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).
The b vitamins are usually regarded together, after all they work synergistic-ally in the body. But, what if one of the b vitamins, alone, held astonishing healing abilities? It turns out that in 1952, Abraham Hoffer, PHD, MD, proved through a double blind placebo controlled study that vitamin b3 has the ability to cure schizophrenia(Hoffer A., Walker M., 1978). This knowledge is not mainstream and anti-psychotics with severe side effects continue to be used as the first line therapy. My research has uncovered a broad range of healing benefits by this vitamin. The mind, heart, brain, and skin all can be benefited by therapeutic doses of this nutrient. Vitamin b3 as an individual nutrient has an astonishing record of profound benefits to the human body.
Metabolic Syndrome X (MSX) is a constellation of 5 risk factors that greatly increase one's chances of developing
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. It is not a disease per se, but is rather an indication of a worsening
metabolic environment that paves the way for disease. It is highly important for the student of nutrition or dietetics to
understand this condition since 68,000,000 American's have this condition per the 2006 NHANES III study; roughly
32 % of the population. (2) Those at greatest risk are those over 55 who are sedentary and obese. Smokers and
heavy drinkers are also at greater risk. However, the NHANES study also noted that teens can have this syndrome so it
is certainly not limited to the elderly and middle ages. Also, perhaps more alarmingly, the study noted a 34% increase
in prevalence from 1990-2006 in women ages 20-39. It was much less common in this age group before 1990 and the
increase in prevalence tracks with the increase in obesity rates that the study also notes from that time period.