Vitamin C plays an important role in the body in a variety of metabolic processes. It serves as a free radical scavenger, is important for the immune defence and immune stimulation, as well as for the endocrine and nervous systems, helps to regulate the fat metabolism and stimulates the eliminative functions. It also plays a role in the formation and functional maintenance of bone and connective tissues and speeds up the wound healing process.
As the most important antioxidant in the human body, Vitamin C plays an essential role in inflammatory diseases and in radiation exposure. Free radicals are aggressive and very reactive substances, which are produced by the body’s own metabolic processes, or are formed in the organism through the introduction of chemical substances or exposure to radiation.
Increased Vitamin C Requirement
The body’s requirement for vitamin C is particularly high when it is dealing with pathogens or inflammation. Likewise, increased environmental toxins and radiation exposure, injury and other stressful situations can result in an increased demand for Vitamin C. A restorative high dose vitamin C treatment may be indicated for cigarette smokers, people suffering from allergies, high performance athletes and patients, who are on certain kinds of medications, as well as for those who are suffering from arteriosclerosis, or who have an increased liver load. It is also recommended in cases where the intestinal mucosa is not functioning optimally and vitamin absorption is limited.
High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C infusion therapy
High Dose intravenous Vitamin C infusion therapy is based on the realisation that in the presence of various disease, the vitamin C requirement is far greater than the organism could absorb via the gastro-intestinal system. Moreover, absorption via the intestinal mucosa is often further reduced, due to the illness.
As a rule, an intravenous infusion of 7.5 – 15g is given in order to achieve therapeutically effective levels of vitamin C. The therapy is effective and very well tolerated. In acute situations it is administered on a daily basis. The treatment only takes 15-30 minutes.