Vitamin may help defences

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 April, 1999, 12:00am

Lately, we seem to be almost overwhelmed with stories of viral and bacterial diseases, ranging from flesh-eating bacteria in our hospitals, avian flu and now Malaysian encephalitis.

When I was researching my book, Fighting Cancer - A Survival Guide, I came across very convincing testimony that Vitamin C taken in large quantities had a strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral effect. Since then I have personally taken six grams a day and while this hasn't prevented me from getting flus or colds, when I do feel unwell I just throw more Vitamin C down at a rate of about one gram (1,000 milligrams) an hour. This is effective with flus (they have disappeared overnight), less effective with colds (a fair amount of symptomatic relief).

I mention this simply to inform people that they can protect themselves to a certain extent against viruses and bacteria in a relatively cheap way.

According to one of my sources, Vitamin C is implicated in more than 30,000 biochemical processes in the body. There is no possibility of overdosing. If you do take in too much the worst result is a temporary case of diarrhoea.

For those interested in improving their defences, regular intake of Vitamin C should be high on the agenda.