C on a daily basis. Generally speaking, most people would benefit from 1 to 2 grams of vitamin C (daily) – but those suffering from serious health conditions may require substantially more. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for best results.
Naturally, choosing the right foods to consume each day will go a long way to keeping you healthy and strong. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the population have been taught that an orange is the “best source” for vitamin C. But, while oranges have a nice amount of C, they actually aren’t the food with the highest levels by far!
Let’s take a closer look at the best sources of vitamin C – some of them may surprise you.
1. Camu Camu has about 30 times more vitamin C than oranges. This fruit that originates from a shrub in the Amazonian rainforest also has extremely high levels of iron, potassium and B vitamins. About 1/2 a teaspoon of powdered camu camu provides more than 400% the RDV of vitamin C.
2. Amla is also commonly referred to as “Indian gooseberry,” this antioxidant rich fruit is important in ayurvedic medicine. Juice from the amla has about 20 times as much vitamin C as oranges. This green round fruit can be found on a tree that grows in tropical India.
3. Guava actually has the highest level of vitamin C, so when you’re looking for the top sources of vitamin C, don’t miss this often overlooked fruit. The guava has about 228 mg of vitamin C.
4. Red and green hot chili peppers – While you might not be able to tolerate eating one on its own, both red and green hot chili peppers are also among the absolute best sources of vitamin C. There is about 181 mg in a half cup of chopped peppers; this is a whopping 182% of the DV. A single chili pepper provides about 110 mg of vitamin C.
5. Red Pepper is a great way to jazz up your salad. A half cup of red sweet peppers offer 142 mg of vitamin C. If you cook them, the level gets reduced a little, but it’s still impressive.
Green peppers are lower in vitamin C, as they have about 60 mg in a half cup.
6. Acerola cherry, uncommon to many people, is a tiny fruit that has about 65 times as much vitamin C as an orange. This fruit is available in powder, supplements and also as a frozen berry that you can add into shakes and smoothies.
7. Kiwis have about 70 mg of vitamin C, so it also easily tops the orange. A little known fact, when you eat a kiwi, you’ll also receive as much potassium as you would from a banana!
8. Oranges aren’t at the tip-top of the list of the best sources of vitamin C, but they still offer a substantial amount. One orange or a 3/4 cup of juice has about 70 mg. Orange zest is also packed with Vitamin C, so don’t just throw away this amazing part of the fruit. It’s amazing when added to soups or salads.
Of course, whenever possible, always buy (or grow) organic oranges or any other piece of produce.
9. Strawberries have about 50 mg of vitamin C per ½ cup. You’ll also get a high amount of fiber and antioxidants with this fruit or just about any other whole fruit or vegetable.
10. Leafy greens, like kale and mustard greens, are quite high in vitamin C. For example, just one serving of raw kale provides 120 mg.
11. Melon, from cantaloupe and honeydew to watermelons, are a delicious way to boost up your vitamin C intake. One cup of cantaloupe has about 67 mg of Vitamin C.
12. Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are great additions to a vitamin C rich diet. You can get 89 mg in a serving of broccoli, and 75 mg per cup of Brussels sprouts. Just don’t overcook the vegetables or you’ll lose the nutritional value.
People reach for vitamin C during the winter when they are facing a cold of flu. However, it really makes sense to get enough vitamin C all year long, as it strengthens the immune system, helps to maintain healthy tissue and cellular function. Consuming these delicious natural sources of vitamin C daily will improve your iron absorption rates, protect your cells from free radical damage and lower your cancer risk in the process. What’s not to love?
Here’s a good reference chart from whfoods.com for identifying foods high in C:
|World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of
|Bell Peppers||1 cup||28.5||117.48||156.64||98.9||excellent|
|Brussels Sprouts||1 cup||56.2||96.72||128.96||41.3||excellent|
|Kiwifruit||1 2 inches||42.1||63.96||85.28||36.5||excellent|
|Bok Choy||1 cup||20.4||44.20||58.93||52.0||excellent|
|Turnip Greens||1 cup||28.8||39.46||52.61||32.9||excellent|
|Beet Greens||1 cup||38.9||35.86||47.81||22.1||excellent|
|Mustard Greens||1 cup||36.4||35.42||47.23||23.4||excellent|
|Collard Greens||1 cup||62.7||34.58||46.11||13.2||excellent|
|Swiss Chard||1 cup||35.0||31.50||42.00||21.6||excellent|
|Lemons and Limes||0.25 cup||13.4||23.61||31.48||42.2||excellent|
|Sea Vegetables||1 TBS||10.8||12.16||16.21||26.9||excellent|
|Sweet Potato||1 medium||180.0||39.20||52.27||5.2||very good|
|Winter Squash||1 cup||75.8||19.68||26.24||6.2||very good|
|Green Peas||1 cup||115.7||19.56||26.08||4.1||very good|
|Blueberries||1 cup||84.4||14.36||19.15||4.1||very good|
|Watermelon||1 cup||45.6||12.31||16.41||6.5||very good|
|Green Beans||1 cup||43.8||12.13||16.17||6.7||very good|
|Summer Squash||1 cup||36.0||9.90||13.20||6.6||very good|
|Carrots||1 cup||50.0||7.20||9.60||3.5||very good|
|Cranberries||1 cup||23.0||6.65||8.87||6.9||very good|
|Plum||1 2-1/8 inches||30.4||6.27||8.36||5.0||very good|
|Garlic||6 cloves||26.8||5.62||7.49||5.0||very good|
|Basil||0.50 cup||4.9||3.82||5.09||18.8||very good|
|Romaine Lettuce||2 cups||16.0||3.76||5.01||5.6||very good|
|Cayenne Pepper||2 tsp||11.4||2.75||3.67||5.8||good|
Density>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10%
|very good||DRI/DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5%
Density>=1.5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5%
And an excerpt from an article by Dr.Thomas E. Levy about the part vitamin C plays in bone density:
Is there any evidence that osteoporosis is ‘focal scurvy’? By itself, the supplementation of vitamin C in osteoporosis has been documented to both increase bone density (improving the bone density test results with structurally sound bone), while lowering the chances of an osteoporotic fracture. This is further supported by the substantial research data confirming that vitamin C is vital for the formation and cross-linking of collagen in the bone, the formation of non-collagen bone matrix proteins, the differentiation of stem cells into bone cells, and the regulation of the cells forming cartilage and collagen in the bone.
But supporting bone density is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to vitamin C….some real miracles are happening when it’s given in mega doses delivered in liposomal form….
(NaturalNews) Liposomal vitamin C is a lipid encapsulation of ascorbic acid granules that delivers more vitamin C to cells orally than even mega-dose intravenous (IV) vitamin C. At first, vitamin C expert Dr. Thomas Levy found this hard to believe, even as clinical results were being achieved.
Then he analyzed liposomal C to discover that, although IV C delivers more vitamin C into the bloodstream than orally ingesting vitamin C, not all of it permeated tissue cells.
It’s estimated that maybe 20% of IV vitamin C volume gets into cells, while 90% of liposomal C permeates tissue on a cellular level. Vitamin C is water soluble, and cell walls are fatty. Liposomal C is a lipid (fatty substance) encapsulated on a molecular level.
This enables higher oral doses vitamin C to permeate cells while not overwhelming bowel thresholds.
Some of you may be familiar with the story of New Zealand dairy farmer Alan Smith, who recovered rapidly from a coma induced by flu complicated double pneumonia and leukemia. Many online accounts make it seem as though only IV C led to his recovery.
But following several legal attempts from Alan’s family to continue administering 50 to 100 grams of IV C after showing positive results when they were ready to pull the plug on his life support, the hospital cynically conceded to continue with only two grams IV C daily.
That’s when his family members found out about a newly produced liposomal C, which they brought to Alan daily. Each packet contained one gram of encapsulated vitamin C. Alan consumed six daily and achieved the miraculous results he had experienced with the 50 to 100 grams daily of IV C.
Yes, six grams of liposomal C did the work of 50 to 100 grams of IV C.
He walked out of the hospital in days on his own power. A year later, he was examined and there was no trace of leukemia either. Here’s a New Zealand 60 Minutes video clip that covers his story well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrhkoFcOMII.
At the Fukushima hot spot, a team of orthomolecular (mega-dose supplement medicine) scientists administered 25 grams of IV C before working and six grams daily of liposomal C to one group of site clean-up workers while giving none to another group.
The vitamin C crew came back with no signs of radioactive poisoning, while the crew without vitamin C showed high toxicity levels. The radiation poisoned group was then given the same IV and liposomal C treatments as the first group, and they all recovered.
And you can search the archives at Natural Health 365’s Talk Hour for a program where using liposomal C is discussed:
Or check out these articles that include a video clip of an interview where Dr. Saul talks about curing his pneumonia with high doses of liposomal C:
FYI, the best deal I have found so far for Liv On Labs Lypo-spheric C is at Natural Healthy Concepts and NaturalHealth365. It’s not cheap, …$29.95 for box of 30 packets ($39.95 in most other places I’ve seen), but shipping is free and the expense may be well worth it for the healing benefits you receive, especially if treating something serious. I get the 3 box package and whenever I self-test/ask my body if it would like some lypo C, I always get a “yes.”
Recently I discovered that *Dr. Joseph Mercola offers a product that features lypo C in capsule form, so I ordered some of that, too. I got it on special and the price was much less than the lypo-spheric C in packets and much easier to take. Would love to see some kind of testing done to see if the capsule form delivers the same level of benefit. If so, then that would be the way to go, in my opinion (or make you own following instructions in the videos below).
*There are probably more sources of lypo C available now since this article was first written.
For info on Dr. Mercola’s product:
And here’s more information about Vitamin C as a cure for cancer and the benefits of using liposomal C, the benefit of using a multi- C (different forms of C) protocol, plus videos on how to make your own. Nice to have that option, but I wonder if it actually matches up to the quality of the professional/commercial version. And it’s certainly easier, although more expensive, to just buy some:
For “regular” vitamin C, ascorbic acid and ingredients for making your own liposomal version at discount prices, iHerb.com is a great place to shop (use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off). Plus, you can take advantage of their wonderful Trial Offer and Specials sections; there’s no sales tax, shipping is free on orders of $20 or more, and you get an extra 5% off on orders over $60.
Vitacost.com is another one of my favorite on-line places to shop. Great discount prices, ever-expanding inventory, free shipping on $49 and up, and if you have an eBates/Rakuten account (free to set up using the link toward the bottom of my Resources webpage) you will earn cash back when you shop thru their portal at Vitacost, plus get a $10 off coupon with your first order of $25 or more. Woo-hoo!
And don’t forget to check out these other vitamin C related Self-help Health posts:
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