Adrenal burnout, reduced immune function, and increased inflammation are just a few of the side effects caused by a lack of vitamin C. This crucial nutrient plays a major rule in the repair and recovery process of those with gluten sensitivity. Unfortunately, a multivitamin does not contain enough. Let’s take a look at 9 key functions of Vitamin C (ascorbate):
“Ascorbate decreases the mucosal inflammatory response to gluten…”
Research Resource: Allergol Immunopathol (Madr). 2012 Jan-Feb;40(1):3-8. Epub 2011 Mar 21.
This is just one more reason to make sure that you are checking your vitamin and mineral levels twice per year. So many of us are cross contaminated with gluten on a regular basis, and lack of this essential vitamin could contribute to even greater damage. It is a well established fact that gluten can contribute to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Most doctors measure for iron and vitamin D levels as part of their standard laboratory follow up in patients with celiac disease. Unfortunately, only looking at iron and vitamin D is not comprehensive enough because nutritional deficiencies (and in this case – vitamin C) can reduce a patients ability to heal and respond to a gluten free diet.
Remember, if you are taking certain medications, you may also be blocking the effects of this powerful nutrient. Some of the most commom vitamin C blockers and disruptors are listed below:
Food sources of vitamin C are essential. Keep in mind that with over farming of soil, environmental pollutants, use of growth hormones, pesticides, etc have all contributed to a lower level of vitamin C concentration in many foods. The following is a list of some excellent food based sources:
Vitamin C is a potent immune modulator and it helps with antioxidant function. That means it is crucial for calming down an overactive immune response as well as protecting cells from ongoing inflammatory damage. Vitamin C helps the adrenal glands make epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol. These hormones are vital for reducing inflammation and regulating the stress response. When these functions falter, many doctors refer to it as ADRENAL BURNOUT. Vitamin C helps the body form collage, a structural protein that gives the skin elasticity and integrity… Some of the most common symptoms of vitamin C deficiency are bleeding gums, and easy bruising.
Warning: Many forms of vitamin C are derived form corn. Corn is a major problem for those with gluten issues, and I have seen patients have issues with corn derived forms of vitamin C. Aside from the problem with corn, many brands of vitamin C are not fully reduced. This equates to a less potent supplement with diminished benefit. That is one of the reasons why I developed Detox C.
Detox C is a fully reduced, corn free, ascorbate (vitamin C) with absolutely no fillers, no grain, no yeast, no MSG, no dairy, and no sugar. There are no hidden chemicals or preservatives, just pure vitamin C.
Most vitamin C products on the market are counter productive for those with gluten sensitivity because they contain hard to digest fillers and are produced from vitamin C. Each tabsule of Detox C contains 1000 mg of fully reduced pure vitamin C.