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How many mg of ascorbic acid should I take to help me heal?I have chickenpox and currently taking 500mg vit c twice a day + 50mg. A total of 1050mg.

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Up to 20,000 mg/day!

The sicker you are the more vitamin c you need.
A common concept by nutritionally-oriented docs is to take as much vit c as your body can absorb- you know you are at the limit when you get loose stools (this is called bowel tolerance). Try 2000 mg every 1-2 hours until you get loose stools to find out how much your body needs- see http://bit.Ly/1dml8dy for details!

In brief: Up to 20,000 mg/day!

The sicker you are the more vitamin c you need.
A common concept by nutritionally-oriented docs is to take as much vit c as your body can absorb- you know you are at the limit when you get loose stools (this is called bowel tolerance). Try 2000 mg every 1-2 hours until you get loose stools to find out how much your body needs- see http://bit.Ly/1dml8dy for details!
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Mark Sibley
Dr.Baker is correct...And I agree that there is a common misconception (even by old doctors) that the 60 mg. Vit.C dose in a one-a-day vitamin is ''enough''...It is NOT..All recent studies are showing that 1,000-20,000/day may be needed in certain illnesses or conditions in certain patients......And maybe even more in smokers !!.DO NOT go out and start taking 20,000/day yet though...
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