Re: Vitamin C, Lecithin, and Bowel Tolerance
For several months, I got used to 5000mg of regular (non-lipo) oral VC being my bowel tolerance, which I took first thing in the AM. Then I would make a batch of about 15000mg of homemake lipo which I would take throughout the day...
Before 1 teaspoon of regular VC was definately bowel tolerance. Definately not the case now.
Is absorption improved now or is absorption being blocked?
So you meant bowel-tolerance with non-encapsulated vitamin C.
However, there is a misunderstanding regarding bowel-tolerance, though there is definitely a 'bowel-tolerance' per serving, this is much much lower than what is meant titrating up to to bowel tolerance, where smaller doses are taken throughout the day until a liquid stool occurs. For example my 'single serving' tolerance was somewhere above 8 grams, but with the meaning of titrating up to bowel tolerance by taking 8 grams every 2 hours (9 times during one day) I was coming close to my bowel tolerance of 50 g per day. (By spreading it out even further by taking less but more frequently, like every 20 minutes, I probably could have pushed it even a bid higher)
By taking your maximal tolerable single serving of 5 gram once in AM only and not titrating any further you simple don't know your bowel tolerance yet (a term which is meaningless to apply to a single serving, since without titrating any further you wont be able to fight even a simple cold with vitamin C...)
To answer you question if absorption is improved because your tolerating more than 5 gram with a single serving as before, usually the bodies ability to absorb oral vitamin C is growing exponentially with, for example, some infection going on, and decreased with good health because it doesn't needs as much.
BOWEL TOLERANCE METHOD
In 1970, I discovered that the sicker a patient was, the more ascorbic acid he would tolerate by mouth before diarrhea was produced. At least 80% of adult patients will tolerate 10 to 15 grams of ascorbic acid fine crystals in 1/2 cup water divided into 4 doses per 24 hours without having diarrhea. The astonishing finding was that all patients, tolerant of ascorbic acid, can take greater amounts of the substance orally without having diarrhea when ill or under stress. This increased tolerance is somewhat proportional to the toxicity of the disease being treated. Tolerance is increased some by stress (e.g., anxiety, exercise, heat, cold, etc.)(see FIGURE I). Admittedly, increasing the frequency of doses increases tolerance perhaps to half again as much, but the tolerances of sometimes over 200 grams per 24 hours were totally unexpected. Representative doses taken by tolerant patients titrating their ascorbic acid intake between the relief of most symptoms and the production of diarrhea were as follows:
TABLE I - USUAL BOWEL TOLERANCE DOSES
GRAMS ASCORBIC ACID NUMBER OF DOSES
CONDITION PER 24 HOURS PER 24 HOURS
normal 4 - 15 4 - 6
mild cold 30 - 60 6 - 10
severe cold 60 - 100+ 8 - 15
influenza 100 - 150 8 - 20
ECHO, coxsackievirus 100 - 150 8 - 20
mononucleosis 150 - 200+ 12 - 25
viral pneumonia 100 - 200+ 12 - 25
hay fever, asthma 15 - 50 4 - 8
food allergy 0.5 - 50 4 - 8
burn, injury, surgery 25 - 150+ 6 - 20
anxiety, exercise and
other mild stresses 15 - 25 4 - 6
cancer 15 - 100 4 - 15
ankylosing spondylitis 15 - 100 4 - 15
Reiter's syndrome 15 - 60 4 - 10
acute anterior uveitis 30 - 100 4 - 15
rheumatoid arthritis 15 - 100 4 - 15
bacterial infections 30 - 200+ 10 - 25
infectious hepatitis 30 - 100 6 - 15
candidiasis 15 - 200+ 6 - 25
FIGURE 1. REPRESENTATIVE DOSES TO TREAT ACUTE SYMPTOMS OF
DISEASE IN PATIENTS VERY TOLERANT TO ASCORBIC ACID