In the last article, the erroneous research study method of mingling together all different types of volunteers, giving them a vitamin C supplement without testing their levels for a deficiency or not, was discussed. It’s important to understand these concepts so that you can stay as healthy as possible for the rest of your life.
The #2 erroneous thing that researchers do in their supposedly valid vitamin C supplement research is that they use ascorbic acid instead of a vitamin C supplement that included the whole vitamin C complex.
If vitamin C supplements work better in the body when the vitamin C complex is included in them, then using ascorbic acid is limiting your results from the start. Yet, we still find researchers using plain old ascorbic acid.
Vitamin C comes in two forms, the L-form and the DL or D-form. The D form is inactive in the body. Thus, someone who wants to prove that vitamin C supplements don’t work could plan their research and use the inactive form. Unfortunately, some researchers may not even know the difference.
Always read the label of your vitamin C supplements and make sure that they use the L-form of ascorbic acid.
The third error found in vitamin C research studies is a very common one found now. Far too many researchers are eager to get published and won’t even run their own study. They take a shortcut and act as a critic of all the research that has been done in the past. This is called a “meta-analysis” of results of other studies.
What they do is then base their decision on whether or not vitamin C would help the common cold or flu on what all the other studies have found.
Can you see the error in this? First of all, many of the previously done studies were not performed correctly to begin with. Now they’re pooling all the results and making a decision that affects your life based on a lot of bad research.
The researchers will defend their position by saying they are only using double-blind, random group studies. Yet all this doesn’t even matter if the wrong form of vitamin C was used or if people didn’t have deficiencies to begin with. Then they’ll say that these meta-analyses are evidence-based medicine. It’s kind of strange.
Be wary of meta-analysis results, especially for vitamin C and the common cold.
There are other ways – many of them – where scientists make serious boo-boos and will then try to influence your health decisions. Always remember that the best way for you to decide what exact supplements you need is to have tests done that show your levels and then supplement accordingly to restore the levels.
Vitamin C, multivitamins and multiminerals will never make you more than human. But they will make a big difference if you are deficient and then your levels return to normal.