I started supplementing Vitamin C, using Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C, which is extremely high rated, but even on a lower dose than the recommended starting dose, I experienced pain when going to the toilet..
After reading in James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue book about adrenal fatigue and vitamin c, and researching some more on it, I decided to add vitamin c supplementation to my daily regime, to promote recovery of my adrenal fatigue.
I went for Garden of Life’s Vitamin C as it is the best rated vitamin c supplement out there. General advice, like from Dr James Wilson, is to slowly increase the dosage taken daily, until you feel the need to go loo a lot, and then you drop to the last dose that did not cause this symptom, and know that this is the dose you need.
However, the starting dose is two capsules a day, and I started on one a day, which, within days, caused pain when urinating. A pain so bad I thought I could have a UTI! So I stopped the vitamin c, and it subsided over a few days. I decided to stop all vitamin supplements I take and slowly reintroduce them one by one, to confirm it was the addition of vitamin C giving me this problem.
So I stopped them all for a week, and then added in my Selenium and B complex.. after three days, I was feeling OK. Then I reintroduced Vitamin D (and K, always taken together), and still felt OK. I added in my cod liver and omega three which was also fine, and after another few days, I added in the vitamin c, which I took in the morning, and had pain within a few hours of taking it, so I stopped and haven’t taken it again.
Doing some research, these possibilities for why came up:
- Interstitial cystitis (chronic inflammation of the bladder wall and certain foods or supplements can cause a flare up). It could be possible that this form of Vitamin C is acidic and acidity is an enemy of interstitial cystitis.
- Could it be the digestive enzyme blend that is included in it.
- Could be an oxalate problem.
- This brand may not be buffered, so I could try a buffered brand such as Ester-C.
- So, trying another brand can be better for some people, we’re all different, after all.
I’ll have a think and do some more exploring and let you know how it goes. It’s never just simple, is it?!
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