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Vitamin C for Stroke Prevention - I.V. Vitamin C

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2018 6:38:48 AM / by Dr. Isadora Guggenheim


Have you checked your vitamin C levels today?  Second Nature patients do.  

Do you know the signs of being Vitamin C deficient?  Did you know that we can't manufacture Vitamin C in our bodies.  We need to replenish it daily.  Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy.  Scurvy symptoms include: malaise, fatigue, cognitive issues, muscle weakness, weak bones and immunosuppression.  

Modern scurvy is higher in bulimics, anorexics, alcoholics, older patients who have malabsorption issues or gut dysbiosis, formula-fed infants, gastric bypass patients and the malnourished.  

Early signs of scurvy

  • Chronic low energy, depression, weak bones, wasting away
  • Bleeding gums, loose teeth or gingivitis - See Dr. Robert Zitofsky at Dynamic Dental Arts of Rockland
  • Rapid mood changes, irritability, short-tempered
  • Bruises - chronic and lingering, drier hair, slow healing of minor wounds
  • Chronic limb or joint pain - bleeding occurs between the joints
  • Anemia, constantly catching everything going around - colds and flu

Why are Vitamin C levels important?  A new study found a link between low Vitamin C and increased risk for intracereberal hemorrhage.  Vitamin C depletion is a risk factor for spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhages.Vitamin C is a key component in the matrix of arterial walls.  Vitamin C makes collagen needed for vessel elasticity and that elasticity plays a role in blood pressure regulation.  When Vitamin C is depleted the collagen in the vessel wall becomes unstable and can lead to hemorrhages.  

Do you know your risk factors for intracereberal hemorrhage?  

  • Older
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Overweight 

Vitamin C, not ascorbic acid), is one of the most accessible anti-oxidants and comes in several forms.  I recommend food grade Vitamin C. Billy's Vitamin C by Infinity Greens is a great way to get clean Vitamin C. 

If you don't have a balanced diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables it is wise to supplement with Vitamin C. Real deficiency means real interventions now.  We offer Vitamin C I.V. mega drips.

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Vitamin C deficiency lowers serotonin levels and creates neurological damage.


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Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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