Vi­ta­min C FAQ

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Can vi­ta­min C boost en­ergy?

It may. Re­search by the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health found that low lev­els of vi­ta­min C cor­re­lated with fa­tigue.

Do other nu­tri­ents in­crease or block its ab­sorp­tion?

There is no real sci­en­tific ev­i­dence ei­ther way, but vi­ta­min C in gen­eral is eas­ily ab­sorbed. How­ever, says Levy, most peo­ple suf­fer from lack of mag­ne­sium and too much cal­cium, which in­creases ox­i­da­tion and works against the an­tiox­i­dant ac­tion of vi­ta­min C. To solve the prob­lem, he rec­om­mends tak­ing mag­ne­sium sup­ple­ments, as well as vi­ta­min C, at any time of day, sep­a­rately or to­gether.

How much is safe to take for a cold?

Un­less you have kid­ney dis­ease, says Levy, there’s no need to be con­cerned about tak­ing too much. He rec­om­mends tak­ing a gram of vi­ta­min C ev­ery hour or so, un­til you feel bet­ter. If you get di­ar­rhea, take lower doses, take it less of­ten, or take a li­po­so­mal form. Any­one with kid­ney dis­ease should con­sult a knowl­edge­able prac­ti­tioner be­fore tak­ing sup­ple­ments.

How much vi­ta­min C can you get from food?

It’s es­ti­mated that five daily serv­ings of fruits and veg­eta­bles pro­vide 200–250 mg.

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