Vitamin C for Cold & Flu

March 31, 2009

Last week I started to get symptoms of the flu-like plague that has spread like wildfire through almost everyone I know.  Most people that experienced it told me it lasts anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks and to just brace myself for misery.  Being the scientist that I am, I decided to use this misfortune as an opportunity to do an experiment on myself.  I have been reading a lot about vitamin C lately and decided to see whether it shortened the duration of this dreaded cold.

My main complaint during this time was being so congested that I couldn’t sleep.  Coincidentally, I found that when I started my experiment by taking 1,000 mg of powdered vitamin C dissolved in a little bit of water mixed with apple juice my congestion was immediately relieved for about 30 minutes.  This dose is on the high end to take all at once, but I wanted to take it further and actually find out how much vitamin C I needed (our bodies need more when we’re sick or under stress) by undergoing a protocol called a “Vitamin C Flush”.  Here is a link to the instructions that I followed:

The vitamin C which I used, and which is the best type of vitamin C for most people to use for this protocol is a fully-reduced, buffered vitamin C powder such as the one we sell at Marilyn Farms (Vitamin C Powder).

Without giving away too much info, I wanted to share with you that in order to get the…desired result…I had to take 25,000 mg of vitamin C over the course of 24 hours.  That is a LOT more than it normally takes me when I do a flush, which showed me that my body really needed the extra boost.  I was able to beat the 3-week flu in 2 days, and I credit that to vitamin C!

NOTE: Please talk to your physician before making any dietary or supplement changes.  This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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  1. wow. I remember hearing about this before but thank you for the link! Really interesting that your body needed so much more when you are sick.


    Comment by Saralyn — March 31, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

  2. Thank you for this. Makes me want to do one when I am well just to see what the results would be.


    Comment by Liz — April 6, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

  3. I can’t wait to get sick so I can try the Vitamin C flush. Thanks for everyone’s help.


    Comment by David — April 6, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  4. Would this be a good thing to do as part of a normal cleanse?


    Jessica Forbes Reply:

    It would be great as a cleanse on its own, but I wouldn’t necessarily combine it with another cleanse program unless your healthcare provider thinks it would be good for you.


    Comment by Lysandra — April 7, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

  5. I am going to do one right now! Thank you for all of this great info!


    Comment by Rachel — April 10, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

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  7. Here’s a question: can you use pure vitamin C crystals (non buffered) for a flush? Or would that make it unsafe in any way?


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