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Buffered Vitamin C to the Rescue

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Stephen Levine, Ph.D.

How one simple supplement may have a dramatic effect on weight control?

Science News (Vol. 157, No. 18, p. 277, April 29, 2000) recently reported on findings presented at the Experimental Biology 2000 meeting in San Diego, California which demonstrated that high dietary calcium may play a huge role in weight control.

Researchers from the University of Tennessee used mice genetically engineered to express agouti, a gene found in human fat cells which strongly influences whether fat cells burn or store molecules as fat, and model human patterns of obesity.

One group of mice was put on a 6 week, low calorie diet (30% reduction in maintenance calories) and given the human equivalent of 500 mg* of dietary calcium per day. These mice lost 8% of their body fat and 11% of their weight. (*500 mg is the average amount of dietary calcium an American woman gets in her diet, the RDA is 1,000 mg).

Another group of mice from the same strain, on identical diets but with increased calcium (carbonate) - equivalent to about 1,600 mg for adults - lost 42% of their body fat and 19% of their body weight.

A third group of mice consumed the extra calcium as nonfat dry milk and lost 60% of their body fat and 25% of their weight. A fourth group consuming twice as much dairy source calcium as the third showed little increased benefit.

These are astounding numbers The researchers found that in the low calcium diets, the agouti gene causes the calcium channel to open and stimulate fat synthesis, while suppressing fat breakdown.

These new findings prompted endocrinologist Robert P. Heaney of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska to reanalyze data from 5 calcium-supplementation studies that he had conducted in people over the years. Heaney states: "In all five studies we found a significant weight effect that we had ignored. In these studies they found that women consuming the lowest amounts of calcium weighed the most."

“I believe that Buffered Vitamin C, with 350 mg of elemental calcium and 190 mg of magnesium, is a valuable tool for weight control due to its anti-addictive properties and high calcium levels” Stephen A. Levine, Ph.D.

Lower levels of calcium increase the storage of fat rather than the burning. This conclusion is strengthened by the finding that the high calcium rats maintained core body temperature while low calcium mice exhibited a dramatic reduction in core body temperature.

The high calcium diet may cue the body that nutrition is adequate and that storage for famine is unnecessary. That would be a very good thing for dieters and for all of us who want to experience optimal energy and weight control.

I believe that Buffered Vitamin C, with 350 mg of elemental calcium and 1 90mg of magnesium, is a valuable tool for weight control due to its anti-addictive properties and high calcium levels.

I have thought about weight problems and obesity and related these in part to food allergy, and chemical allergy (hypersensitivity), inability to stop eating, craving for specific foods and other diverse symptoms that are often related to "food and chemical hypersensitivity" and "addictive hypersensitivity". AM~

The concepts can be explained with what we all know about cigarette smoking or alcohol problems. When people are able to truly quit for a period of time, they may then exhibit more acute sensitivity to and intolerance for those very substances. The addictive phenomenon and adaptive phenomenon can all be tied together. From what I knew about

addictive chemistry I developed the Buffered Vitamin C, which I used to offset my own such symptoms due to food reactions, and/or emotionally induced pathology The Buffered Vitamin C has been used clinically for offsetting acute hypersensitivity reactions and the addictive craving for foods, cigarettes and other withdrawal states from stimulants and alcohol.

A study at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco demonstrated that Buffered Vitamin C could offset withdrawal symptoms for stimulants and opiates and reduce withdrawal symptoms by 90% in outpatients. They took a teaspoon of Buffered Vitamin C whenever they felt a craving.

Why is Buffered Vitamin C so effective at relieving these diverse symptoms?

1. It has strong buffering actions to offset hyperacidity associated with cell pathology.

2. Vitamin C alone has some mild anti-addictive properties.

3. The ascorbate form of calcium (which forms from the reaction of the calcium carbonate and ascorbates) appears to be very well absorbed. High levels of calcium with additional magnesium and potassium provide a balancing and alkalizing effect.

Why does Buffered Vitamin C so dramatically control addictive and hypersensitive symptomatology, including blood sugar alterations?

The high calcium body fat and weight loss effect may well be connected with offsetting the effects of insulin in fat storage and creating abnormal appetite. Low calcium then may allow insulin to do its work, lowering blood sugar for storage. There may also be a neurological stimulation by addictive and hypersensitizing chemicals which is then offset by the high ionized calcium and other alkalinizing substances in the Buffered C. Tying together these observations with the corresponding allergy, hypersensitivity and addiction-blood sugar aberrations in environmental illness and drug addiction would explain the effectiveness of the Buffered Vitamin C.

The statements made herein have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is sold as a nutritional supplement. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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