Heal Thyself with Homemade Liposomal Vitamin C

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“In fact even when there is not a single outward symptom of trouble, a person may be in a state of vitamin C deficiency more dangerous than scurvy itself. When such a condition is not detected, and continues uncorrected, the teeth and bones will be damaged, and what may be even more serious, the blood stream is weakened to the point where it can no longer resist or fight infections not so easily cured as scurvy.” –Food and Life Yearbook 1939, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Vitamin C has been a long-time favorite supplement for many and for very good reasons. It is the one thing that has made the whole difference for detox purposes, but it has also saved the lives of many around the world. It has regained popularity recently as a DNA protector from free radical damage in workers with severe radiation exposure at the Fukushima nuclear plant, where workers had no significant change in both free DNA and overall cancer risk when supplemented with vitamin C.

Vitamin C also helps manufacture collagen, vital for the health of all our tissues and the repair of blood vessels, teeth, joints and bones. It also helps to normalize blood pressure, heal degenerative diseases and prevent premature aging. It is vital so our immune system can fight viruses, bacteria and other microbes. Vitamin C is also important in the synthesis of brain chemicals such as our happy mood neurotransmitter – serotonin.

Megadose Vitamin C

 

Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling and Dr. Irwin Stone have helped pioneer the concept of orthomolecular medicine which uses megadose vitamin therapy – vitamin C in doses higher than those required for normal cellular functions. When taken in very high doses (10 or 100 grams or more per day, depending upon the person’s requirements and illness) vitamin C fights off serious illness. For instance, when the body is challenged by cancer, colds, toxicity or diseases, we are overwhelmed with free radical production. This is when our requirements of vitamin C increases. Read about Vitamin C’s Historical and Miraculous Record.

Mainstream medicine remains in the dark when it comes to knowledge about vitamin C despite the miraculous effects it has had on people whose prognosis was fatal. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, is something you want to have in your medical cabinet, as it can save your life as it had done so for so  many people around the world. Vitamin C is also the best thing so far for adrenal support during very stressful times and/or when we feel extremely fatigued.

As a powerful water-soluble anti-oxidant that we are not capable to synthesize within our bodies, you might want to take 1 heaping teaspoon (4 grams) per day, when you first start detoxifying. During stressful times (either emotional or from illness) more doses are required, especially when you are eating a diet rich in carbs.

As it happens, vitamin C and sugar use the same port entry to access our cells and when there is little to no sugar to compete, a higher percentage of vitamin C gets into the cells making our requirements shrink. This is why our need for vitamin C goes down to the point where most people had to minimize or even eliminate it in a ketogenic diet – a diet based on animal foods and fats. And since most animals make their own vitamin C, it is possible to get enough vitamin C in a ketogenic diet without any plant foods by eating the proper parts of the animal: organs.

Keep in mind that vitamin C dosage should be built up gradually, and the same is also true for lowering the dose of vitamin C, in order for our bodies to adjust to the change. Going slowly also prevents Herxheimer reactions which come when you first start detoxifying. A Herxheimer reaction is an excretion of toxins from dying microbes (i.e. yeast overgrowth), sometimes called a ‘die off’ reaction.

Some say that pregnant women should not exceed 5 grams of vitamin C a day, although early pioneers on vitamin C have used very large doses for the benefit of both the mother and the baby. Large doses can cause diarrhea since excess vitamin C than your body requires doesn’t get absorbed. In time of illness, you can gradually increase vitamin C by 2 to 4 grams each hour until your tummy starts to gargle or you have a loose stool. This is what is known as titrating doses of vitamin C.

The most inexpensive vitamin C is ascorbic acid which you can get in bulk size, although other high quality forms and alkaline and better absorbed versions are available such as sodium ascorbate. If ascorbic acid gives you acidity, mix with some stevia, xylitol or a little bit of sodium bicarbonate to take the bite off.

For those concerned that vitamin C will increase their blood sugar levels, well, it seems that it doesn’t, even at doses of 2 grams every 3 hours.

Unfortunately, with so many medical regulations and drug protocols, vitamin C’s healing effects has remained in the back stage in a system ruled by Big Pharma. Despite this, it continues to help many around the world and it is starting to regain increasing popularity in conditions where no drug has made such a difference as vitamin C does.

Nowadays there are options that can substitute the intravenous (IV) vitamin C therapy in megadoses in the form of liposomal vitamin C which can be taken orally and made at home. If you are interested in getting the benefits of IV vitamin C in megadoses from the comfort of your home, don’t miss this relevant information!

Liposomal Vitamin C

 

A liposome is like a bag that carries a substance into your body and its cells. It is incredibly effective at this task since it is made out of fat. As it happens, it is the same type of fat that make up cell membranes, making the job of crossing this barrier much easier. Plus, liposomes are super tiny and in that way, they can go through every teensy crack of our cell barriers.

In order to achieve an effective megadose vitamin C dose – for instance, to kill cancer cells – you need to achieve a vitamin C blood level of around 250-350 mg/dl. An average person will typically have around 1 mg/dl on a fairly decent diet. After a 25 to 50 grams IV vitamin C therapy delivered in about a 90-minute period, the blood level is in the 200 to 300 mg/dl range.

Reports say that 6 g of oral liposomally-carried vitamin C is equal in delivering vitamin C inside cells, where it does its work, to 50 grams of intravenous vitamin C.

To make Liposomal Vitamin C, you need an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner like the one in the image. Just type on amazon.com or other store of your convenience and see which size is the most practical one for you.

Then you’ll need sunflower lecithin or non-GMO hexane free soy lecithin, and the vitamin C, preferably as sodium ascorbate.
Recipe

3 level tablespoons of lecithin.
1 level tablespoon of sodium ascorbate.
Dissolve the lecithin in 1 cup (240cc) of warm or cold water, preferably distilled. Let it soak for a couple of hours or so. It doesn’t have to clump, so using warm water is preferable (not hot!).

Dissolve the sodium ascorbate in 1/2 cup warm water, preferably distilled.

Pour both solutions together into the ultrasonic cleaner and mix for around 20 to 25 minutes.

A loading dose, for several months, of liposomal vitamin C is likely 2,000 mg three times a day, maintenance , 1,000 mg twice daily, increasing doses and amounts when needed.

This recipe provides 12 grams (12000 mg) of Vitamin C Ascorbate at about 70% – 90% liposomal encapsulation efficiency. It will keep at room temperature for about 3 to 4 days and refrigerated, it will keep much longer.

Recall that 6 grams of this stuff is the equivalent of 50 grams IV vitamin C. So you can take half the solution throughout the day for a day or two in case of illness. Wean off gradually throughout the days though, so no artificial drastic lack is perceived by the body.

I’ve used 3 tablespoons of sodium ascorbate with good absorption results as well. Three tablespoons instead of one tablespoon as indicated in the above recipe will yield around 16 grams of vitamin C per cup. The absorption of the liposomal variety is about 5 times the absorption of vitamin C straight, so that is approximately 80 effective grams (IV therapy).  That is a very high dose indeed! You will have to take that one cup throughout the day though, I doubt you’ll tolerate drinking in one seat without having diarrhea.

A note of caution

 

Those with iron overload (ask your physician to test for ferritin, transferrin, TIBC and iron) should keep in mind that vitamin C increases the absorption of iron into the body, especially in the heart where it can cause heart failure, palpitations and others. Ferritin levels should be ideally less than 80 and transferrin saturation should be less than 40%. If you are above those levels, you might want to donate some blood or refer to the Iron Disorders Institute. A great book on the subject is The Elephant Iron by Roberta Crawford.

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  1. Robert  March 10, 2017

    Dr Segura,
    Interesting when you say, “As it happens, vitamin C and sugar use the same port entry to access our cells …”
    So you are saying that Vitamin C adsorption into a cell is dependent upon insulin and insulin receptor sites on the cell wall? This, if true is very useful information especially when vinegar and cinnamon dramatically improve insulin sensitivity!
    ….Is this true and do you have any links that may be useful to me?

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    • Gabriela Segura, MD  March 10, 2017

      It’s pretty fascinating, isn’t it? People on a very low carb diet tolerate much less vitamin C. Very little C goes a long way when you don’t eat sugar.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16195374

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      • Robert  March 10, 2017

        I was worried after having experienced “Ferro-toxicty” that my glucose management may have been compromised. I purchased an insulin monitor and experimented daily for several weeks. After a few beers on an empty stomach my insulin levels spiked dramatically. When I took about 4 tablespoons of vinegar with water the insulin level would crash within a half hour, often to the point of hypoglycemia!
        If Vitamin C uses the same receptor sites and is dependent upon insulin sensitivity, then adsorption of Vitamin C might be as easy to enhance as consuming some vinegar before hand! :)
        …I love you!

      • Robert  March 10, 2017

        Just tried it again.
        Three Heineken Beers(11.5 grams of sugar per beer) on an empty stomach and I got an insulin level of 7.7 mMol/L
        I took 4 tablespoons of vinegar, a shot of Ceylon cinnamon/vodka tincture, and 10 grams of ascorbic acid mixed with 2 teaspoons of soy lecithin(blended in a blender).
        A half hour later the insulin level was 4.6 mMol/L, even after continuing to drink another 2 Heinekens in that time!
        I think we need to boost the insulin levels first using sugar to hyperglycemia or near hyperglycemia, and then pull the switch! Bodybuilders have long known about this when they want to enhance amino acid adsorption using a high glycemic meal. The difference is the vinegar that turbocharges the uptake once the insulin level peaks!
        It works for amino acids, and sugars, it should work for Vitamin C also! :)

      • Robert  March 10, 2017

        If after this I don’t get watery stool! My theory will have been proven! Let you know in a few hours! :)

      • Robert  March 11, 2017

        It worked!

      • Gabriela Segura, MD  March 11, 2017

        That is very interesting!

      • Robert  March 11, 2017

        Repeated the 10 gram dose of ascorbic acid 6 hours later, but used grapefruit juice to peak the insulin with instead. It’s 14 hours now after the first dose, 20 grams in total, and I am still completely dry! :)

    • Eddie  March 10, 2017

      In regards to the vinegar and cinnamon for insulin sensitivity, is there a specific protocol on how much to take daily? Thank you.

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      • Robert  March 11, 2017

        I find cinnamon/vodka tincture works and very well but only when not used very often. Vinegar however works time after time after time. I use about 4 tablespoons and mix it with water!

  2. Robert  March 13, 2017

    Dr Segura,
    What your recipe is lacking is consideration of the behavior of “Hydrophillic’ and ‘Hydrophobic’ molecules in an aqueous solution. If there is a single underlying principle that enables bio-chemistry it is this!
    Hydrophiic molecules attract other hydrophilic molecules and so do hydrophobic molecules attract other hydrophobic molecules.
    When aqueous phospholipids are exposed to a hydrophobic molecule like ‘Curcumin” the encapsulation is straight forward with the tails arranging to contact the curcumin and encapsulate the molecule in a simple phospholipid encirclement. This of course creates an entrophic minimum from the self-arranging, self-assembling assembly!
    But when you have a hydrophilic molecule like ascorbic acid, then the phospholipid encapsulation has to go to another degree of complexity, the phospholipid by-layer!
    To achieve the entrophic minimum and encapsulate vitamin C in phospholipids then you need to encapsulate it with this by-layer and form the by-layer first!
    Your method falls short in that you need to form the bylayer first using the ultrasonic energy, and then add the vitamin C after.
    Finish off with ice cubes in the mixture to further encourage the vesicle formation …And “Poof!”

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  3. sofia  March 28, 2017

    Hello Dr. Segura,

    i am contacting you from Greece :)
    i am really interesting on making this recipe, but i have 3 questions, if you could answer me please.

    1. may i use something else for lecithin?
    2. may i have some characteristics of which type of ultrasound cleaner is best to use?
    3. and at the repice when you say ” Pour both solutions together into the ultrasonic cleaner…”
    you mean that i mix both liquids into a bowl ( glass – plastic ?? ) and then i put the bowl in the ultrasound?

    Waiting for your replay!
    thank you!! :)

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    • Gabriela Segura, MD  March 28, 2017

      Hello Sofia,

      You can use sunflower lecithin, the consistency would be only slightly different. Invest in the ultrasonic cleaner within your budget, no reason to spend a lot of money. You can pre-mix both solutions in a bowl and then pour it on the ultrasonic cleaner for final mixing. Best!

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