I know, I know…I threw some heavy shade on it in the Emergency Relief post. That’s because the vast majority of UTI’s are caused by the gram negative bacteria E. coli, which as I cover in The pH Connection, is highly acid-adaptive. Ascorbic acid Vitamin C, the most common form, is highly acidifying in the urine, meaning it’ll hurt more than it will help with an E. coli infection.
In E. coli, ascorbic acid is taken up and metabolized by a specific phosphotransferase system and a series of enzymatic reactions
There’s Vitamin C in the lemon juice you’re using to keep your bladder flushed out, so it’s not like you’re not getting any, you’re just not taking the acidic form.
While even alkaline forms of Vitamin C seem to have limited effect on most UTI bacteria, if you’ve had your UTI cultured and it’s caused by staphylococcus or strep, you should drop everything and go directly to ascorbic acid. In large doses it slaughters antibiotic-resistant gram positive infections with an enthusiasm that puts Mongol hordes to shame. I fell over this fact while I was searching for a cure for a serious cat bite infection.
A staph infection that seemingly nothing could cure was done in by oral and topical treatment with ascorbic acid. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I’d have had trouble believing it. I’m just grateful I happened to have some on hand, and went ahead and tried it…because it surpassed my wildest hopes. It’s almost enough to make me think that not every miraculous Vitamin C testimonial on the internet is a steaming pile of unadulterated hooey.
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I mean, you can’t trust anything you read on the internet, right?! Buncha wild-eyed wackos on there, trying to get you to take herbs and charcoal and stuff.
After observing its effects on my infection, I found a study involving Vitamin C and staph.
Interestingly, vitamin C by itself inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus as well, and 5 mM vitamin C inhibited growth completely. Even though the acidity of vitamin C contributes to the inhibition of S. aureus growth, neutralized vitamin C also inhibits the growth efficiently even without quercetin. Our results suggest that vitamin C affects the metabolism of S. aureus and that these changes are likely to result in the observed growth inhibition. Although vitamin C itself is a powerful antioxidant, its aerobic metabolism increases oxidative stress on bacterial cells. Vitamin C may therefore be a safe and natural alternative for restricting the growth of S. aureus when non-toxicity is required.
And for streptococcus infections…
Enzyme activity measurement showed that L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C (Vc)) competitively inhibits the hyaluronan degradation by Streptococcus pneumoniae hyaluronate lyase
As far as Enterococcus goes…there’s some evidence that it metabolizes nominal amounts of ascorbic acid, but becomes completely inhibited by greater concentrations.
We show that Enterococcus faecalis can utilize ascorbate for fermentative growth…Increasing the concentration of ascorbate up to 12.5 mM did not improve cell yield, and 55 mM ascorbate inhibited growth completely.
If you have Entero, I’d say it’s worth a try, but proceed with caution.
You’ll be happy to hear that it isn’t necessary to get it administered by IV: I took a total of 2-3 tsp a day in a glass of water, and it cleared my infection right up. You can take larger doses if you want, but I recommend purchasing calcium ascorbate if you need to take larger doses over a prolonged period: it won’t keep you in the bathroom like ascorbic acid.
For an active UTI, (of course, also take the 4×4 doses of good OLE) start with 1500 mg 3x a day (morning, mid-afternoon, bedtime), and see how that affects your symptoms and morning test results. Adjust dosage upward as needed, and continue until your test strips have been clear at the 5 minute mark for 3 days running…which shouldn’t take very long at all.
Naturally, you still need to cleanse your gut with charcoal, and rebuild with probiotics, as well. That will restore your overall health and prevent future infections, from any type of bacteria.