Posted 5/29/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks for the information. How much vitamin C does your husband take daily? I take flaxseed oil, and could increase that. How much omega 3 does he take daily? I never heard of MSM--where would you get it, and how much is taken?
I do take calcium/D (liquid form, because I just had stomach surgery), and a multivitamin.
I'd appreciate details as to supplements and amounts.
Thanks a lot!
My husband has been taking several teaspoons of calcium ascorbate powder daily, this equates to about 12,000mg of vitamin C per day. He is doing this because it helps him feel better. But everyone is different in their ability to tolerate Vitamin C - basically, start with 500mg, then increase by 500mg every other day until you reach bowel tolerance (i.e., get diarrhea from the vitamin C), then back off by 500mg/day until no more diarrhea. The dose you wind up at is how much you should take. And this is assumming you do not have kidney disease -- high dose vitamin C is not recommended for those with kidney disease.
He is taking Cod Liver Oil, 6-9 softgels per day (the bottle recommends 2-4) but he has malabsorption and a severely limited diet (due to Allergic Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis), and says he feels better with this higher amount. I've heard that 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily is sufficient for most people.
MSM is methylsulfonylmethane, a natural source of sulfur. Most health food stores carry various brands of this product. I've heard that the typical dose ranges from 1500 to 2500mg/day.
I hope this helps - take care,
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