Please notice that at present vitamin C is considered safe as it's water soluable.
It is important to remember that antioxidants give an electron to a free radical to make it safe but in so doing become themselves free radicals.
It is wisest to consume a mix of antioxidants in order to maintain a balance.
The best and safest way to get nutrients such as antioxidants, I believe, is through food. My reasoning is that food comes in unique packages which provide the right combination of nutrients for the optimum use by the body.
I am personally convinced that increasing antioxidants in diet could help us with CRPS/RSD. My reasoning is that CRPS is stressful (not to mention all the other stressors in our lives). Stress, whether from pain, environmental or emotional causes, makes us oxidize. Oxidation is normal but too much produces excessive amounts of free radicals. Some free radicals cause inflamation (one problem with crps). Antioxidants demolish free radicals.
Antioxidants are thought to be most effective when consumed together.
The best way to go is to get a range of free radicals and the very best way to get them is through food. Just how to improve diet to increase antioxidant intake is what I'm working on at present.
- Smart eaters consume all the carotinoids. Carotenoids create the colour in plants.Reds & yellows signify immune boosting carotinoids.
- We are advised that a recommended healthy diet contains 5 veg & 2 fruit of mixed colours, 40%of diet fruit & veg, 500gm of fruit & veg daily.This of course depends on whether you have fresh or dried etc.
- Each day eat one of each colour group, red, orange, yellow, blue/purple and white.
- Mix colours in every meal but always try to include green and orange. The deeper the colour the higher nutrient value.
I personally increase the vitimin C foods when I have acute flare ups. I also take a supplement before dental work or with nerve firing acute flare ups. I don't give this as advise.
Some supplements interfere with drugs so seeking advice is best.
So far research has proven vitamin C can prevent crps from developing from surgery etc. See previous posts. I now know of any research into using vitamin C as a treatment for CRPS/RSD. To me it makes sense that extra vitamin C together with other antioxidants would be helpful if only in controlling inflamation. This is my personal opinion, not a recommendation. I do not offer this as advice.
I've nearly finished putting together my thoughts and plan about "eating smart" and will post more soon.