Photo: University of Otago
Radio New Zealand’s science show has explored the ins and outs of vitamin C. They interviewed New Zealand experts including Professor Margreet Vissers, who captured its pivotal role in our health:
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, which helps counteract the effects of damaging free radicals. In the 1960s researchers discovered that vitamin C plays a key role in the collagen enzyme; collagen is a key component of our skin.
Since then it has been found to be an important co-factor in 70-80 other key enzyme processes. “These enzymes all have different functions,” says Margreet, “and they cover a whole raft of biological activities, from the growth of blood vessels through to the regulation of our genetic code. Vitamin C is at the hub of almost every biological function that we know.”
Read the associated article or listen to the RNZ show.
Learning from keynote speakers, gathering take-home messages, meeting old friends and making new ones were all highlights for our staff who attended April’s Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) conference in Auckland.
Dr Nicky Baillie says she particularly enjoyed the more practical talks, with information and ideas she can apply to her practice. One was the widespread incidence of mild metabolic acidosis and the large number of studies linking this with various health conditions.
Two other highlights for our GPs and nurses who attended were talks by Rachel Arthur on the highs and lows of iodine, and another by Drs Ric Colman and Tim Ewer about naltrexone. Read More
Photo: University of Otago
New Zealand researcher Dr Anitra Carr is investigating the role of vitamin C in the prevention and treatment of diseases such as cancer and serious infections.
Anitra studies micronutrients at the Centre for Free Radical Research at the University of Otago, and is currently undertaking clinical trials to find out more about vitamin C’s disease-fighting potential.
Listen to her interview with Jesse Mulligan on RNZ.
A clinical study has found significant benefits of EDTA Chelation for diabetic patients with prior myocardial infarctions.
The sub-study of the major Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) was presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in November 2013, and published in Circulation: Cardiovascular and Quality Outcomes. Read the abstract or download the full article (11 page PDF, 1.2MB). Read More
When We Need Extra Vitamin C
Humans are one of the few animals unable to convert glucose into Vitamin C in our bodies. A healthy diet and lifestyle may be enough to maintain general wellbeing.
However, most animals can also significantly increase their levels of Vitamin C production when exposed to extra stresses such as infection, illness or injury. We cannot.
The human digestive system limits how much Vitamin C we can absorb orally. However, putting higher doses directly into the bloodstream will reach the body’s cells in greater amounts.
Administered with a standard clinical IV drip, each infusion takes an hour or two depending on your dosage. We may monitor the levels of Vitamin C in your blood and adjust the dosage accordingly as your treatment programme progresses.