In my previous post, I mentioned that Vitamin C was good for doggies, especially for dogs that are ill, injured or recovering from an illness. It's also very good for older dogs. My belief in Vitamin C stems from personal experience with treating dogs after extensive reading on the subject.
NOTE: This recommendation is NOT a substitute for proper Medical Attention from a Qualified Veterinarian!!!
Everyone knows that Vitamin C has been the "cure" for the common cold, although in recent years therer has been much negative publicity on the benefits of Vitamin C. However, there has been extensive research on the benefits of Vitamin C, in particular by two individuals : Linus Pauling, and Dr Mathias Rath, whereby Vitamin C has been proven to help patients with heart disease and in many cases even reverse heart disease.
The rationale for this is that Vitamin C has high amounts of AntiOxidants which is crucial for cellular maintenance and regeneration. Vitamin C is essential for the body’s cells, as it is responsible for producing a sufficient amount of collagen fibres in good operating condition. Therefore in a sick individual or canine, high amounts of Vitamin C can assist and speed up recovery as it helps regenerate damaged cells in the body.
My personal experience with Vitamin C came after my father suffered a heart attack several years ago. He had to undergo emergency angiogram followed by angioplasty as they discovered that there were 2 blocked arteries. They cleared the crucial block (100% blocked) that caused the heart attack, while the remainin artery was left for a planned angioplasty in the future. It was then that I read extensively on heart disease, and discovered Dr Mathias Rath's book: Why Animals don't get Heart Attacks...But People Do?
In his book, Dr Rath asks, then why don’t animals get heart attacks? Well, one animal, besides humans, does get it. The guinea pig gets heart disease. We have one thing in common with the guinea pig: our bodies do not manufacture vitamin C. All other animals manufacture vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen and protects the arteries from damage. Additionally, animals can get atherosclerosis if they are stressed enough and fed diets high in trans-fats. (Therefore it is important that we do not feed our canine companions human food as it is usually cooked with alot of oil, fat and salt)
Based on Dr Rath's book, among others, I started my father on mega doses of Vitamin C, in addition to a heart healthy diet. After 6 months, a follow up angiogram revealed that the remaining artery that was 60% blocked at the time of the heart attack, had reduced to 35%. The doctors were surprised. And therefore my father did not have to undergo the second angioplasty.
I then started taking mega doses of Vitamin C too as I suffer from chronic sinusitis. My condition used to be so bad that I was an anti-biotics and antihistamines etc for weeks at a time, and I was virtually dependant on a number of nasal sprays. I literally could not breathe without nasal sprays. I was told that there was no help for my condition except tons of medication and surgery.
After about 3 months of taking 3000mg of Vitamin C a day, I started to notice that I didn't get nasal congestion as often as I used to, and when I did get it, it wasn't as bad. After 6 months, my sense of smell returned. My tolerance to cigarette smoke and dust has also improved. My nose used to get clogged immediately if anyone smoked near me. I can now sit in pubs with alot of smoke quite comfortably - of course I try to avoid the situation as best as I can.
I have also used Vitamin C for my canine companions whenever they have been ill. Johnny, my beloved mongrel who has passed on, suffered a serious fall from the top of the staircase when he was about 15. One of his hind legs was severely damaged and we were told that he would not be able to use it again. I started Johnny on 4000mg of Vitamin C a day - 1000mg given at 6 hour intervals. Note that excess Vitamin C is flushed out of the body, which is why the dosage should be repeated at regular intervals. Within a few days, we noticed that the pain in his leg had subsided, and he regained use of his leg within a few weeks.
We then switched to Oxyfresh AntiOxidants once we felt that Johnny was better. We gave him high doses of Vitamin C later on when he started suffering from old age illnesses, and we found that he always perked up and recovered from whatever he was suffering almost immediately. Johnny finally passed on when he was 17.5 years old, which is very old for your regular mongrel.
We also gave Cleo high doses of Vitamin C immediately after she was spayed, and her stitches healed beautifully. She hasn't got any scars. She has also taken Vitamin C whenever she has tummy trouble etc, and she always recovers quickly. The same goes for Lucky. But we also always ensure that we take them to the vet, just in case the condition is more serious.
So there's my personal experience with Vitamin C. I really believe that it promotes celular regeneration which is what speeds up the healing process. Also I think it is very interesting that alot of beauty products have now incorporated Vitamin C into their formulas to promote youthfullness. This youthfullness is due to the cellular regeneration that Vitamin C promotes.
Anyway enough rambling on my end. Here are some links on Vitamin C that you might find useful. Once again, please note that this posting is my opinion and in NO way substitutes professional medical advice. Also it is important to note, that some people may have adverse reactions to Vitamin C.
Vitamin C - Wikipedia
Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is the key nutrient for the stability of blood vessels, the heart and all other organs in our bodies. Without vitamin C, our bodies would literally collapse and dissolve, as in scurvy.
Vitamin C is responsible for the optimum production and function of collagen, elastin and other connective tissue molecules that give stability to our blood vessels and our entire bodies.
Vitamin C is important for fast wound healing throughout our bodies, including the healing of millions of tiny wounds and lesions inside our blood vessel walls. It is the most important antioxidant in the body. Optimum amounts of vitamin C effectively protect the cardiovascular system and body against biological rusting.
Vitamin C is also a cofactor for a series of biological catalysts (enzymes), which are important for the improved metabolism of cholesterol, triglycerides and other risk factors. This helps to decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease. It is an important energy molecule needed to recharge energy carriers inside the cells.
Dr. Rath has proven in his laboratory and clinical trials that Vitamin C with other synergistic nutrients is essential for the synthesis of collagen - the most important stability molecule which reinforces the vascular and arterial walls, protects cellular membranes against damage from excessive oxidation, plays an important role in prevention of diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Please read more about it on http://www.drrathresearch.org/