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I started supplementing Vitamin C, using Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C, which is extremely high rated, but even on a lower dose than the recommended starting dose, I experienced pain emptying my bladder…
After reading in James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue book about adrenal fatigue and Vitamin C, and researching some more on it, I decided to add Vitamin C supplementation to my daily regimen, to promote recovery of my adrenal fatigue.
I went for Garden of Life’s Vitamin C as it is the best rated Vitamin C supplement out there.
However, the starting dose was two capsules a day, and I started on one a day, which, within days, caused pain when urinating. A pain so bad I thought I could have a UTI!
So, I stopped taking the Vitamin C and it subsided over a few days. I decided to stop all supplements that I am taking and slowly reintroduce them one by one, to confirm if it was the addition of Vitamin C giving me this problem.
It’s my luck that even the best quality Vitamin C would cause me issues!
So I stopped them all for a week, and then added in my Selenium and B complex… after three days, I was feeling OK. Then I reintroduced Vitamin D (and Vitamin K, always taken together), and still felt OK. I added in my cod liver and omega three which was also fine, and after another few days, I added in the Vitamin C, which I took in the morning, and had pain within a few hours of taking it, so I stopped and haven’t taken it again.
Doing some research, these possibilities for why came up:
- Interstitial cystitis (chronic inflammation of the bladder wall and certain foods or supplements can cause a flare up). It could be possible that this form of Vitamin C is acidic and acidity is an enemy of interstitial cystitis.
- Could it be the digestive enzyme blend that is included in it.
- Could be an oxalate problem.
- This brand may not be buffered, so I could try a buffered brand such as Ester-C.
So, trying another brand can be better for some people, we’re all different, after all.
I’ll have a think and do some more exploring and let you know how it goes. It’s never just simple, is it?!
UPDATE: I since switched to Solgar Vitamin C and have had no issues whatsoever but have noticed a lot less colds and illnesses through supplementing with it.
Have you experienced something similar? Let me know in the comments below.
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Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a board member for The American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.