By Bärbel Tschech , 13.04.2021

Infusions enable it to reach the places where it is needed.

In fact, what is vitamin C?

Vitamins are vital active substances which the human body is unable to synthesize by itself. From a chemical perspective
vitamin C  is ascorbic acid. This name derives from "anti-scurvy acid", because it was discovered that sailors could avoid the typical mariner's disease scurvy by eating food containing vitamin C.

What do our bodies need vitamin C for?

Vitamin C is involved in a variety of metabolic processes - it can be considered the activator of the entire cell metabolism.

Some examples:

  • Formation and function preservation of bones and connective tissue
  • Acceleration of wounds and fracture healing
  • Immune boost
  • Participation in metabolic processes of the hormonal and nervous system
  • Regulation of fat metabolism
  • Stimulus of the detoxification system
  • Radical scavenger

How does vitamin C get to where it is needed?

Ascorbic acid is absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine with the aid of certain transport molecules. If these "transporters" are occupied, the excess vitamin C is excreted in the feces. To circumvent the small intestine barrier, we have to inject vitamin C directly into the vein. Once vitamin C has entered the bloodstream, it easily gets to the site where it is currently needed.

Where are especially high levels of vitamin C consumed?

The highest vitamin C concentrations are to be found in

  • nerve cells in the brain
  • immune cells
  • eye lenses
  • the adrenal glands

fresh fruit, dietary supplement or drug?

It is usually enough for healthy people to take in vitamin C through fresh fruit and vegetables. Dietary supplements can bolster your diet if it is not as nutritional as you want.

Drugs, on the other hand, are prescribed for treating disease and are only approved for specific  indications. Approval also means that quality, efficacy and safety have been tested by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM).

The official recommendation is: 100 mg of ascorbic acid a day for a healthy adult. This amount is enough to protect a healthy individual from the symptoms of vitamin C deficiency.

But as soon as you develop stress or get sick, your demand will significantly increase - which also applies to smokers!

Animals produce their own vitamin C - as much as they need

Most animals do not have to obtain vitamin C from an outside source - their bodies produce it. It is formed from sugar in the liver by enzymes. Only apes, people, guinea pigs, some fish and birds have lost this ability in the course of evolution. Animal vitamin C production is well over twenty times (as a proportion of body weight) what we humans take in. Disease and stress then causes vitamin C production to increase even further up to 200 mg per kg body of weight.

Why vitamin C infusions instead of ascorbic acid powder/tablets?

The gastrointestinal tract only allows us to pass a limited quantity into our blood - the rest is excreted in the feces.

If for therapeutic reasons we require higher levels of vitamin C in the blood, we need infusions of high-dose vitamin C. This is also the case when intestinal mucous membranes do not function properly and are unable to absorb the swallowed vitamin C. Following an infusion of high-dose vitamin C the vitamin C blood-level is temporarily so high as to be able to supply regions of the body with a special demand.

Molecules with a missing component (electron). This makes them very reactive and they try to forcibly gain the missing part from surrounding molecules which end up being damaged and become involved in a nuclear chain reaction. Free radicals are not only constantly forming in our metabolism, but also in inflammations, through chemical and physical irritants such as cigarette smoke or UV radiation. An excess of free radicals can be a pathogenic state. So, an organism has so-called radical scavengers which bind them and render them harmless.

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