Vitamin C is pitted head-to-head in opposition to antibiotics for bacterial vaginal infections.
A examine revealed in 1999 raised the thrilling risk that “low-cost, easy, innocuous and ubiquitous vitamin C” dietary supplements might stop a situation often known as preeclampsia, however after a decade of analysis, we realized that was merely a false hope and that vitamin C dietary supplements appear to play little function in ladies’s well being. However this was in regard to oral vitamin C, not vaginal vitamin C, which has been found to be an efficient therapy for bacterial vaginosis, an all too widespread gynecological dysfunction characterized by a foul-smelling, watery, grey discharge, which I talk about in my video Treating Bacterial Vaginosis with Vaginal Vitamin C.
Bacterial vaginosis “can finest be described as an ‘ecological catastrophe’ of the vaginal microflora.” The nice, regular, lactobacillus-type micro organism get displaced by a military of dangerous micro organism. Probiotics could help, repopulating the nice micro organism, however the motive the dangerous micro organism took over within the first place was that the pH was off. I’ve talked earlier than concerning the function weight loss plan could play within the growth of the situation. (See my video Bacterial Vaginosis and Diet for extra.) For instance, saturated fats consumption could increase vaginal pH, permitting for the expansion of undesirable micro organism, so why not attempt to re-acidify the vagina with ascorbic acid, in any other case often known as vitamin C? This isn’t simply plain vitamin C tablets however specifically formulated silicone-coated dietary supplements that release vitamin C slowly, in order to not be irritating. How nicely do they work? 100 ladies affected by the situation have been split into two teams, and the vaginal vitamin C beat out placebo. However how does vitamin C evaluate with typical remedy, an antibiotic gel?
This is a crucial query. “Though perceived as a light medical drawback,” bacterial vaginosis could improve the chance of a number of gynecological problems, together with issues throughout being pregnant, while you wish to keep away from taking medicine every time potential. The vitamin C appeared to work as successfully because the antibiotic. So, vitamin C can actually help, particularly within the first trimester of being pregnant while you actually don’t wish to utilizing medicine like topical antibiotics. And for girls with recurrent episodes, utilizing vitamin C for six days after every cycle appears to chop the chance of recurrence in half, as you possibly can see at 2:36 in my video.
One other option to get vitamin C into the physique is by dripping it instantly into the vein. Does that really do something? See:
For these of us preferring to get vitamin C the old school manner, by means of the mouth and in meals fairly than dietary supplements, the query turns into What Is the Optimal Vitamin C Intake?
When you’re contemplating taking oral vitamin C in dietary supplements as a substitute, make certain to look at this video first: Do Vitamin C Supplements Prevent Colds But Cause Kidney Stones?.
In well being,
Michael Greger, M.D.
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