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Monday, October 21, 2013

Decisions, Decisions On Which Vitamin C Formula To Take While Following Dr. Linus Pauling's Heart Therapy?

One of the great things about living in America is that WE HAVE CHOICES. I might add, NOT as many as we used to have before the present administration took office, however we still have choices.

One of those choices is which form of Vitamin C do I take to get the most out of the Vitamin C, Lysine, Proline, Vitamin E, formula as outlined by Linus Pauling? As discussed on this blog in several places the form used by Dr. Pauling himself is simple....................He used the same Vitamin C as has been offered for over 16 years by Tower Labs and that is pure pharmaceutical grade ASCORBIC ACID.

That being said, there appears to be THREE main competing sources for Vitamin C:

  • Pure pharmaceutical ascorbic acid as offered by Tower Formulas
  • C-salts as recommended by Dr. Weil 
  • Liposomal Vitamin C - you can make it at home yourself

I am NOT SURE I can give a FINAL answer to this often asked question, except taking the vitamin C is the most important thing and then secondly deciding on which form to take.

1.) Look at Dr. Andrew Weil's recommendation of C-salts:

THE PROBLEM: What's the best way to take mega doses (from 2 - 50 grams) of Vitamin C every day? All the solutions to this problem, until now, have had disadvantages such as: (1) High acidity and sour taste mask the taste by mixing in orange juice, not realizing the high-sugar juice costs more than the (1) C. (ascorbic acid, crystal and tablet form). (2) High sodium (chewable tablets & sodium ascorbate crystals). (3) Very bitter taste (calcium ascorbate crystals). (4) Unwanted excipients (all tablets). (5) High cost (all tablets and calcium ascorbate). Many persons buy the least expensive form of C, ascorbic acid crystals, and mask the taste by mixing in orange juice, not realizing the high-sugar juice costs more than the C.
THE SOLUTION: C - S A L T S - You'll get your vitamin C as a good-tasting carbonated mineral water beverage, PLUS a good supply of hard-to-get minerals all in solution as their highly-absorbable ascorbates. Notice there is NO SODIUM. Of course, there are NO sugars, flavors, or colors of any sort. In fact, there are NO excipients whatever, you get just what's on the label. 

IT TAKES JUST A FEW SECONDS to mix up a C-SALTS drink and is just the ticket as a digestive aid after meals, or just as a convenient, pleasant source of mega doses of vitamin C. In addition, over 94% of the ascorbic acid's acidity is neutralized by the effervescent reaction resulting in a carbonated drink similar to mineral water. 

EASY DIRECTIONS: Add JUST 1 OUNCE of cold water onto a slightly rounded teaspoon of C-SALTS. Swirl the mixture. Add more water or juice only after the bubbling subsides. Drink and enjoy. Add more water and drink any leftovers. C-SALTS is normally cloudy.

NOTICE: It's imperative to understand that with EACH drink you'll be getting 4 full grams (4000 milligrams) of vitamin C. Most persons can handle this amount in one dose, but some who are unaccustomed to large doses can easily get diarrhea and/or gas with as little as 1 gram. It'll help to take your C-SALTS with or after a meal. C-SALTS looks and tastes much like mineral water, so be careful how much you take. 

IMPORTANT: ALWAYS REPLACE THE CAP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE since C-SALTS quickly absorbs water from the air. DO NOT REFRIGERATE C-SALTS since humidity in the bottle will condense onto the crystals and start the reaction. Effervescent forms of Vitamin C are VERY HUMIDITY-SENSITIVE. So DO NOT PUT DAMP SPOONS into the bottle! DO NOT ALLOW WATER TO SPLASH into the cap or bottle! DO NOT REFRIGERATE! Replace DRY cap TIGHTLY. C-SALTS will effervesce & pour easily for two years after opening if kept properly. Folks in humid areas such as Florida, Hawaii, or Louisiana: TAKE SPECIAL CARE!   

      C-Salts comes in two sizes:
      227 grams  ( 8 oz,  43 drinks)
735 grams  (26 oz, 140 drinks)



Back in 1990 Dr Andrew Weil first recommended Wholesale Nutrition's C-Salts in his book, "Natural Health, Natural Healing". In 1997 he again recommended our C-Salts in his best seller, "Eight Weeks to Optimum Health". In this last book, he suggested taking 1 to 2 grams of vitamin C two or three times per day, for a total of 2 to 6 grams per day. [1 gram = 1000 mg]

Q. - The C-Salts instructions say to add a teaspoon of the powder to an ounce [about 1/8th glass] of water in order to get 4 grams of vitamin C. Suppose I want only 1 gram of vitamin C?
A. - Merely mix 1/4 teaspoon of the powder into 1/4 ounce [about 2 teaspoons] of water. It'll still take about 15 seconds for the bubbling to subside. But see the next question.

Q. - I don't like bothering to mix C-Salts 3 times every day! Any suggestions?          
A. - Yes. You can mix up a days' supply at one time and keep it in your refrigerator. You can then sip it at will. After a couple days, the liquid will turn slightly yellow, at which time you should drink it up. Make a fresh batch when next needed.

Q. - Can I mix the C-Salts powder directly into an ounce of orange juice?
A. - No!! It'll foam up and make a mess. Mix the C-Salts with water, as directed. Then, AFTER the bubbling stops, you may add the orange juice, or more water, or whatever pleases you.

Q. - Should I keep the C-Salts in the refrigerator?
A. - No!! When you put a closed bottle of C-Salts into the refrigerator, the humidity in the bottle reaches the dew point, and water droplets begin condensing onto the powder and start the chemical reaction. And when you remove the cold bottle from the refrigerator to get more C-Salts, then the warm humid room air enters the bottle and immediately condenses onto the powder, creating a mess after many openings and closings. It's much better to leave the bottle at room temperature, out of the sun, and away from stoves, ovens, toasters, etc.

Q. - What's the shelf life of C-Salts after purchase?
A. - An unopened bottle will last several years at room temperature. If, after opening your bottle, you use a DRY teaspoon to remove the C-Salts, and don't splash water onto the powder, and always replace the cap immediately, and keep the bottle cool [but not in the refrigerator], then the C-Salts should last two years.

Q. - How can I tell if my C-Salts is still OK?
A. - If the powder is still white or slightly yellow, and if it still pours freely, and if it still effervesces, then your C-Salts is quite usable. Even if any or all of the above conditions are not completely satisfied, the great majority of vitamin C, and all of the minerals, are still available.

Q. - We`re going away for the summer and we have several bottles [opened and unopened] of C-Salts that we have to leave at home for months in the heat. Is there anything we can do?
A. - Yes. Open the warm [room temperature] bottles and put them into a FROST-FREE refrigerator [which is extremely dry inside] with the caps and paper seals removed. After about 24 hours, most of the humidity will disappear. Without removing the bottles from the refrigerator, quickly replace the room temperature caps. Your bottles will remain fresh in this condition, stored in the refrigerator, for many years. When you eventually need to open a bottle, it's extremely important you let it remain at room temperature for at least 2 or 3 hours before removing the cap.

Q. - What is that bitter tasting residue I sometimes find after I've had my C-Salts drink?
A. - That's some of the zinc that hasn't reacted with the ascorbic acid. Stirring the drink while it's bubbling will help. We could easily have eliminated the zinc and make C-Salts taste better, but we feel the additional zinc is worth the slight taste degradation.

Q. - Why have you changed to a shorter bottle?
A. - Several reasons:
1. The volume of the bottle is 17cc (1 cubic inch) less than the old bottle. Thus, every time you open the bottle, there's one less cubic inch of air and humidity for the C-Salts to deal with.
2. We purge the air from the large C-Salts bottle with dry nitrogen. The smaller bottle allows a more complete purge.
3. The lip of the new bottle makes a much better seal with the safety seal than the old bottle did.
4. Users objected to the old taller bottle since ordinary teaspoons couldn't reach the bottom.

2.) SEE MY PREVIOUS posts on (Liposomal Vitamin C / I have three separate posts all on 10/19/2013) I go into DETAIL on those 3 posts about this form of Vitamin C.
Requires the use of a blender, and an Ionic cleaner and purchasing ascorbic acid, NON GMO lecithin granules etc.

3.) Tower Formulas also have their own formula made with pure pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C ascorbate. I believe their formula is the MOST EXPENSIVE??? / (at least at first glance, however their formula also contains L-Lysine, L-Proline, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, and folic acid / thereby making it a complete formula to follow Dr. Pauling's recommendations for combating heart disease all in one easy ready to use formula.
Personally I could easily use any of the three formulas or if I were wealthy and could not make up my mind, all three of them at different times of day.
My advice would be if you are a busy executive, or a traveling salesman or saleslady and on the road and/or flying from place to place a lot, the best formula would probably be to go on the "AUTO SHIP" discount and go with the original Pauling Tower Formula and never look back. Everything you need is in essence in one easy to carry canister in your suitcase whether traveling by car or to and from the office or flying around the country.
IF you are retired or spend most of your time at home, then  you may want to try your skill at the Liposomal Formula which you can make fairly easily once you get the equipment and go through the cycle a few times.
For my money, since I can purchase Lysine and Proline in WHEY protein mixes at Walmart for $15.95 for a month's supply and also purchase a bottle of 100 /1000mg tabs of Lysine for $3.32 also at Walmart, the C-salts formula from Dr. Andrew Weil makes a lot of sense. it is quick, easy to mix with water especially if in a hurry.
I already have sources for the other supplements I take such as:
CoQ10, Vitamin E, B-complex, Ginger root, Milk Thistle, Vitamin D3, Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc, Daily Multiple etc. PLUS I try to drink a green smoothie every day with celery, baby spinach, red grapes, an apple or orange, sweet peppers, perhaps kale etc. to round things out. I also am already making my own "WATER KEFIR" / A GREAT PROBIOTIC YOU MAKE INEXPENSIVELY AT HOME) every other day now and not sure I also want to start making Liposomal Vitamin C on top of that.
The bottom line in my opinion is that you need to get on one of the above or all three and start looking into the Dr. Pauling Unified Theory of heart disease and take a hard look at his work. Starting something and doing something is BETTER than being undecided about which one above is the absolute BEST and then doing nothing.

******CAUTION: IF you are on any sort of prescription blood thinner such as Plavix, Coumadin or even aspirin regimen - do not take mega doses of vitamin C. Doesn't mean you can't take any, however check with your doctor and/or a qualified practicing Nutritionist FIRST.******
God Bless,

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