Diane McLaren's Healthy You Naturally Monthly Newsletter

November Issue 2010

Diane McLaren C.C.Ir., R.O.H.P., R.N.C.P.

Fall is in full swing so building on last month's issue of how to avoid getting sick by strengthening the immune system, this month I'll talk about the mighty Vitamin C!

A lot of clients ask me about why I don't recommend Vitamin C and it's really not about just Vitamin C, so in this issue I'll share why, as essential as it is, Vitamin C alone is not enough.

I hope you find value in this information and thank you for allowing me to share my passion, training and experience with you. 

I welcome all comments & feedback! 

Warm & Healthy Regards,

Warm & Healthy Regards, Diane

Diane McLaren C.C.Ir., R.O.H.P., R.N.C.P.
Holistic Health Practitioner, Nutritionist & Iridologist
Healthy You Naturally Wellness Centre
(905) 855-3000

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It is impossible to do justice to this wonderful natural antibiotic in a few lines though I wanted to mention it briefly because it`s a question I get asked often this time of the year.

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  • Many clients have used other medical and natural antibiotics with no or little benefit, and some were even in their 5th round of antibiotics.  When they started using Silver Guard, they improved!  It can be used daily as prevention too.

In Canada: Note that Nature’s Silver Guard had to undergo a name change because of government regulations.  It is the same great and effective product inside the bottle!

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The Story Behind Why I Don't Recommend Vitamin C

How to avoid getting sick

So let’s start with a bit of background on vitamin C and wouldn't you know, there is an ancient Chinese awareness of it`s benefits!

Modern information and benefits of (vitamin C in)citrus fruits as a natural treatment dates back to widespread scurvy outbreaks in the British Navy during the 1600's due to long sea voyages and lack of fresh supplies. 

The British learned from the Dutch, who likely got the information from the Chinese, who were themselves aware of the special protective properties of certain foods dating back to the 5th century.

The information was citrus fruits, and in the case of the British Navy, lemons (later limes) which could ward off scurvy. The endearing term limey has been associated with the British people since that time!

Even today, nature still holds many secrets

Early Vitamin Studies - By the late 1920’s one constituent of the citrus juice, ascorbic acid, had been identified and soon became known as Vitamin C.

Vitamin C was well studied early on and I can certainly understand the benefits of Vitamin C for the immune system.  Controversy aside, twice Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling often referred to as the "Father of Vitamin C" published a book on that topic called "How to Live Longer and Feel Better".  He also wrote "Vitamin C and the Common Cold".

By the way, the early British seamen did not benefit from Vitamin C alone; unknowingly, they received a dramatically more complete nutrient profile by consuming the fruits. 

Some of those nutrient values are only recently discovered, others remain under research and ultimately, nature still holds many secrets!

So now, let me share this story with you …

I was buying diapers in 1996, and while checking out, noticed a natural health magazine talking about newly discovered “Phytochemicals – Nature’s Pharmacy”.

I was really intrigued to see the term “phytochemical”  in a mainstream magazine, as the only other place I had heard of this was in my herbal nutrition classes. 

  • FYI: Phytochemicals, like those found in the bark of the white willow tree have been used since before the time of Hippocrates to naturally address fever, pain and so on because they had been observed to offer relief. 
  • More recently science has begun extracting & synthesizing individual nutrient elements, yet it still lacks the technology to mimic the wholeness of nature.

I bought that magazine and here are some still relevant points, 14 years later:

  • Beyond Vitamin C, “Most recently, scientists have found another group of compounds that may promote health – phytochemicals, which occur naturally in plants and have tremendous medical and health benefits that may protect against heart disease, cancer and other diseases.” 
  • Later in the article “citrus fruits alone contain 58 known anti-cancer compounds” and it went on to talk about bioflavonoids.
  • FYI, bioflavonoids are the white part of an orange that most do not eat!

Now step back in time a bit more …

In the early 1990's I was completing my herbal and nutritionist training.  At that time, I did not study bioflavonoids because they had not yet been discovered!  Imagine that!

We as humans consuming citrus fruits are receiving benefit from ingredients we don`t even know exist.  Science may figure it out someday, but today it has yet to approach the incredible technology of nature, even in its simplest living forms.

  • FYI, bioflavonoids originally called vitamin P, are essential for the proper absorption and assimilation of vitamin C in the human body.
  • People who have an acidic tendency or difficulty with their stomach have trouble with isolated Vitamin C.  The reason for this is that Vitamin C alone is highly acidic! 
  • It is why there are so many types of vitamin C today and it evolved for example to include “buffered vitamin C, ester C, and so many others”.

What herb delivers high Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids

I learned in my early herbal studies that rosehip is one of the herbs with the highest amount of vitamin C and does not cause acidity in the body.  This is because as a herb, rosehip contains numerous supportive vitamins, minerals and other nutrients necessary for effective absorption and certainly elements we don't yet know or understand.

With whole herbs, we get the benefits ...  without the negatives e.g. side-effects.

  • With further research, I found out that rosehip also contain bioflavonoids!

How interesting, nature knew and still knows better!  After years of recommending rosehip to clients who experienced pronounced improvement, they were getting their necessary “bioflavonoids” as well C, even as we mortal humans had not yet discovered everything.

  • FYI: Native Americans used rose hips as food, it was available all year round

Over the years, I have seen so many people choosing single OTC nutrients e.g. a vitamin or a mineral and not getting satisfactory results vs. whole herbs (plants) high in the same nutrients but including naturally supportive elements.

For example, Calcium or Iron consumed alone. While topic for another article, they are examples of and subject to the same scientific isolation problems of Vitamin C resulting in lost benefits to provide essential nutrition and healing benefits.

As I frequently tell my clients, I have yet to see a Vitamin C bush, flower or tree - only oranges, green peppers, rosehip and similar offer the nutritional boost and benefit.

Why Rosehip vs. Vitamin C alone

I hope this helps you to understand why I prefer to use rosehip, instead of single vitamin C. 

  • Rosehip contains all the necessary bioflavonoids, the ones we know of to date, the ones yet to be discovered and of course, high Vitamin C levels
  • Rosehip it is not acidic like science replicated vitamin c
  • Rosehips have numerous observed health benefits including infections, sore throat, earaches,  blood purifier, nervousness, bruises, cramps, dizziness, headaches, adrenal glands, PMS, hot flashes, skin disorders and more.
  • NSP Rosehip Canada: Rosehip pn 580-1, $15.64 (100 caps)
  • NSP Rosehip USA: Rosehip pn 580-1, $13.65 (100 caps)
  • Label: NSP GUARANTEED PURE Vital Nutritional Support. Natural Source of Vitamin C, Rich Supply of Bioflavonoids and Supports Immune Function

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Got questions about NSP?  Ask me!  I've used and recommended NSP's exceptional herbal products since the 1980's.

Interested in a personal consultation?

If you have questions about information in this article or would like to get a personalized assessment of where your body strengths and weaknesses are and put a wellness plan in place, I would be honored to be of service. 

Warm & Healthy Regards!

Diane McLaren
(905) 855-3000

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