nic wrote:Naturopath recommended adding Potassium Bicarbonate to my Cardio C to reduce serious gastric distress with 3 g C, 2 or 3 times per day.
Would I be undercutting the C, or Lysine or Proline in the Pauling Therapy by adding Potassium Bicarbonate?
How much would you add to buffer the acidity of 3 grams of C?
I use potassium bicarb myself to neutralize acidity because an infection in my stomach reacts to anything acidic that I consume.
If you get some pH paper, which is fairly inexpensive for a large roll, you can test before and after adding potassium bicarb to find out it's pH. When you reach 7 pH it is neutral. It might start out at around 1 to 2.5 pH so might require a lot of potassium bicarb to neutralise the acidity.
You might be better off by using magnesium carbonate mixed with ascorbic acid to help neutralise the acidity and provide some valuable magnesium as magnesium ascorbate. That is about 200mg of magnesium per 5ml scoop skimmed off but not packed. You might be able to add a few of those to help neutralise the acidity. The white colour turns clear when it is fully reacted. A little warmth helps so add a little warm water but not hot as you do not want the temperature rising too much above 40C. The reaction happens faster at higher temperatures. I would not recommend dipping pH paper into the liquid, take a tiny sample using a spoon and pour that onto the pH paper. Once you know how much is required you might not need to do it again if you use the same quantities.
I get a burning in the stomach that came on after being on 3 g of C, 3 times per day. (50050 mixture of Cardio C and Askorsine 9)
Do 9 g following the chart for 100 mg per kg bodyweight therapeutic dose that JohnWen put out here:viewtopic.php?f=10&t=7593#p18790
So you think I might be losing half of the C effect by combining with potassium bicarbonate?
I might just try taking after meals to keep my stomach under control.
I short, no, you will not lose half the vitamin c by adding a bicarbonate. You will just convert the ascorbic acid to sodium ascorbate or potassium ascorbate which will be used by the body.