Some people seem to suffer more with bloating and gas when first beginning vitamin c therapy. Flushing and long term use seem to arrest this effect. Unless illness occurs then it reappears only to resolve once again. Researching this occurrence I found some profound information. It appears that this gas and bloat is a strong indication of inflammation.
“Isolation of bacteria capable of decomposing ascorbic acid from intestinal contents of adults, infants and certain animals, as well as from gastric washings of achlorhydrics was described in a previous study (Kendall and Chinn '38 a). It was shown that preliminary enrichment of source material in media containing ascorbic acid is a prerequisite for success (Kendall and Chinn '38 b). Furthermore, it was pointed out that ascorbic acid decomposing organisms thus isolated are specialized " strains" of bacteria, belonging for the most part to the strongly fermenting Mucosus capsulatus and Micrococcus ovalis groups rather than to definitive " species" of bacteria. This occurrence of bacteria among the multitude of intestinal microbes capable of utilizing ascorbic acid for energy requirements in absence of the ordinary carbohydrates, focuses attention upon several unexplored problems relating to their occurrence in the alimentary tract : their origin, numbers, acclimatization, and possibility of overgrowth in the intestinal environment”(Kendall A.Ph. D., et al.,1941).