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Vitamin C: A Cure for Constipation

Updated on August 19, 2010

High powered adverts are seemingly endlessly pushing us to take more and more supplements including vitamins.

However, did you know that, besides all its other benefits, vitamin C is also a cure for constipation? Yes, that’s right constipation. Products from the pharmacy eventually destroy the nerves in the bowel which could lead to a lifetime of laxative use. Vitamin C on the other hand is a purely natural product.

The recommendation for the use of vitamin C as a cure for constipation has come from no less then the only two-time non-shared Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Linus Pauling.

No specific dose is recommended, the right amount to take varies on the individual’s tolerance to vitamin C. Taking too much could lead to diarrhoea or even abdominal pain, so the recommendation is to start small, perhaps 2,000 milligrams at breakfast and the same at dinner. It appears that 5,000 milligrams at both meals gives most people the best results. This amount can often result in a bowel movement before going to work.

However, beware; breakfast must be a proper meal, not just a quick cup of coffee. Breakfast should include a bowl of fibre, some fruit and a warm drink.

How does vitamin C work? Well vitamin C is a natural laxative, but it also gets help from the “gastro colic reflex”; a natural physiological nerve mechanism. Taking vitamin C can give other benefits, potential reducing hernias of the colon and possibly reducing the risk of cancer of the bowel.

There is a belief that excessive consumption of vitamin C can cause kidney stones, however I have not found any significant medical evidence of this. Dr. Pauline himself took 20,000 milligrams of vitamin C a day and he lived to the ripe old age of 95.

So, it seems that vitamin C has many benefits including improving your bowel movements.

However, if in doubt, always check with your doctor.


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      Bes 4 years ago

      Thanks, i have just received a 1 kilo pack of ascorbic acid, I hope this helps my chronic lifetime constipation.

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      B Stucki 7 years ago

      Vitamins are so awesome! They have so many benefits! Thanks for the hub!