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LivOn Labs Promo – Valentine’s Day Contest

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Entering the LivOn Labs Valentine’s Day contest is easy. To enter, send us the best and/or worst pick-up lines you’ve heard or used. There are three ways to enter:

  1. By email at marketing [at] livonlabs [dot] com with the subject line Valentine’s Day Contest 
  2. On our facebook page by commenting on our contest post
  3. On Twitter using the hashtag #SmoothDelivery
  4. On our Pinterest page by commenting on our contest post

We will select three (4) lucky winners and send them a $100 gift certificate good at any of these restaurants, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, or Roy’s. For complete rules, see below

Complete Contest Rules


  1. Eligibility
    The LivOn Labs Valentine’s Day Contest (the Contest) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of LivOn Labs and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  2. Sponsor
    The Contest is sponsored by LivOn Labs, located at 2534 Anthem Village Parkway, Suite 100, Henderson, NV 89052.
  3. Agreement to Official Rules
    Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrants full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.
  4. Contest Period
    The Contest begins on February 6th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST and ends on February 12th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. PST (the Contest Period). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest using any of the following methods: Facebook entry on our sponsored post, Twitter using #SmoothDelivery, Pinterest comment on our contest post, and email submission to marketing [at]
  5. How to Enter
    Via social media: This method of entry will be available for the entire Contest Period. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. Entrants and winners names and likeness can be used for marketing purposes including but not limited to social marketing and posting..

    Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address, and per household for the duration of the Sweepstakes Period. regardless of method of entry. Entries from any person, e-mail address, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of Sponsor. Entrants and winners names and likeness can be used for marketing purposes.

  6. Prize Drawing
    On February 12th, 2014, the Sponsor will select three (3) potential winners from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via email or social media on February 12th, 2014. If any of the potential winners can not be reached by February 13th, 2014, a new winner will be chosen.
  7. General
    Certain contest and sweepstakes are subject to applicable federal, state and local laws. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects. By entering this contest, entrants expressly acknowledge that these Official Rules have been drafted in the English language, and that any translation prepared for any reason will be of no legal effect and the English version of these Official Rules shall govern any dispute. By participating, contestant releases LivOn Labs and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and agencies and their directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability from any damage of any kind arising from contestant’s participation in this Contest, or resulting from entrant’s acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize. Except where prohibited by law, acceptance of the prize constitutes and signifies winner’s consent that LivOn Labs and/or its agents may use winner’s entry, name, address (city and state only), prize information, and/or likeness for promotional purposes in any media now existing or hereinafter devised, without additional compensation. Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. LivOn Labs is not responsible for: (1) late, delayed, incomplete, delayed, or incomplete entries, (2) incorrect or inaccurate entries; (3) inability to access any website or online service, or any other error or malfunction. LivOn Labs reserves the right to: (i) disqualify from this or any Contest, now or in the future, any person it finds, in its sole discretion, has intentionally violated these Official Rules, tampered with the entry process, the operation of the Contest or Website, or any other aspect of this Contest; and (ii) cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper play of the Contest.

Norovirus Outbreak

The norovirus is once again in the news, this time it struck roughly 178 passengers aboard the Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess. The Norovirus, commonly referred to as the stomach flu, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is highly contagious and can spread from person to person if they do not wash their hands.

The Princess Cruises’ ship became the second cruise shop this week affected by the norovirus. The Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas docked in New Jersey on Wednesday, when 700 crew and passengers fell ill, the highest number of sick people reported on any cruise shop in two decades! Many of you may know that Las Vegas, where LivOn Labs is located, was hit with the norovirus in early December when 100 people staying at the Rio became sick during a youth football tournament.

How can you protect yourself?

What is the norovirus?

The norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone and can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults. You can become infected by coming into contact with an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. In 2012, a new strain of norovirus was detected resulting in many more cases of the illness. People in many countries have already been infected with the new strain including the United States.

Symptoms of norovirus

The symptoms of norovirus are inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines causing severe stomach distress. This may include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Also known as the stomach flu, it is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. 

Norovirus Trends and Outbreaks

According to the Centers for Disease Control, norovirus causes 19 million to 21 million illnesses a year, most often in crowded and poorly sanitized environments such as nursing homes, day care centers, and surprise! cruise ships. Over half of all norovirus outbreaks reported in the United States occur in long-term care facilities however cruise ships have a long history with the norovirus.

Last year, there were a total of 9 outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses on cruise ships, which was down from 11 the year before (2012).

The leading cause of norovirus is contaminated food with roughly 50% of all outbreaks. Most common foods involved in outbreaks of norovirus are:

  • Leafy greens such as lettuce
  • Fresh fruits
  • Shellfish

However the CDC warns that any food served raw or undercooked can be contaminated. Approximately, 500 to 800 deaths are caused by the norovirus each year, though there are generally more in years when a new strain develops.

Treatment and Avoidance

Since norovirus is a viral infection it can not be treated with antibiotics. If you have norovirus drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration including sports drinks and other drinks without caffeine or alcohol. Most people will recover from norovirus within days of contamination.

To protect yourself from the norovirus, do not share food or utensils with people who are sick or have just been sick. If you are near someone who is sick be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and wipe down surfaces with a diluted bleach solution. Do not rely on alcohol-based hand sanitizer since it will not destroy the virus. Be careful when coming into contact with linens, which were used by someone who is sick since the virus can also be transmitted this way.

Finally, keep your hands away from your mouth and nose. These are the highways that illnesses like to travel on. Whenever you get that urge to bite your nails or dig for gold, just pretend someone is watching you.

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Deadly Bacteria Threatens Orange Industry Worldwide

Huanglongbing, Asian citrus psyllid, yellow dragon disease and citrus greening are some of the names for the deadly citrus bacteria spread by a tiny, invasive bug from China.

This tiny bug is now responsible for threatening the world’s citrus production from the United States to Mexico, India, Brazil and Africa.

The bacteria were first detected in Broward County, Florida in 1998. Within two years it had spread to 31 counties in Florida. Although the bacteria don’t seem to be harmful to humans, it ruins the look and taste of the orange. In many cases full size oranges stay green and other mature oranges are no bigger than ping-pong balls.  Those in the industry consider these bacteria to be a cancer; causing deformities in the tree roots. The fruit does not mature properly and eventually the trees die.

citrus greening orange

Last year a group of 500 scientists from more than 20 nations gathered in Florida to discuss possible solutions. To date almost $80 million dollars has been spent on research – with no cure in sight to eradicate the deadly bacteria.

One option would be to engineer and plant genetically modified trees resistant to the bacteria. Of course for many consumers, GMOs are a negative!

To stem the problem, many farmers spray the trees. But this comes with a high cost, forcing many farmers out of business. As one farmer said, spraying keeps the bacteria at bay for 30 days, maybe 45 days.In 1995 the average cost to produce an acre of oranges was about $900; today it costs $1800 to produce the same acre of oranges.

At the moment the consumer has yet to feel the full ramifications of this deadly bug in their pocketbook. As with many other consumer products, the supplier hasn’t actually raised the price; they have cut back on the size and amount of juice in the container. Instead of giving you 64 ounces of orange juice, your container now has only 59 ounces of OJ.

At LivOn Labs we offer another suggestion for getting your vitamin C. Our nutritional supplement – Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C. Each packet contains 1,000 mg Vitamin C
and 1,000 mg Essential Phospholipids. Our product is non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no artificial colors or flavors.
Most ordinary forms of oral Vitamin C – tablets, capsules, powders, liquids and even the Vitamin C from your diet – are not processed and absorbed efficiently by your body. As a result, much of this Vitamin C is never transferred into your bloodstream and even less of it makes it into your cells where it’s needed most. In fact, when you take 1,000mg or more of regular oral Vitamin C, more than half of it is not absorbed and passed as waste by your body.

LivOn’s Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C encapsulates the C molecules in liposomes made from Essential Phospholipids, which protect the C from destruction by your digestive system. Within minutes of taking Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C, liposomes filled with Vitamin C are transported directly into the bloodstream, and into the cells.

LivOn Labs High Commission Affiliate Program FAQs

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How does the high commission affiliate program work?
LivOn Labs currently has two programs to help businesses and individuals make money. One is our distributor program, which gives you wholesale pricing for our products. This entails ordering bulk amounts of product and handling orders and shipping. This option may not be for everyone despite the higher margins involved. The other program LivOn Labs instituted, is an affiliate program. Our affiliate program allows you to sell LivOn Labs’ products without having to carry inventory risk or maintain a store front.

All you need is a website or a way to share your unique affiliate link (business cards, etc.). Upon signing up, you will receive a unique URL that you can provide to potential customers.

How much commission do I make?
Currently LivOn Labs pays 5-8% commission on sales. The good news is, if you are able to sell consistently LivOn Labs will automatically raise you to the next commission tier until you reach the maximum, which is 8% commission on sales. We have lower commission rates than some programs because we allow you to earn recurring commissions. Unlike other programs, we feel if you sent us a loyal customer, you deserve to be compensated for the life of that customer, as long as they order directly from LivOn Labs.

Do people have to buy the product right away to receive commission?
Our system allows us to track potential customers for 90 days. Therefore if you send us a visitor who checks our website and decides to make a purchase within three months, you are guaranteed to receive commissions on those sales.

Where do I put my unique affiliate link?
When you sign up for our Affiliate program you are given access to your own dashboard. This will show your current commissions, traffic being tracked, how close you are to your next payout, and most importantly, a marketing section (to the left), which will have banner ads you can copy and paste to your website. This will allow your website visitors to click on the banner ad and shop at using your unique URL.

How do I sign up?
Signing up is quick and easy. Follow the link below and create your login. You will need basic information such as name, address and social or tax payer identification numbers. After you sign up and are approved (normally within 48 hours) you can begin optimizing your website.

LivOn Labs Affiliate Program Sign Up

What sort of content is not approved for the affiliate program?

Every website is reviewed for content due to federal regulations on the supplement industry. Often times we may approve an account to allow you to view the dashboard however this does not mean you are approved for the program. After a full website review, we will notify you of any issues. The type of content not allowed is any that misrepresents LivOn Labs, make unsubstantiated claims, or we feel does not suit our brand.

Vitamin C Expert, Thomas E Levy’s New Book

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Depending on where you are this winter, the weather might be frightful but it’s also a great time to curl up and catch up on your reading. Whether you still enjoy the feel of a book or prefer to go digital, check out several insightful books that just might save your life at

For many years vitamin C expert, Dr. Thomas E. Levy has written and lectured extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C.

Read why Calcium Supplements could be harmful to your health in his newest book, “Death by Calcium”. Want to know ‘A Little Known Genetic Secret’? Read “Primal Panacea” and find out what happened to the ability of humans to synthesize their own vitamin C. All of these books and more are available at…. check it out!

For many years vitamin C expert, Dr. Thomas E. Levy has written and lectured extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. Recently Dr. Levy turned his attention to calcium and calcium supplements. In his newest book, “Death by Calcium”, he acknowledges the importance of vitamin and mineral supplementation but strongly cautions against calcium supplements.

When You Read His Book, You Will Learn Why Dr. Levy Contends That:

  • Women with the highest calcium consumption, regardless of source (diet, supplements), had a death rate two and one-half times higher than the women with lower consumption. This was a prospective study on 61,433 women followed over a 19-year period.
  • Women with osteoporosis do not have a generalized, body-wide deficiency of calcium. Rather, there is a deficiency of calcium in their bones, but the rest of their bodies have a calcium excess.
  • While calcium supplementation alone can increase the calcium density in the bones, it does not decrease the chances of an osteoporotic fracture. It is a cosmetic improvement only, and it further fuels the excess of calcium outside of the bones.
  • Typical American diets supply enough calcium for the needs of the body when blood vitamin D levels are maintained in the proper range.
  • Because of the emphasis on increased calcium intake, the typical osteoporosis patient faces a much higher chance of death from heart attack and stroke than from the consequences of an osteoporotic fracture.
  • All chronic degenerative diseases feature increased levels of calcium inside the cells of the body.

We think the facts that Dr. Levy brings to the reader about calcium supplementation are so important that we have an exclusive offer for you. By special arrangement with the publisher, MedFox Publishing, we would like to offer you the chance to purchase “Death by Calcium” as well as Dr.Levy’s other books, “Primal Panacea”, “Stop America’s #1 Killer” and “Curing the Incurable” with a $10 savings when you spend $45 or more.

This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion. Offer expires 3.31.14. So hurry!

Are You Healthier Than A Guinea Pig?

The US Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin C is higher for Guinea Pigs than it is for humans!

You may be thinking, that can’t be true but read on.

The US Department of Agriculture states

“The Guinea pig’s vitamin C requirement is 10-15 mg per day under normal conditions and 15-25 mg per day if pregnant, lactating, or growing.”(1)

Doesn’t sound shocking until you realize that an adult guinea pig weighs about 2.2 pounds. Guinea pigs therefore need between 10-25 milligrams of vitamin c per pound. The average human weighs 180 pounds however the US RDA for vitamin C is 90 mg for men, 75 mg for women, and if you smoke, they allow an additional 35 mg/day. All of these figures are inadequate if we measure up pound for pound with the guinea pig.

guinea pigs vitamin c

So how much vitamin C should we consume?

If we use the same logic the US Government uses on guinea pigs, our vitamin C intake should be between 820 mg and 2,000 mg.

According to a recent article written by Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., it is “no wonder that so many people are sick and no wonder their medical bills are so high.”

Dr. Saul concludes his article by saying, “If we are going to have health insurance coverage for everyone, wouldn’t it be nice for the government to first offer us the same deal it gives to Guinea pigs?”

What do you think?


(1) US Department of Agriculture Animal Care Resource Guide, Animal Care, 12.4.2



Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C: What’s the Real Story?

by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS Dec 6, 2013) Heard anything bad lately about ascorbic acid vitamin C? If you haven’t, you may have been away visiting Neptune for too long. For nearly four decades, I have seen that, like all other fashions, vitamin-bashing goes “in” and “out” of style. Lately it has (again) been open season on vitamin C, especially if taken as cheap ascorbic acid. Linus Pauling, the world’s most qualified advocate of vitamin C, urged people to take pure ascorbic acid powder or crystals.

Without having met Dr. Pauling, they are also what Great-grandma used when she home-canned peaches. Vitamin C powder remains cheap and readily available on the internet. One-quarter teaspoon is just over 1,000 mg. If you encounter a powder that is substantially less potent than that, it may contain fillers. Choose accordingly.

I have told my students for a long time, “If they didn’t listen to Linus Pauling, don’t be too surprised that they don’t line up to hear what you have to say.” But Pauling’s two unshared Nobel prizes (he is the only person in history with that distinction) are no protection from critics who slam ascorbic acid C without first considering some basic biochemistry.

Atomically Correct

Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, C6H8O6, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. If you really want to impress your friends, ascorbic acid can also be called (5R)-5-[(1S)-1,2-Dihydroxyethyl]-3,4-dihydroxy-2(5H)-furanone. As I liked to tell my university students, now there is something for you to answer when your parents ask what you learned in school today.

Even if this molecule comes from GMOs, which I disapprove of, it is still molecularly OK. You cannot genetically modify carbon, hydrogen, or oxygen atoms.

There are two ways the atoms can arrange themselves to make C6H8O6. One is ascorbic acid. The other is erythorbic acid, also known as isoascorbic acid or D-araboascorbic acid. It is a commercial antioxidant, but cannot be utilized by the body as an essential nutrient.


That word “acid” gets us going, but in fact ascorbic acid is a weak acid. If you can eat three oranges, if you can drink a carbonated cola, or if you can add vinegar on your fish fry or on your salad, there is little to worry about. In fact, your normal stomach acid is over 50 times stronger than vitamin C. The stomach is designed to handle strong acid, and nutrients are not destroyed by this strong stomach acid. If they were, all mammals would be dead. Have you ever noticed when you throw up you can feel the burn in your throat? That’s stomach acid. A little gross, but we need it to live. People who have a lot of problems with hiatal hernias or reflux can actually regurgitate enough acid over a period of months where they damage and scar the throat.

Vitamin C could not do that on a bet. It’s impossible. You couldn’t start your car if you put vinegar in your automobile’s battery. It requires sulfuric acid, which is a very strong acid. The hydrochloric acid in the stomach is only slightly weaker than car-battery acid. Vitamin C is almost as weak as lemonade. That’s a huge difference.


If you eat yogurt or take probiotic capsules, they end up in your stomach. There they are subjected to this strong stomach acid, and survive it easily. Acidophilus bacteria, such as are found in yogurt, are literally so named because they are “acid-loving.” Many studies show that eating yogurt and taking other probiotic supplements is a good idea and that it works. If a strong acid does not kill them, then neither will a weak acid.

Furthermore, your body secretes a highly alkaline substance right where your small intestine starts, just past the stomach. This neutralizes stomach acid and automatically keeps the rest of your gut from being acidic. If the body can neutralize a strong acid, ascorbic acid is virtually irrelevant.


Ascorbic acid can be buffered, and if you have a sensitive stomach, should be. There are a variety of non-acidic forms. I do not sell vitamins or any other health products, and do not make brand recommendations.

Don’t be bluffed or blustered about ascorbic acid. It is cheap and it works. Aside from intravenous sodium ascorbate, the vast majority of research showing that vitamin C is effective in prevention and treatment of disease has used plain ascorbic acid. Yes, the cheap stuff.

Remember what Ward Cleaver, TV father on “Leave it to Beaver,” said to his young son: “A lot of people go through life trying to prove that the things that are good for them are wrong.”

(Andrew W. Saul, OMNS Editor, has taught health science, addiction recovery, clinical nutrition and chemistry. He is the coauthor, with Dr. Steve Hickey, of “Vitamin C: The Real Story.”)

To learn more:

Vitamin C as an antiviral

Flu, viruses, and vitamin C megadoses

Are tropical fish getting kidney stones from vitamin C? They make so much more than the RDA

What really causes kidney stones (and why vitamin C does not)

Vitamin C: Which form is best?

The complete text of Irwin Stone’s vitamin C book “The Healing Factor” is posted for free reading at

How to reach saturation (bowel tolerance) with oral doses of vitamin C, by Robert F. Cathcat

About Frederick Robert Klenner, M.D.

Dr. Klenner’s dosage table

Why the government thinks Guinea pigs are more important than people

Levy, TE. Curing the Incurable. Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins. Henderson, NV: MedFox Publishing, 2004. Reviewed at

Pauling L. How to Live Longer and Feel Better. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2006. Reviewed at . Linus Pauling’s complete vitamin and nutrition bibliography is posted at


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Do Vitamin C Showers Stop Chlorine Damage?

According to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, yes.

Vitamin C has been in the headlines recently with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio fitting their home showers with vitamin C shower filters. The MGM Grand has also increased the count of their “Stay Well” rooms which feature vitamin C showers, dawn simulator alarm clocks, aromatherapy diffusers, air purification systems, hypoallergenic bedding, and more.

So why the craze?

Why is Chlorine Added to Tap Water?

Since 1918, Chlorine has been added to the public water supply to kill disease-causing bacteria that can be transported into our homes. Chlorine has been hailed as the savior against cholera and other water-borne diseases that can cause diarrhea, severe dehydration, and sometimes death. Unfortunately, chlorine comes with a price. Chlorine can react with other naturally occurring elements to create toxins which have been shown to cause illnesses in major urban populations, notably Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and Southern California.

To demonstrate just how powerful a chemical chlorine is, chlorine was used as a weapon in World War I and more recently in the Iraq War. Chlorine gas was described by soldiers as smelling like a mixture between pepper and pineapple. It also tasted metallic and stung the back of the throat and chest. So you can see why filtering out the excess chlorine is essential to good health.

What do Vitamin C Showers Do?

Vitamin C Showers can reduce the water’s chlorine content and are said to leave the hair and skin in better condition. Vitamin C showers are said to neutralize chlorine’s residual side effects like:

  • Dry Skin
  • Dandruff
  • Frizzy Hair
  • Headaches
  • Itchy Eyes

Both forms of vitamin C (ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate) have been shown to effectively neutralize chlorine in water supplies. Vitamin C is considered a non-hazardous chemical and is not toxic to aquatic life at the levels used for dechlorinating water. Major luxury hotels and condominiums are beginning to outfit their rooms with vitamin c showers at a significant cost. Is this just a trend or are these vitamin c showers worth the added cost ($35 to $125 per filter).vitashower vitamin c showers

Do Vitamin C Showers Work?

Reviews are mixed on vitamin c showers but let’s do some math…wait don’t leave, okay I’ll do some math.


  • Federal regulations mandate new shower heads flow less than 2.5 gallons per minute. (9.5 liters)
  • EPA requires water systems to maintain a chlorine level at or below 4.0 mg/liters (goal is 2.0 mg/l)
  • Studies show average time spent in a shower is 10-12 minutes
  • Approximately 2.5 parts of ascorbic acid are required to neutralize 1 part chlorine. (see Vitamin C Neutralizes Chlorine Study)

This  means that low performing shower heads use  95 liters of water (10 minutes x 9.5 liters per minute) per shower. Consequently the average person is exposed to 190-380 mg of chlorine each time they shower. A typical vitamin c shower can contain 250 grams (250,000 mg) of vitamin c, which would be sufficient to neutralize all or some of the chlorine we are exposed to.

Is my math off? Are vitamin C showers a trend or here to stay?

Vitamin C Production in Goats vs Humans

goat produces its own vitamin cNo wonder this goat is so happy. A typical 155 pound goat is capable of producing over 13,000 milligrams of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) daily. As a comparison, the recommended dietary allowance for humans of vitamin C proposed and used by nutritionists, is 90 milligrams.

If goats are capable of producing their own ascorbic acid, why don’t humans? To see an infographic of the evolution of vitamin C synthesis, scroll to the bottom.

The requirement of ascorbic acid is a common property among living organisms. It has long been considered that all animals with the exceptions of guinea pigs, monkeys, and humans can produce their own vitamin C. Scientist have extensively studied the human genome and identified the defective gene for the synthesis of the active enzyme protein, L-gulonolactone oxidase or GLO (Stone 1979). This mutation is said to have occurred some 60 million years ago. The absence of GLO in the human liver blocks the conversion of glucose into ascorbic acid leading to an illness known as Scurvy (Inborn error of carbohydrate metabolism).

Evolution and the synthesis of Ascorbic Acid

Scientists believe that the ability to synthesize ascorbic acid began in the kidney of amphibians and was transferred to the liver of mammals like the goat. This biological trait disappeared from the guinea pig, flying mammals, the monkey, and man (Chatterjee et all 1975). Other notable animals that do not synthesize vitamin C are insects, invertebrates, and fishes. Some question whether ascorbic acid is an essential requirement for these species. The need for ascorbic acid may be very small for these species therefore they may supplement via their diet to maintain the proper levels of ascorbic acid. Although they can produce some vitamin C, domestic dogs and cats make much less than wild animals. This may explain why pets eventually suffer from the same diseases as humans.

Goat vitamin C production and stress related factors

The ability to synthesize vitamin C was somehow linked through evolutionary development. The step from the aquatic to the terrestial mode of life was a profound change involving a tremendous range of adaptations under strong selection pressure (Chatterjee et all 1975). This would explain why under stress goats were able to produce a higher level of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) than when unstressed (Stone 1979). As a biological defense mechanism, during times of stress ascorbic acid would be created in massive amounts. The beneficial effect of ascorbic acid in stress is now a well-established fact. When facing significant health stresses, C-making animals can dramatically increase ascorbic acid production by as much as 13 times normal levels. This could explain why wild animals tend to remain vibrantly healthy until they succumb to old age. (Levy 2011)

In spite of all this evidence, the recommended dietary allowance remains extremely low. This highlights the need for humans to supplement vitamin C. Is it possible that nature knows something the U.S. Government doesn’t?

Consider the facts:

  • Most animals synthesize their own vitamin C
  • Although defective, humans carry the gene that would provide the ability to synthesize vitamin C
  • C-synthesizing animals produce vastly more vitamin C than the 90 mg government RDA
  • C-producing animals radically increase production when faced with severe health challenges
  • Non-C-producing animals are much more susceptible to disease than animals in the wild

vitamin c animal production

Works Cited

Chatterjee, I. B., A. K. Majumder, B. K. Nandi, and N. Subramanian. “Synthesis And Some Major Functions Of Vitamin C In Animals.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 258.1 Second Confer (1975): 24-47. Print.

Stone, Irwin. “Homo Sapiens Ascorbicus, A Biochemically Corrected Robust Human Mutant.” Medical Hypotheses 5.6 (1979): 711-721. Print.

Levy, Thomas E. “Primal Panacea.” Medfox Publishing. (2011). 53-54. Print



IV Vitamin Therapy Shortage and Alternatives

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Celebrities have been feeling the heat from the public for depleting our nation’s supply of IV vitamins.

Notable names such as Simon Cowell and Madonna have been linked to these nutrient-rich drips that make you feel and look younger. The fad has taken Hollywood by storm and the drips are now becoming popular for their restorative properties including being used as a hangover cure. Pop singer, Rhianna, even went as far as posting a picture getting treatment via her Twitter account.

Rhianna twitter IV Drip Why are people outraged about this IV vitamin therapy?

The companies that supply IV ingredients to hospitals are selling the same ingredients to private clinics. Where the problem lies is that there is no centralized database that can direct these precious treatments to the people that need them most. Hospitals are struggling to keep up with demand and as a result many are at risk, including premature infants who rely on vitamin supplements to keep them alive and healthy.

“It’s appalling that we are sacrificing the health of our babies for beauty, energy, and hangover relief,” clinical pharmacist Steve Plogsted, who chairs the drug-shortage task force of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition told the Washingtonian. “We’ve got babies’ lives hanging in the balance while we’re worried about getting through a hangover.”

According to the “Washingtonian”, at least 15 people have died.

Last week, the manufacturer of the most-used adult and pediatric IV multi-vitamin informed health systems that its product—which contains B and C vitamins, among others—is now in shortage. Medical professionals say that, as a result, intravenous B and C vitamins now may be in danger of also going into shortage. In the 1990s, a multi-vitamin shortage led to a widespread thiamin (vitamin B-1) deficiency that caused several deaths.

Amid this public-health crisis, private clinics around the country are using high doses of intravenous B and C vitamins, and other nutrients that are in shortage, for nonmedical purposes. In some cases, clinics are taking nutrients out of the same limited pool that supplies hospitals and home health-care agencies. In other cases, facilities are injecting clients with nutrients from sources that don’t meet hospital safety standards.

Hospitals are competing with other businesses for the same resources, one such business called Hangover Heaven, is a Las Vegas based company that operates buses equipped with as many as 15 IVs to help people after a long night of binge drinking. The problem isn’t with these businesses or private clinics that offer these expensive treatments, the problem lies with how these valuable resources are distributed.

IV Vitamin Therapy

IVs are typically administered in private clinics or physicians offices for 30 to 60 minutes. Another great way to take high dose vitamin C is LivOn Labs Lypo-Spheric supplements. Using liposome encapsulated technology, LivOn Labs’ supplements are able to get straight into your bloodstream without needles.

When all of a nutrient is absorbed into the bloodstream, as in a direct intravenous injection, the bioavailability is 100%. If only a quarter of an ingested nutrient is absorbed, the bioavailability is 25%. Of course, bioavailability also depends on and is limited by other factors such as declining health status, advancing age, and the presence of other substances that compete for absorption.

In one study with non-liposome-encapsulated vitamin C, 19 mg of a 20 mg oral dose entered the bloodstream — a bioavailability of 98%. As the dose size increased beyond 30 mg, the bioavailability decreased drastically. They reported that a dose of 12,000 mg produced a maximum bioavailability of 16%! Liposomal lypo spheric bioavailability

Liposome encapsulation overcomes all these bioavailability and cellular uptake restrictions because liposomes, due to their size and composition, are able to passively absorb through the intestinal wall and through cellular membranes. As a result, liposome-encapsulated nutrients (like Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C) provide a greatly enhanced bioavailability (delivery into the bloodstream) and greatly improved delivery into individual cells.