V is for C. Vitamin C

19th September 2020

Do you see? It was the only way I could fit it under menu item C. Otherwise I would be listing under V is for…..Vitamin C. Then where would I have put vitamin D? I intend to expand on vitamins generally, so no doubt there will be a V is for…..Vitamins.

In the meantime let’s look at vitamin C. To be honest, I think most people understand about it, at least in the developed world. At least I hope so. I get the impression it is better understood than vitamin D.

There is a lot of good stuff out there on the World Wide Web. But it is probably helpful to try and summarise it here. Helpful to me, if not to you, anyway.

What is it? Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_C  says it is

also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy.

and

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters. It is required for the functioning of several enzymes and is important for immune system function. It also functions as an antioxidant.

There is some evidence that regular use of supplements may reduce the duration of the common cold, but it does not appear to prevent infection. It is unclear whether supplementation affects the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, or dementia. It may be taken by mouth or by injection.

I would also point out that it is water soluble.

So, a very useful thing. I found that in the summer months when cycling, a drink with it in would be very helpful and refreshing. When the weather was hot my body seemed to instinctively tell me I needed it.

I found that a pint of shandy was excellent; preferably beer and ginger beer mixed half and half. Ginger doesn’t seem to have much ‘C’ in it per 100 mg, however. Water on its own certainly wasn’t quite enough.

Once I was cycling back from Cirencester to home in West Sussex. It was a hot summer’s day. I had an orange on me which I ate. This kept me going for ten miles until I found a pub for a drink.

You may know about scurvy and the problems sailors had. And scurvy politicians and the problems we have with them. As William Shakespeare said

‘Get thee glass eyes; And, like a scurvy politician, seem to see the things thou dost not.’ From King Lear.

Like seeming to see a problem with Covid 19, which is the ‘flu, just the usual ‘flu. Perhaps then, they, the politicians need a large dose of vitamin C. Certainly they need to see straight, not curvy, as at present. At the moment it is all just driving us round the bend (those of us who see straight).

Mind you, many of those who have died by, with or from (allegedly) Covid 19, were obese, or excessively curvy. I think a large dose of ‘C’ might have helped.

I would point out that the Chinese were said to be using large doses of vitamin C at the start of March 2020. See Daily Mail article below.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8067189/Chinas-doctors-racing-Vitamin-C-beat-coronavirus.html

Also they were said to be using it intravenously in whopping great doses. See below.

https://williambowles.info/2020/03/03/china-treating-coronavirus-covid-19-with-intravenous-vitamin-c/

Sensible people, the Chinese doctors. The Chinese have known about medicine for a very, very long time. Manufacturing may not be their strong point (it isn’t), but they must be commended and not vilified for their approach here.

It certainly can’t harm you. I have been contacted by a Melville Wilson. He says he took 7 doses in powder form of about 1000 mg each in one day without ill effect.

There are those who say vitamin C has only slight effects. Like this chap in link below.

https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/03/09/coronavirus-its-time-to-debunk-claims-that-vitamin-c-could-cure-it/

I have one word for this article.

Bollux.

I have made it clear elsewhere that viruses are poisons, and cannot be ‘avoided’ as this chap supposes. I hope he read this which is dated a few days after his article.

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2020/03/19/good-coronavirus-news-high-dose-vitamin-c-shows-good-results-in-china-hospital/

Of course, if we eat properly in the first place we shouldn’t need such extreme measures. The Wikipedia page referred to at the beginning is helpful on what fruits and vegetables are good.

And before I forget, don’t throw away any water you cook vegetables in. It will contain vitamin C and minerals and you can use it in soups or stews. Or even drink it. It is quite pleasant. I have done it.

I have noted that there is a singer, Colleen Fitzpatrick, with a stage name Vitamin C. She looks very pretty and, from videos on YouTube of her band Eve’s Plum, she has a good voice.

Reminds me and others of Debbie Harry of Blondie fame. I will listen more and dance. Dancing is necessary to relieve stress, particularly at the moment

All being well, you will see that vitamin C (and perhaps Vitamin C) is very necessary.

In the meantime, see or ’C’ you later!

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P.S. If you wish to ‘C’ more, or indeed see more regarding Covid 19 please ‘C’ or see Covid 19 Summary. If your name is Seymour,usually pronounced ‘See more’, then presumably you do anyway.