Vitamins and Wound Healing: Accelerating Healing with Vitamin C and Niacin
There are five vitamins associated with pandemic deficiency diseases. These are vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, niacin, and vitamin D.
Vitamin A is toxic at elevated doses. The RDA is 2000 to 3000 IU. More than 10,000 IU per day is associated with side effects. Vitamin B1 concentrations in the body are rigidly controlled by transport proteins. Taking large excesses of vitamin B1 is an ineffective means of raising cellular concentrations - and therefore of influencing metabolism. Vitamin D is not really a vitamin - it is a hormone. The body needs to maintain vitamin D concentrations within a fairly narrow range. Vitamin D supplements above 1000 IU/day are associated with side effects. For lifeguards and agricultural workers outside in the sun every day, maxing out on vitamin D is natural. This leaves vitamin C and niacin. One special property of these two vitamins is that they can be safely taken across a very wide dosage range. The RDA of vitamin C is 60 mg. Many people report taking, for short periods of time, daily doses of vitamin C up to 60,000 mg (1000 times the RDA). The RDA of niacin is 20 mg. Many people report taking up to 6000 mg (300 times the RDA) for extended periods of time. Is this meaningful or useful?
After many years of experience and experimentation, I am increasingly certain that very high doses of vitamin C and niacin for just a few days are a useful means of accelerating wound healing. Thousands of people swear that taking vitamin C is useful for fighting off colds and preventing secondary infections. The cold virus damages tissue in the respiratory system. I believe the extra vitamin C accelerates wound healing, more rapidly restoring a feeling of good health. Niacin is harder to use in high doses without causing temporary discomfort. But many people also report using niacin along with vitamin C to ward off colds. Again, I believe accelerated healing of the wounds caused by the cold virus is responsible for the observed benefit. What's good for healing wounds caused by cold viruses is good for healing most wounds. I've started taking extra vitamin C and niacin to recover from every type of wound. Sore muscles after over-exercising, sprained joints, burns, lacerations, infections. If you are being treated for cancer, the treatment causes wounds. Let the treatments kill the cancer. Use extra vitamin C and niacin to heal wounded healthy tissue and immune system cells. In old age, the healing systems of the body often slow down. This is a time of life when increasing daily doses of vitamin C and niacin can be useful.
If you're suffering from any kind of wound and interested in healing as quickly as possible, there's much to gain and little to lose by trying higher doses of vitamin C and niacin for a few days.