Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

You are Closer to Being Vitamin C Deficient Than You Think


Okay, so you think you are doing pretty well with your diet. You prepare most of your meals at home, don't eat much junk food and aren't a fast food eater only rarely. You think vitamins are pretty much nonsense-particularly since you are eating so well-and besides, you feel pretty healthy.

Well let me rain on that parade a little.

Consider this. In order for nutritional researchers to determine the required levels of nutrients, diets must be designed of known nutrient content with a specific deficiency in the nutrient being studied. Then varying doses of the nutrient can be added to the diet to determine at what level symptoms of deficiency disappear.

In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a vitamin C-depleted real meal menu is described. The diet consists of the following choices:

Breakfast: Apple Juice, Applesauce, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, Unprocessed bran, Hominy grits, Cream of Wheat, Eggs (scrambled or hard poached), Cheddar cheese, French toast, Syrup, Yogurt (plain or strawberry), Bran muffin, Glazed doughnut, Mini bagel, Cream cheese, White toast or bread, Wheat toast, Margarine, butter, Honey, Peanut butter, Sugar substitutes, Low-fat cream cheese, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular or decaffeinated), Cream, White milk (whole, 2%, or skim), Chocolate milk, Buttermilk.

Lunch: Chicken noodle soup, Cream of chicken soup, Croutons, Escalloped chicken, Pork chops, Brown gravy, Garlic herb pizza, Grilled cheese sandwich, Tuna chunks, Yogurt (plain, vanilla or blueberry), Rice royale, Black beans, Rice, Pretzels, Applesauce, Diet Jell-O?, Cookies (chocolate chip or sugar), Ice cream (vanilla or chocolate), Bread (white or wheat), Saltines, Margarine, Butter, Sour cream, Peanut butter, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Sugar substitute, Relish, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular, decaffeinated or iced), Cream

Dinner: Chicken and rice soup, Cottage cheese, Croutons, Fried shrimp, Roast beef, Brown gravy, Macaroni and cheese, Cheeseburger, Chicken salad, Yogurt (plain or peach), Pinto beans, Rice, Diet Jell-O?, Vanilla ice cream, Angel food cake, Bread (white or wheat), Margarine, Butter, Peanut butter, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Cream, Tea (regular, decaffeinated or iced)

Evening Snacks: Peanut butter crackers, Graham crackers, Chocolate chip cookie, Popcorn, Ginger ale, Diet cola

If you review these choices you should note something familiar. They are the very foods that the majority of people now consume! By eating these foods a person will restrict vitamin C intake to less than 5 mg per day. The bare minimum RDA (Recommended Daily Alolowance) so far established for vitamin C is 90 mg per day for men and 75 mg per day for women -- and this is highly contested as being far too low. There is a huge body of research now demonstrating that humans need several hundred milligrams (some believe more than a thousand) per day to achieve optimal health.

Vitamin C is a critically important nutrient for humans since our bodies are unable to synthesize it. In the wild, fruits and vegetables would be the main source. Vitamin C bolsters the immune system and is critical to connective tissue integrity and health. In its absence, the nutritional disease scurvy occurs resulting in a sort of meltdown of the basic structure of the body. Teeth fall out, internal bleeding occurs and it can cause a miserable death. In days gone by, ancient mariners feared the disease more than capsizing. But left out to sea long enough with only bread and salted meat they were almost sure to suffer it to one degree or another

Heart disease is a leading killer in modern society. Dental disease is epidemic. Both of these conditions can be initiated or fostered by vitamin C deficiency. There presence may in fact be the very marker that vitamin C deficiency is widespread. Coronary and cerebral vessels lose their integrity leading to heart attacks and strokes, and periodontitis (gum recession, bleeding and oral infection) leads to loss of teeth, foul breath and seeding of the body's organs with pathogens.

Vitamin C is not a silly nutrient to be ignored or played with. Don't assume that because you seem healthy at the moment that chronic degenerative disease is not incubating within. In fact, if you are eating exclusively processed modern fare, you can count on it.

Convert the diet to more fresh and raw foods (See authors The Thinking Person's Master Key to Health (CD), http://wysong.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WOTTPWS&
Product_Code=EDCD21&Category_Code=EDUAIDS&Product_Count=0. Note that there were no fresh foods in the test diet. And certainly taking daily vitamin C supplements (500-1000 mg per day) is prudent insurance given that normal dietary fare is clearly vitamin C deficient.

. (Am J Clin Nutr, 1997; 65(5):1434-40.)

Dr. Wysong is a former veterinary clinician and surgeon, college instructor in human anatomy, physiology and the origin of life, inventor of numerous medical, surgical, nutritional, athletic and fitness products and devices, research director for the present company by his name and founder of the philanthropic Wysong Institute. He is author of The Creation-Evolution Controversy now in its eleventh printing, a new two volume set on philosophy for living, several books on nutrition, prevention and health for people and animals and over 15 years of monthly health newsletters. He may be contacted at Wysong@Wysong.net and a free subscription to his e-Health Letter is available at http://www.wysong.net


MORE RESOURCES:

Healthy Eats (blog)

Nutrition News: Nutrition Labels, GMO-Free Products and Organic Recalls
Healthy Eats (blog)
If a product has a front-of-pack nutrition label, people are significantly more likely to buy it, regardless of whether the label brings good news or bad about the nutritional value of the product, a study has found. According to researchers at the ...



CBS News

FTC shuts down Tempe nutritional beverage company for pyramid scheme
Phoenix Business Journal
Vemma Nutrition Co., which ranked as the No. 1 fastest-growing private company on our 2014 Arizona Corporate Excellence list, allegedly promised young adults up to $50,000 a week for selling its line of nutritional drinks. But, the FTC contends, most ...
FTC: Vemma Nutrition temporarily shut down for running pyramid schemeCBS News
Feds shut down Vemma NutritionConsumerAffairs
Vemma Nutrition shut down for running pyramid schemeAl Jazeera America
StreetInsider.com (blog) -Mstarz
all 135 news articles »


KRWG News22

CDC: School meal programs are an important source of nutrition
KRWG News22
School meal programs are an important source of nutrition as students consume almost half of their daily calories at school. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which stated this also added that ...
CDC gives schools good grades for nutrition, but asks: Where are the salad bars?Los Angeles Times
School meals become more nutritiousNews-Medical.net
School lunches becoming more nutritious, CDC reportscleveland.com
Food Business News (registration) -Meat & Poultry (registration)
all 43 news articles »


Better nutrition for better health program Sept. 23
McCook Daily Gazette
OBERLIN, Kan. -- An apple a day can help keep aches and pains away. Find out how small changes in your diet can add up to big health benefits during a free nutrition program on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Golden Age Center in Oberlin, from 3 to 4 p.m. ...



TPS nutrition benefits every child
Tahlequah Daily Press
Kerns said if a child in the district has a disability, determined by a doctor, and the disability prevents the child from eating the regular school meal, the child nutrition program will make a substitution prescribed by the doctor. “There is no extra ...



Global Market Study on Clinical Nutrition: Infant Nutrition Segment To Witness ...
MarketWatch
The report also includes benchmarking section which provides an insight on the revenue generated and presence of its offerings in the three clinical nutrition categories: infant nutrition, enteral nutrition, and parenteral nutrition of the companies ...
Parenteral Nutrition Market Segment Forecasts up to 2020Medgadget.com (blog)
Parenteral Nutrition Market Growing Demands Due to Poor Economic and Health ...Digital Journal
Global Sports Nutrition Market: Changing Lifestyle and Increasing Purchasing ...Industry Today (press release)

all 7 news articles »


In Ethiopia, a Partnership to Improve Nutrition
AllAfrica.com
Ethiopia is nearing the end of a four-year national nutrition security programme supported jointly by the European Union and UNICEF, which builds on government-led efforts to reduce the rates of undernutrition among children under 5 years old and mothers.



Letter: Harrop column ignores studies on nutrition
Buffalo News
Harrop column ignores studies on nutrition. Good hack job in the Froma Harrop column about sugar, ‚ÄúSticking up for Coke, sort of,‚ÄĚ appearing in the Aug. 23 Buffalo News. Quick fact checking reveals that Dr. Mark Hyman has questions about ethyl ...



Food Bank for Larimer County supports changes to Child Nutrition ...
Loveland Reporter-Herald
The Food Bank supports changes to the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, legislation that helps ensure children have access to healthy, nutritious food all year in school and over break. Every five years, Congress is required to reauthorize the ...

and more »


HealthNewsReview.org

Randomized trials are no panacea for what ails nutrition research
HealthNewsReview.org
Observational studies, particularly prospective cohort studies, are the backbone of nutrition science. Many recommendations in dietary guidelines are based on these types of studies. Lately, prospective cohort studies and consequently dietary ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.