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Vitamin C: Oral or Intravenous?


Vitamin C: Oral or Intravenous?




Vitamin C in high, very frequent oral doses will achieve blood plasma concentrations approaching, but not equaling, intravenous infusion.


By “high,” I mean in the range of 30,000 to 100,000 milligrams per day, and 1,000-2,000 milligrams per dose.


By “very frequent,” I mean taking 1,000-2,000 mg every ten minutes you are awake.


How do you know if you took enough? You feel better.


How do you know if you took too much? You will have loose stools. At that point, of course, you back off and take less.


How much less? Enough to still feel better, and not so much as causes loose stools.


If you do not think this will work, it is probably because you have not tried it.


Or, perhaps because you need to read the following especially important and helpful material:


Hickey S and Roberts H. Ascorbate: The science of vitamin C. 2004. Lulu Press. ISBN 1-4116-0724-4. Reviewed at  


Duconge J et al. Pharmacokinetics of vitamin C: insights into the oral and intravenous administration of ascorbate. PR Health Sciences Journal, 2008. 27:1, March.


Cathcart RF. Vitamin C, titrating to bowel tolerance, anascorbemia, and acute induced scurvy. Med Hypotheses. 1981 Nov;7(11):1359-76. Free access to full text paper at  


See also: Cathcart RF. The third face of vitamin C. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 7:4;197-200, 1993. Free access to full text paper at  or  


Other papers by Dr. Cathcart are posted at and .


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