Vitamin C and Evolution

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/25/2007 | Fitness

Why can dogs, cats, pigs and most other mammals live in the kind of unsanitary conditions that would kill humans? Is it because humans are above that kind of ignorant, dangerous animal behavior?

Actually, there is a little more to it than that. In the distant past, ancient humans took an evolutionary left turn. Interestingly enough, almost all animals except humans produce large amounts of Vitamin C internally. However, due to mutation, humans lost that ability.

Animals dont need to eat Vitamin C to get their daily requirement; they make much more themselves than the minimum daily requirement of human beings. For example, goats can produce up to 100 GRAMS of Vitamin C when sick. Keep in mind that for humans, 1 GRAM is about 1,500% of the minimum daily requirement.

It has been suggested that animals have a much more robust immune system because of these high levels of Vitamin C. They have incredible levels when compared to our human needs.

At high levels, Vitamin C gets used in dormant, or inactive, metabolic pathways.

Theres a story about a guy who bought a car from his girlfriend. It was a turbo engine, but the girlfriend had never stepped on the gas hard enough to activate the turbo, which only kicks in under demanding acceleration. He started driving it in turbo mode and his girlfriend could hardly believe it was the same car.

Human bodies are similar when using Vitamin C. When they get just a little Vitamin C their immune systems work, sort of, most of the time. However, when they get a generous amount of Vitamin C, human immune systems go into turbo mode and become a whole different animal.

Of course, the trick is to get enough Vitamin C into your body in the first place. Thats the hard part, because most people can only absorb 5 to 8 grams without causing temporary digestive disturbances.

Levels beyond a few grams require intravenous administration. Unfortunately, when evolving, humans neglected to evolve with an IV connector into their veins. Thus, sitting around with an IV Vitamin C drip is impractical for most people.

In an ideal world, Vitamin C would be an automatic addition to most IVs in hospitals because it helps the body heal and recuperate from just about any trauma or disease. That alone would probably significantly bump up the average life expectancy. People would also be able to sign up for a course of IV Vitamin C at the start of the cold and flu season, or just as a preventative for a whole host of degenerative diseases.

Still, its good to find out how much Vitamin C you can absorb orally before reaching bowel tolerance. You may find that youve become a whole different animal.