Originally published September 25 2010
How to Use Vitamin C for Adrenal Support
by Elizabeth Walling
(NaturalNews) Many alternative health experts consider vitamin C to be the most important nutrient for adrenal fatigue recovery. Healthy adrenal function requires vitamin C, and some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C in the whole body are found in the adrenal glands. If you`ve experienced symptoms like fatigue, depression, inability to cope with stress, or emotional instability and if you suspect adrenal fatigue is the underlying cause, vitamin C can be a vital part of your recovery process.
Vitamin C for Adrenal Support: Diet or Supplements?
Tissues throughout the body use more vitamin C during times of stress, so getting enough of this powerful vitamin is essential for keeping the body healthy in the face of stress. Vitamin C is not manufactured by the human body, so our supply of vitamin C is entirely dependent on diet and supplements. Vitamin C is found naturally in foods like leafy greens, tomatoes, citrus fruits, sprouts and acerola berries. However, most people do not get enough vitamin C for adrenal support in their diet, even when they include these foods.
Those with adrenal fatigue - or anyone dealing with high amounts of stress - may benefit from quality vitamin C supplementation. This is because vitamin C is absolutely essential for adrenal function to continue. In someone with adrenal fatigue, the adrenal glands need all the support they can get. Vitamin C will allow you to respond properly to life`s stressors and recover more quickly from them.
Tips for Taking Vitamin C for Adrenal Fatigue
- Bioflavonoids are a crucial component of the vitamin C complex. They enhance the absorption of vitamin C and improve its utilization throughout the body. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) should be taken with bioflavonoids at a ratio of 2:1. For example, if you are taking 2,000 mg of ascorbic acid you will need 1,000 mg of bioflavonoids.
- The typical dosage of vitamin C for adrenal fatigue is between 2,000 and 4,000 mg per day, though it varies between individuals. Vitamin C is water soluble and is excreted quickly from the body, so it`s better to take smaller doses throughout the day rather than one large dose.
- Vitamin C dosage should generally be altered by only 500 mg at a time. This means that if you`d like to decrease your dosage, do so by taking 500 mg less every few days until you`ve reached the desired dose. This eliminates any side effects that may arise from increasing or decreasing vitamin C intake too quickly.
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About the authorElizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and challenging common myths about health and wellness. You can visit her blog to learn more:
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