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Salicylates and vitamin C

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Salicylates are thought to decrease the effectiveness of vitamin C therapies.

People with high vitamin C levels in their blood live around six years longer than ones with low levels. [Journal of Epidemiology, May 1992] This is a crude indicator of its usefulness, but nonetheless an indicator.

Aspirin is known to increase risk of stroke from rupture of the arteries and bleeding, but decrease risk of stroke from blood clotting. These two types of stroke have different causes, but are rarely considered separately in study data. The second type (clotting) is more common than rupture, so the myth that “aspirin is good to prevent stroke” has spread far and wide based on crude epidemiological data.

Arteriosclerosis, when the arteries fur up, is the body’s response to risk of rupture, and is the cause of a lot of heart attacks. Arteriosclerosis has been demonstrated to be reversed by the Pauling/Rath protocol, which consists of taking large amounts of vitamin C to restore the integrity of the arteries and L-lysine and L-proline to remove the sclerotic build-up of plaque. Rath has also reversed cancer with a similar protocol. This is because collagen is made with the aide of vitamin C and is an important factor in both of these diseases.

Vitamin C is vital to the functioning of the immune system, and raises HDL and lowers LDL. It is also very useful for diabetics, because vitamin C is chemically a kind of sugar. Glucose is a vitamin C antagonist because it has a very similar structure, and many of the symptoms of advanced diabetes (long term high blood sugar) are also the symptoms of scurvy. Most animals make vitamin C out of glucose in the liver. Our version of this enzyme got scrambled a few million years back.

Now it appears that high salicylate levels basically increase the likelihood of scurvy too.

What this association with vitamin C suggests to me is that salicylates increase risk of arteriosclerosis, stroke by rupture, cancer, and infectious illness.

Coumarins are substances found in plants and moulds that are designed to make the animals who eat them bleed to death. Salicylates also induce bleeding by stripping the ‘legs’ off platelets that allow them to hook together and clot.

So there are two factors at work: salicylates reduce the effectiveness of vitamin C and weaken collagen, and salicylates increase risk of bleeding by preventing the natural clotting mechanisms of the body.

This is interesting to me because I have been taking a gram of vitamin C every day for the last three years. Before I went on Atkins and started taking vitamin C, I used to get bleeding gums all the time. When I stopped taking my vitamin C I felt less well. I found if I stopped taking my multivitamin which contains only 60mg of vitamin C, in less than two weeks I started to get bleeding gums again.

Except I stopped taking any vitamin C over a month ago, except for a small dose last week, and I haven’t been achieving my RDA of vitamin C due Brussels sprouts being out of season. Before I goofed the experiment last week, I still didn’t have any bleeding gums.

I also used to get mouth ulcers and colds all the time. Those went away when I started Atkins and started taking vitamin C. A telling symptom of food chemical sensitivity is mouth ulcers and frequent infections. I wonder if this is the mechanism at work?

I would love to study a group of people with food chemical intolerance symptoms and see if they are more at risk of cancer and heart disease. There is breast cancer on both sides of my family and diabetes and heart disease in my paternal line. Breast cancer has also been linked to heterocyclic amines, formed in burnt proteins. Another reason to eat your steak rare.

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Written by alienrobotgirl

27 March, 2006 at 8:48 am

Posted in Vitamins

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  1. […] She was taking HRT and ibuprofen at the time. Ibuprofen is an NSAID just like aspirin, and salicylates interfere with vitamin C. « Fibromyalgia and food chemicals Writing in the wrong place […]


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