posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 06:38 PM
There's quite a few threads right now about the h151 flu virus circulating which could cause a global pandemic, like in the past. The thing is, in
the past we didn't have the knowledge we do now. It wasn't too long ago that germs were considered fantasy, and nutrients were unknown! Now we have
the knowledge and ability to fend off virus's on the cheap using our own immune system by boosting it's universal limiting factor, vitamin-c.
There's only a few animals that don't synthesize vitamin-c. To them, it's an amino acid, not a vitamin. Humans require the nutrient from dietary
food sources. Ascorbic acid has over 10,000 functions in a healthy human.
We all know that if you don't consume a marginal, 50-60mg average daily intake of vit-c, scurvy develops. What isn't well known is that it also
serves equally important roles at higher doses under certain circumstances. It's proven that vit-c is more readily absorbed into the bloodstream when
disease sets in. Animals produce copious amounts of vit-c daily, even small ones! Under stress, their production will increase drastically. The
average daily equivalent dosage for humans when compared to most animals, is around 5 grams daily!
I don't fully understand how ascorbic acid fights off bird flu, but it does! I'm providing a link which comes from a search at Google Scholar. This
article claims that intracellular ascorbic acid levels are directly proportionate to T-cell count! It also lists other ways which vit-c may fend off
virus's. It speaks of it acting as a reducing agent? It has to do with the ionic potential of vit-c c, I think.
Take a look at this and let me know what you think.
If you go to Google Scholar and type in "sodium ascorbate avian flu", it's the fourth article that shows up.
Ascorbic Acid Role in Containment of the World Avian Flu Pandemic
Here's an additional article that better explains the unique reducing properties of ascorbic acid.
UNIQUE FUNCTION of VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is a reducing substance, an electron donor. When vitamin C donates its two high-energy electrons to scavenge free radicals, much of the
resulting dehydroascorbate is rereduced to vitamin C and therefore used repeatedly. Conventional wisdom is correct in that only small amounts of
vitamin C are necessary for this function because of its repeated use. The point missed is that the limiting part in nonenzymatic free radical
scavenging is the rate at which extra high-energy electrons are provided through NADH to rereduce the vitamin C and other free radical scavengers.
When ill, free radicals are formed at a rate faster than the high- energy electrons are made available. Doses of vitamin C as large as 1 to 10 grams
per 24 hours do only limited good. However, when ascorbate is used in massive amounts, such as 30 to 200+ grams per 24 hours, these amounts directly
provide the electrons necessary to quench the free radicals of almost any inflammation. Additionally, in high concentrations ascorbate reduces NAD(P)H
and therefore can provide the high-energy electrons necessary to reduce the molecular oxygen used in the respiratory burst of phagocytes. In these
functions, the ascorbate part is mostly wasted but the necessary high-energy electrons are provided in large amounts.
[edit on 24-4-2009 by unityemissions]