While it has been known for more than half a century that vitamin C is essential for the manufacture of collagen, the process is only now under investigation …
What is collagen?
Collagen is by far the most abundant protein in our body. It is made of strong white fibers, stronger than steel wire of equal dimensions.
These fibers, combined with elastic fibers (elastin), constitute the connective tissue that allows the cohesion of different parts of the body. The highest concentrations of collagen are found mainly in the skin and bones, but also in the dentin of the teeth, in the blood vessels, the eyes, the heart, and all the connective tissues.
It is collagen that gives the skin its strength and texture, and plays a major role in the replacement of dead cells. In the deep layers of the skin – which is the dermis – collagen forms a fibrous network, on which new cells can grow. Collagen also serves as a protective coating for the delicate organs of the body, such as the kidneys. After physical exercise, our muscle tissue repairs many of the microscopic lesions caused in the muscle, causing it to grow.
Collagen production declines naturally with age, starting the structural pattern of the skin and so wrinkles begin to appear. But more disabling and debilitating is the weakening of the cartilage in the joints.
What collagen offers to us
- It improves the texture of the skin and hair
- It blocks joint degeneration and reduces associated pain
- It regulates intestinal hyper-permeability
- It enhances general metabolism and muscle mass
- It strengthens the integuments (nails, hair, teeth)
- It strengthens the vitality of the liver
- It protects the cardiovascular system
- It increases the production of energy
The relationship between Vitamin C and collagen
Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry and Medicine, has shown that collagen synthesis is achieved through a chemical reaction exchanging an H + ion against an OH- ion, thereby destroying the vitamin C molecule; a similar chemical reaction occurs during collagen assembly in tissues, which dismisses the hypothesis that vitamin C is a simple catalyst (a catalyst, by definition, is something that favours the reaction by its mere presence without participating). Our reconstruction is continuous, which justifies the need for a constant supply of vitamin C in our daily food, knowing that we – humans – do not ‘stock’ it.
The scurvy suffered by seafarers of the past on their long voyages was precisely because of a deficiency of vitamin C. Their production of collagen being insufficient, and their bodies literally decomposed at the level of the blood vessels, the bones, the joints, the skin and finally the immune system and heart; and they eventually died! That suffering lasted until they discovered all was resolved by shipping a load of limes to add to their daily diet while they were on these long voyages.
According to Pauling and Rath, the root cause of current heart disease is vitamin C deficiency, which limits the production of collagen.
Indeed, when the food intake of vitamin C is too low, the walls of the arteries become thinner, weaker, and crack, hence the logical formation of atheroma plaques (which Dr. Rath refers to as “natural plaster “) to strengthen them. The Foundation for Vitamin C (Vitamin C Foundation) has confirmed that it is the lack of collagen that causes the rupture of blood vessels, resulting in internal bleeding.
Dr Pauling’s thesis, supported by a patent in the United States, has shown that high doses of vitamin C (maximum 5,000 mg per day in natural vitamin) and lysine (6,000 mg per day) taken orally can prevent and also dissolve existing atherosclerotic plaques.
- We do not produce our daily vitamin C needs
- We need to get vitamin C in our diet and / or supplements
- Vitamin C is essential for collagen production
- Vitamin C is destroyed during the collagen manufacturing process in our bodies
- Our vitamin C needs are highly variable depending on our activity and our stresses
Let’s look at three forms of vitamins C
Natural Vitamin C of Acerola:
In tablets dosed at 700 mg or 1,000 mg, the maximum tolerable daily dose is 5,000 mg. Taking that much per day via these tables is not dangerous but can create bloating, nauseated states, loose stools, a small diarrhea.
Note: Vitamin C sold in pharmacies is very sparingly dosed and mixed with other products such as caffeine, which excite, while pure vitamin C calms and depresses.
Vitamin C synthesis:
The manufacturing process is very simply from glucose, as in the production process in animals (animals can still ‘manufacturer’ the Vitamin C their bodies require. Humans lost that ability many thousands of years ago). If it is purified, buffered to pH7 and associated with lysine. This gives an excellent tolerance that can allow us to increase doses to 50,000 mg per day in some cases, and even more. Unfortunately this allotropic form does not match a natural molecular geometry, and so absorption in the body is limited.
Liposomal Vitamin C
A liposome is like a bag that carries a substance in your body and cells. It is incredibly effective in accomplishing this task because it is made of fat. It turns out that it is the same type of fat that makes up the cell membranes, which allows it to cross this barrier much more easily. In addition, the liposomes are tiny and can thus pass through all the smallest cracks of our cell barriers.
This formula micro-coated by ultrasound in oil gives it an exceptional performance and cell penetration.
According to reports, 5,000 mg of oral liposomal vitamin C is equivalent, at the cellular level, to 50,000 mg of natural vitamin C. This is a huge advantage which, moreover, does not give digestive inconveniences. (Roughly, 1 teaspoon = 1,000 mg. That is 10,000 mg of natural vitamin digested without any problem.)