This excerpt is taken from Dr. Dean's article, Why I Don't Need to Recommend CoQ10, as mentioned on her RnA ReSet Radio Show, The Vitamin C Show, on Monday, October 21, 2019:
I’ll first describe why I think whole food Vitamin C is superior to ascorbic acid.
According to their website The Vitamin C Foundation “is the world’s best information source on Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid (C6H8O6). The Foundation’s mission is to increase public knowledge about the extraordinary therapeutic value of supplemental Vitamin C.”
Nowhere on their website did I find a discussion comparing Vitamin C Complex and ascorbic acid. For many decades, in the minds of the public and practitioners, ascorbic acid has been synonymous with Vitamin C and that’s just not the case.
I turn to my friend, Kathleen Barnes who wrote a very interesting blog to answer the question “Is Vitamin C the Same as Ascorbic Acid? in January 2016.
Ms. Barnes reminds us that in the midst of cold and flu season “Ascorbic acid is only one of a complex variety of elements that make up the Vitamin C molecule. Alone, it may have some mild antibiotic effects, so if you have any kind of bacterial infection, large amounts of cheap ascorbic acid might offer some relief.”
This I didn’t know but counter to most of the alternative medicine community she says that “Taken on a long-term basis, ascorbic acid has been found to cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cause the breakdown of collagen in the arteries, kidney stones and more health problems, according to a 2012 study from the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.”
According to Ms. Barnes, ascorbic acid is only one element of the Vitamin C complex. Apparently, isolating the most active chemical substance in herbs and vitamins seems to be the focus of nutritional science. In fact, she says “All vitamins are extremely complex molecules that contain a large number of factors, some of which science hasn’t even identified. They work in concert, to produce health benefits that are far beyond those produced by one element, known as an isolate. And these elements are inseparable, meaning their benefits can only be realized when taken as part of a whole food molecule.”
When I was doing research for my new food-based Vitamin C, I learned from Ms. Barnes that “There is a synergistic effect of the multiple components of Vitamin C, including a number of inseparable co-factors, such as rutin, bio-flavonoids (vitamin p), factor k, factor j, factor p, ascorbinogen, protein chaperones, and various enzymes like tyrosinase, which together in their entirety constitute the whole food complex.”
Why are nutrients separated from their whole food source? Because isolates like ascorbic acid are cheaper to produce especially when they are chemically rendered in a lab.
We all know that Vitamin C prevents scurvy but you may not know that it was in the early 1700s that “a British doctor discovered that eating citrus fruits cured the scurvy (a Vitamin C deficiency disease) so prevalent among sailors who spent months at sea and got very little fresh food. Hence, the name “limeys” for those sailors who were given a lime a day to prevent scurvy.”
It wasn’t until 1930’s that Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, a Hungarian biochemist, isolated ascorbic acid from red peppers. According to Ms. Barnes, “What he also found, which has mostly been ignored until recently, was that ascorbic acid was far more biologically available and active while it was still in the red pepper.”
Vitamin C is apparently a natural HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. When Vitamin C levels are low, cholesterol becomes elevated; and when more vitamin C is consumed, cholesterol levels decline. The mechanism by which vitamin C lowers cholesterol was only discovered around 1985. High vitamin C levels inhibit the same the HMG-CoA Reductase enzyme as statin drugs. Vitamin C promotes the production of coenzyme Q10 and lowers the Lp(a) form of cholesterol.
We can make CoQ10 but it’s well known that humans cannot make vitamin C. Comparing humans to mammals has led some nutrient researchers to theorize that we should take several thousand milligrams of vitamin C to keep up with our four footed friends. I haven’t completely joined that camp although I do say that 500mg a day of a food-based Vitamin C Complex and possibly 1-2,000 mg of ascorbic acid when the adrenals are under stress or during cold and flu season are reasonable recommendations. However, what we may be doing when we consider individual nutrients is to assign them a higher dosage not realizing that when we take a synergistic blend of nutrients, like the Completement Formulas, we don’t require them in high amounts.
The Vitamin C Foundation recommends 10,000 mg or more ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and 300 mg or more of ubiquinone (CoQ10) daily to prevent heart disease. I find it surprising that they completely leave magnesium out of the picture. I say that magnesium in the form of ReMag along with our other Completement Formulas including our Whole C ReSet and 1-2,000mg of ascorbic acid will help you produce your own CoQ10 and will take care of your heart and the rest of your body as well.