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 ascorbic acid fermenting bacteria were for the most part members of the Mucosus capsulatus and Micrococcus ovalis groups. However, a majority of the bacteria belonging to these groups were unable to ferment ascorbic acid. This confirms the previously reported suggestion that the ability of bacteria to utilize ascorbic acid is a " strain" characteristic rather than a "species" characteristic”(Kendall A.Ph. D., et al.,1941).
So lets learn a little about mucosus capsulatus from HILDA R. HAY, M.B., CH.B., D.P.H.,:
“This was in marked contrast to the ease with which B. mucosus capsulatus was often isolated in cases of enteritis(inflammation). An attempt was made to discover the natural habitat of B. mucosus capsulatus in the gut by taking 4 samples of normal stools and examining a loopful of the mucus layer covering them, then after searing across the stool, examining a loopful of the solid matter. In 3 of the samples the surface mucus yielded plentiful colonies of B. mucosus capsulatus and B. coli, whereas the solid matter yielded B. coli almost entirely, but in much scantier growth. This would suggest that B. mucosus capsulatus is associated in the large intestine with the mucus secreting cells(Hay H., 1931).”
“The increased occurrence of B. mucosus capsulatus in inflammatory conditions of the gut appears to be due to an actual overgrowth(Hay H., 1931).”
Lets also look at micrococcus ovalis also known as enterococcus:
Interesting enough I also found that enterococcus is also associated with enteritis and diarrhea(Cheon, DooSung., Chae, Chanhee , 1996).
It is common for people to experience severe bloating and gas when they begin vitamin c therapy. We now know that this gas may be caused by the fermentation by Mucosus capsulatus and Micrococcus ovalis bacteria, Because these two species are strongly associated with inflammation, it apears that this fermentation is an indication that someones gut is suffering from enteritis.
The bloating and gas tends to disappear with vitamin c flushing and long term use. Perhaps this is due to excreting this specific bacteria and the anti inflammatory effects of vitamin c on the gut.
Kendall A.Ph. D., et al.,(1941). Observation on the Occurrence of Ascorbic Acid Fermenting Bacteria in the Stomachs of the Cow Studies in Bacterial Metabolism CXVII. l From the Departments of Research Bacteriology and Physiological Chemistry, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Il: Pubmed.
Hay H., (1931). A STUDY OF THE BACILLUS MUCOSUS CAPSULATUS GROUP.Muirhead Research Scholar in Bacteriology, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow: Pubmed.
Cheon, DooSung., Chae, Chanhee (1996) Outbreak of diarrhea associated with Enterococcus durans in piglets. Journal Vet Diagnostic Investigation.
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