Vitamin C is pitted head-to-head towards antibiotics for bacterial vaginal infections.

A research printed in 1999 raised the thrilling chance that “low-cost, easy, innocuous and ubiquitous vitamin C” dietary supplements may forestall a situation referred to 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 position in girls’s well being. However this was in regard to oral vitamin C, not vaginal vitamin C, which has been found to be an efficient remedy 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 great, regular, lactobacillus-type micro organism get displaced by a military of dangerous micro organism. Probiotics could help, repopulating the great micro organism, however the purpose the dangerous micro organism took over within the first place was that the pH was off. I’ve talked earlier than concerning the position weight loss program could play within the improvement 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 referred to 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 effectively do they work? 100 girls affected by the situation have been split into two teams, and the vaginal vitamin C beat out placebo. However how does vitamin C examine with typical remedy, an antibiotic gel?

This is a crucial query. “Though perceived as a light medical downside,” bacterial vaginosis could improve the chance of a number of gynecological problems, together with issues throughout being pregnant, once you wish to keep away from taking medicine each time attainable. 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 once 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 may see at 2:36 in my video.


One other method 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 method, via the mouth and in meals slightly than dietary supplements, the query turns into What Is the Optimal Vitamin C Intake?

 If you happen to’re contemplating taking oral vitamin C in dietary supplements as a substitute, ensure that to observe this video first: Do Vitamin C Supplements Prevent Colds But Cause Kidney Stones?.

In well being,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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