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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Vitamin C

Rosehips contain lots of vitamin C. They are often used to make preserves and syrups.

Not too long ago I did a post on Vitamin C and it's effects. Nothing much was mentioned about negative effects, as long as you didn't overdo it (which we already know. Everything with "too" in front of it is not good!) Gosh, was I surprised when I came across this:

"Q: I read about a Duke University study that found very high levels of vitamin C accelerated joint damage and pain in people with OA. I also read about another study that showed people who ate the largest amounts of high-vitamin C foods had less disease progression and joint pain. Does vitamin C help OA or make it worse?

A: You are not the only one to feel confused. Information on vitamin C and OA, as you have found, is inconsistent. Although there are few certainties about the OA,vitamin C connection, some evidence does exist; it is just not yet conclusive.

OA is caused by cartilage damage in the joint. Antioxidant vitamins, including vitamin C, are thought to protect joint tissue, such as cartilage, from breaking down. Vitamin C is also needed to make type II collagen, an important component of cartilage. Scientists have speculated that inadequate amounts of vitamin C in tissues could decrease the ability of cartilage to handle wear and tear, as well as decrease the ability of the cartilage cells to repair collagen.


There have been limited studies to test these theories, and the results of those that have been done are quite contradictory. For example, one study reported that high dietary levels of vitamin C led to less severe OA ,less cartilage-loss and less-damaged cartilage, then low vitamin C diets. In contrast, another study, in which the researchers were expecting to verify the protective effect of vitamin C, showed that vitamin C supplementation worsened the severity of OA.


As a result, I can only recommend consuming the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C, currently 75 to 90 milligrams (mg) per day, by eating citrus and other fruits. Going beyond the RDA is OK as long as you don't exceed the tolerable upper intake level (UL) of 2,000 mg. Currently there is no consistent evidence that high levels of vitamin C keep arthritis from developing, but there are known toxic effects of too much vitamin C. Consuming more than 2,000 mg can increase the amount of iron you absorb, which could be unsafe for people with hemochromatosis. And large doses (4,000 mg or more) can cause uric acid crystals, which can aggravate gout.
~Arthritis Foundation::
MARY FRAN SOWERS, PhD, RDRegistered Dietitian and Epidemiologist"

I am not in agreement with the expression: everything with "too" in front of it, is not good.
I guess there are always exceptions to the rule, huh? You can not overdo or get too much of God:-)

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

14 Comments:

Blogger jel said...

hey sis, just left you a note!

February 28, 2007 6:12 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Jel,
I just responded! I guess we both are "in sinc" today, huh? grin.

Love ya.

February 28, 2007 6:17 AM  
Blogger Pia said...

thinking of you... i'll update my blog soon. missed you and papu! (((HUGS)))

February 28, 2007 7:14 PM  
Blogger Redeemed said...

Hi Corry,

I love the way you think. Cant' get enough of your blog ;) I find it beautiful, maybe it's because you have a beautiful soul.

God bless,
Sarah

February 28, 2007 9:24 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Pia,
Miss you too, girl and I will be looking forward to your update!

(((HUGS))) and love.

Sarah,
Thank you so much for that sweet comment! I think the same of you:-)

And I think we both know, it's not my soul that is beautiful, but God's love, which I hope and work for, reflects in/through me! :-)

(((HUGS))) little sister.

God's Grace.

March 01, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Dearest Corry

How are you?
I read about the twister in Alabama.

The pic is so nice on your post.
Please take care.

Thank you for your words of encouragement on my blog.
Much appreciated, lieve zus =)

(((HUGS))) and much <3

March 01, 2007 7:10 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
You are most welcome, lieve zus. I hope and pray the comments helped some. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts.

We are doing fine and escaped most of the storm. We had some wind and it poured for a little while, but God blessed and we were spared the worst. Unlike many other counties here. We heard on the news there were at least 13 people killed in AL, due to the storms. May God bless their families with comfort and strength.

And how are you doing, lieve zus?

Many (((HUGS))) and love.

God's Grace.

March 02, 2007 4:24 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Praise the Lord!
You and your beloveds were protected from the twister.
I'm so happy for you, Corry.

Our Lord is so good all the time!

I'm ok. Moving on. Getting by.
I call my Dad everyday.
He's fine. He has a group of faithful morning walk buddies who keeps him company.

Please take care.
Keep yourself warm when it rains too heavily.

Please give a tight, tight hug to Baby Casey for me =)

March 02, 2007 4:50 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
I am grateful to hear your Dad is fine. I don't really like the sound of you "getting by". I understand it's difficult and not a light-switch. You know you can always talk about it. I am here for you.:-)

I will give baby Casey a hug from you. No, not a tight, tight one. I don't want to smother the little critter, haha.

(((HUGS))) lieve zus!

God's Grace.

March 02, 2007 5:39 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Corry, I am so glad you are all okay. Gordon and I were discussing the storm then saw the news about AL. We are glad you are safe. Blessing to you and your family.

March 02, 2007 9:54 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Amy,
Thanks girl. We were blessed! I hope the wheather will be better upon your stay. Looking forward to it:-)

God's Grace.

March 02, 2007 6:47 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

HaHaHa! Lieve zus!
I like your sense of humour so much.
Yeah! Just a gentle hug with Baby Casey =)

Your phrase "light switch" comes to my mind very frequently. It's so appropriate.

Yes, I'll remember that you're always around. Thank you so much Corry. You're so attentive and loving.

(((HUGS))) and much love!

March 04, 2007 4:18 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
I already gave him a gentle hug from you:-) And I will take this opportunity to do it again, hehe.

You know, lots of people expect you to "be over it" and go on with life, after the initial shock and hectic times. But that is when the real hurt and missing start and when you really can use and need the encouragement, understanding and comfort. The hurt will never go away, but God will give you what you need to ease the pain. The grieving period will take time and no matter what everyone expects or thinks, you need it and have every right to.

Our prayers are with you, lieve zus!

Much love and many (((HUGS)))!

God's Grace.

March 04, 2007 8:31 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

You say it best, Corry =)
Thank you.

March 07, 2007 1:45 AM  

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