Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
June 15, 2003

Vitamin C & Menopause

After reading "HRT: More Bad News for the Heart" in the Update section of Jan. 2000 "What Doctors Don't Tell You" (WDDTY) I thought the following, wonderful, safe and affordable alternative to hormone replacement treatment might be of interest. I wish more orthomolecular approaches, such as this, should be taken more seriously...

"With an overall 88% success factor" It's no wonder why more and more people are getting disenchanted with mainstream medicine's bias towards the toxic pharmaceuticals. Not withstanding the obvious "don't rock the boat by using treatment that works" attitude of practitioners/researchers prostituting their principles to get grants form the pharmaceuticals and associated supporters...

Chris Gupta
See also: The Negative Impact of Sugar on Vitamin C

Excerpt taken form the book: "Vitamin C: Who Needs It?" by E. Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D.
Female Problems ... The Young and the Old

One of the single and biggest problems in young women is excessive menstrual flow (also referred medical circles as menorrhagia). C.A.B. Clemetson and his associate (who were at the time of their report in Saskatchewan) looked at this problem in a group presumably otherwise healthy young women (5). They were given 200 mg of ascorbic acid and 200 mg 200 mg of bioflavonoids three times a day. In other words, each of the subjects in the experimental group received 600 of both of these preparations on a daily basis. The control patients were given an indistinguishable dummy preparation. The results were clear. Thirty two out 37 women displayed decreased blood loss when treated with the test capsules for two months, while only one out of 13 showed a similar improvement with the placebo capsules.

Two additional points should be underlined. In general, classical scurvy can be so called cured in about a week. But these women, who were in no way scorbutic, often required two months of treatment. Also, their excessive bleeding tended to return within a month or so after active therapy was discontinued.

There are still problems later on. . .

For a significant segment of the female population, the menopausal years can be a nightmare. In many instances, the flushing and associated complaints can be controlled, at a price, by estrogen supplementation. The at a price is the carcinogen potential (and now heart as per the above WDDTY update) of the female sex hormone. So, it would be a great contribution if it were possible to create this estrogenic effect with non estrogenic techniques. The bioflavonoids have been identified as such a preparation. Here is the story of the use of ascorbic acid/bioflavonoid supplementation upon the clinical symptomatology associated with the menopause.

A total of 94 patients were studied, of whom 36 were surgically induced (also called castrates) and 58 who had undergone physiologic (natural) menopause (6). Their symptoms were catalogued as severe, moderate, and mild. The test substance consisted of 200 mg of bioflavonoids and 200 mg ascorbic acid in each tablet administered six times per day. And so, each subject received 1200 mg of both the bioflavonoids and ascorbic acid daily. For comparison studies, controlled drugs included calcium carbonate, the antipyretic salicylamide, and an estrogen. Each patient received one course of each drug for a month. The compounds were designated only by letter and were indistinguishable in appearance. The composition of the agents wasn't known to the investigators nor to the patients. The results were tabulated as relieved, moderated, or no effect.

Table 14.1

Effect of one month of therapy upon menopausal hot flashes in subjects with physiologic menopause

.................................complete relief.......partial

vitamin C and flavonoids.........67.............................21......................88
Calcium carbonate...............12.............................10......................22

Table 14.1 summarizes the responses to the four therapeutic agents in terms of complete, partial and total relief. An analysis showed the bioflavonoid/vitamin C (line 1) to be markedly superior to all the other test substances in the relief of this single complaint. Actually, 67% reported complete relief, 21% partial making an overall 88% success factor.

5. Clemetson, C. A. B. and Blair, L. M.
Capillary Strength of Women with Menorrhagia.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 83: # 10, 1269-1279, May 1962.

6. Smith, C. J.
Non-Hormonal Control of Vaso-Motor Flushing in Menopausal Patients.
Chicago Medicine, 7 March 1964.


posted by Chris Gupta on Sunday June 15 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

i had a cold so took 1000 milligrams of vit c before i went to bed for two weeks. not only did it help my cold symtoms but the sweats/hot flashes were GONE!!!! i was ecstatic having suffered from insomnia and hot flashes for a year since quitting taking the hormone replacement therapy. i had been taking black cohosh but not much success there.

Posted by: lee-ann winters on February 9, 2004 01:31 AM


I have been taking just 1000 mlg for a sluggish bowel, now its fantastic, no more worries about constipation, ever.
Always works, I have not got to take more, sometimes I take less, always feel good.
I reccomend it to all my friends.

Posted by: Jennifer Goddard on August 3, 2004 06:26 PM


I have been taking just 1000 mlg for a sluggish bowel, now its fantastic, no more worries about constipation, ever.
Always works, I have not got to take more, sometimes I take less, always feel good.
I reccomend it to all my friends.

Posted by: Catherine Hughes on August 16, 2004 05:39 AM


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