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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Anyone else tried this stuff.
I've been drinking it lately after workouts and it really seems to work. I feel so much more back to earth after a hard work out after slogging a glass of this stuff.
Anyone else try it?
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by mnemosyne's lobotomy
Anyone else tried this stuff.
I've been drinking it lately after workouts and it really seems to work. I feel so much more back to earth after a hard work out after slogging a glass of this stuff.
Anyone else try it?
Yep, been using it for years...Usually have a few a day. I prefer the lemon lime
post #3 of 15
Definitely. Prefer the "Lite" versions... lot of sugars in the others...
post #4 of 15
EmergenC is great. I like the cranberry because it has the most B vitamins and other goodies. Read the back of the boxes of each flavor and you'll see they're all different ratios of things.

I first learned about EmergenC from a doctor on a film set. He said he always gives it to cast and crew when they're feeling a little under the weather or low energy. It's supposed to give you a "sense of well-being" about an hour after you drink it.

He did warn that you shouldn't take it every day or you defeat the purpose. If you take 1,000 mg of Vitamin C every day, then you become immune to the dose and it doesn't give you that boost.

The other product I use a lot, especially on ski trips, is Airborne, which is similar to EmergenC, but has ZINC in it, so helps ward off colds and flu symptoms. You've probably seen the commercials. Airborne was invented by a teacher who got tired of getting sick in classrooms and on airplanes. It comes in a tube of 10 tablets that you dissolve in water. I used to always get a cold or some sort of something after I landed and since I've started taking Airborne -- one the day before I'm flying and then one every morning on the trip -- I've never gotten sick.
I've given Airborne to friends and family and they now swear by it, too.

EmergenC for late afternoon blahs, pick-me-up.
Airborne for preventative warding off of sickness.
And ColdEze lozenges (they have C and zinc) once it's too late and you have the cold already.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Cryptica
He did warn that you shouldn't take it every day or you defeat the purpose. If you take 1,000 mg of Vitamin C every day, then you become immune to the dose and it doesn't give you that boost.
This is a very scary statement and scientifically inaccurate.
post #6 of 15
Shen -- Would you you clarify? Maybe I misunderstood him. I don't mean that he said you shouldn't have 1,000 mg of Vitamin C a day. But he said EmergenC shouldn't be an everyday substitute for a full multi-vitamin/minerals. Is that incorrect?
post #7 of 15
There is a wide variety of opinion on Vit C. I think I can see where the DR was going with his/her statement ....Yet, maybe a poor choice of words.

The body does not become IMMUNE to Vit C.....After a certain amount of intake the body will reduce its absorption and the Vit C will be passed to waste.....(this can also be beneficial....it changes the PH of the Urinary tract which can help fight UTI's).....Research shows that most individuals can tolerate up to 4000mg of Vit C before there is any adverse reaction...which is usually diarrhea......There can be some 'rebound' effect coming off high doses quickly, if you choose to do so.

The 'sense of well being' is generated from the other ingredients in the packet....namely the Magnesium which has a calming effect......and the B Vits which help with stress related responses....

Emergen C is designed as a daily supplement........and IMO can be used according...
THere is a lot of reading on the subject which may be helpful.
Even the Emergen C site has info:
http://www.alacer.com/info.asp

I am in no way affiliated....but I am a consumer.
post #8 of 15
Got it. Thanks.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shen
There is a wide variety of opinion on Vit C. I think I can see where the DR was going with his/her statement ....Yet, maybe a poor choice of words.

The body does not become IMMUNE to Vit C.....After a certain amount of intake the body will reduce its absorption and the Vit C will be passed to waste.....(this can also be beneficial....it changes the PH of the Urinary tract which can help fight UTI's).....Research shows that most individuals can tolerate up to 4000mg of Vit C before there is any adverse reaction...which is usually diarrhea......There can be some 'rebound' effect coming off high doses quickly, if you choose to do so.

The 'sense of well being' is generated from the other ingredients in the packet....namely the Magnesium which has a calming effect......and the B Vits which help with stress related responses....

Emergen C is designed as a daily supplement........and IMO can be used according...
THere is a lot of reading on the subject which may be helpful.
Even the Emergen C site has info:
http://www.alacer.com/info.asp

I am in no way affiliated....but I am a consumer.
Shen, are you an MD?
Just curious, as I'm a med student in NYC...and realize that I shouldn't piss you off if you're an attending at either Tisch or Bellevue. Could be an ugly rotation.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by mnemosyne's lobotomy
attending at either Tisch or Bellevue.
I just had some Emergen C ...and stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night...



Go to Bellevue as much as you can. You will learn more there .....than most places in the world.

mnemosyne's lobotomy: How oxymoronish of you.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shen
I just had some Emergen C ...and stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night...



Go to Bellevue as much as you can. You will learn more there .....than most places in the world.

mnemosyne's lobotomy: How oxymoronish of you.
Yeah, I'm excited to train at Bellevue. Unfortunately, I've got a year until I can...I'm a second year now.

As for the name, you might be the only person I've ever met that I didn't have to explain that to.

Now back to studying Microbio.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Oh...and one more question for ya...
What's the average max dose of Calcium before getting osmotic diarrhea (similar to the 4000mg Vit C you mentioned earlier)?
post #13 of 15
Just a note on Vitamin C, totally anectodal. My father who lived into his 80's and was very healthy took megadoses of C (about 3 grams a day,) as well as other vitamins and natural supplements. In spite of his rigorous healthy eating and exercise he died of Bladder cancer, no cancer history in family.

I have come to suspect that the vitamins might have overtaxed his bladder, particularly the C since he took so much of it, with the belief that you can't take too much that the body just "passes through what it doesn't use."

I passed this by his MD, who said, "well it's possible as it is an acid."

Very little data here, just a warning that megdoses of anything may have their risks.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Anything that's good for you is likely very bad for you in really large quantities. There's a reason why there are recommended daily allowances.
Your liver is another spot where trouble will likely arise. It's meant to handle a certain amount of detox, but if you run abnormal amounts of chemicals through it, it ain't gonna be happy.
post #15 of 15
I have an M.D.

FACT: Vit C is water soluble unlike vitamins A,D,E, K. Extra Vit C is passed into your uring. Massive doses increase chance of kidney stones. If your body needs X amount, take extra passes into the urine.

Common sense as usual: eat healthy with foods, be skeptical of claims, etc. The people that benefit most from most (not all) of these products are the manufacturers.
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