The Natural Way, Aug. 2 edition

Thursday, August 2, 2012

What would it be like if a very safe and easily digestible common vitamin could be taken that would have far ranging benefit to our health?

Suppose this inexpensive ordinary vitamin wasn't so ordinary any longer. Suppose, as well, that it was beneficial for staying healthy, a well-known remedy for colds and flu, boosted our immune system health, slowed down the effects of aging and was proven in studies to have an effect on cancer and its metastasis (spread)?

Now how would you change your view of a common and ordinary vitamin if it did all this?

The vitamin that already does all of this is ascorbyl palmitate. It is a variation of vitamin C though ascorbyl palmitate is very different as it stays in your system longer.

It gets into cells more easily and will actually cross the blood brain barrier providing the strong and beneficial antioxidant benefits. Unlike regular vitamin C that is water soluble, ascorbyl palmitate is fat soluble like vitamin E.

Most everyone knows that regular vitamin C passes through your system very fast because it is water soluble. Ascorbyl palmitate doesn't. I found no evidence of toxicity at 2000mg/day. Though this is esterfied it is not the same as the supplement that is patented and trademarked as Ester-C (R).

I came across this version of vitamin C while reviewing a paper on supplemental treatment of cancer. The author claims to be a colleague of a scientist/physician that I knew back in my Harbor/UCLA Medical Center days, namely, Dr. Jerome Block.

Dr. Block was the chairman of the Department of Oncology. I was technical/administrative supervisor of the Division of Nuclear Medicine during the time. We saw a great deal of cancer and often worked in concert. I was unaware that Dr. Block was very interested in the use of natural food supplements; in fact, he published a number of studies on their usefulness.

When I did a PubMed search through the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, I found 18 published abstracts of research referencing ascorbyl palmitate -- the first of which documented usefulness in reducing metastasis published by a Japanese university.

Not at all bad, for a vitamin that costs less than $20 for 25 days.

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