I've been using Heart Technology for nearly 6 months and really like it. I have a couple of questions:
1. I read something from a reputable health supplement company today that concerns me. Here's the quote:
"Of course, the manufacturers oblige by producing products with higher and higher doses. Now, in the case of Vitamin C you shouldn't take any more than 400mgs a day in ascorbic acid form unless you are sick. This is because excess ascorbic acid reacts with your stomach acid and will actually produce free radicals instead of 'absorbing' them.
High doses of Vitamin C should only be taken intravenously for serious illnesses."
I know Linus Pauling treated his illness with intravenous vitamin C. I's there any truth to the above statement?
2. Since Heart Technology gets rid of plaque in the heart/blood vessels, does it also remove plaque in the brain?
At first glance, the idea that vitamin C in excess of 400 mg creates free radicals in the stomach begs many questions. How did they determine the 400 mg number? Does the stomach pH matter? Is the "free radical" the ascorbate free radical or dehydroascorbic acid (DHA)? If DHA, this statement may be partially true, however, these "free radicals" are absorbed, and are not harmful. (DHA is able to pass through membranes easier than unoxidized ascorbic acid. DHA may be the reason why vitamin C can be absorbed into the blood stream through the stomach lining.)
You say this is a reputable manufacturer? Who is it, and where is this information published? We'd love to review any science behind this statement, but it sounds too contrived. The arbitrary 400 mg number is a dead giveaway.
Regarding #2, vitamin C does pass through the blood-brain barrier and in theory, would provide protection against strokes.