Death sentence from a routine doctor visit? 40% experience kidney failure after this common treatment. Vitamin C – the secret cure?
Only Vitamin C can save you from this…
Have you ever taken Tylenol?
Acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol and Tylenol) is a very popular painkiller.
One of the many risks of using acetaminophen is kidney damage.
This study set out to find out if vitamin C could protect kidneys from acetaminophen-induced organ damage.
This animal study was conducted at the Department of Biochemistry, Christian Medical College in India and published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
In this study, the scientists injected acetaminophen into the body cavities of rats.
This is a common procedure in rodent studies. It simulates oral dosing in humans.
Dosing these animals with acetaminophen in this way normally causes kidney (renal) damage.
“Renal injury was induced in rats by the administration of 1 g/kg body weight paracetamol intraperitoneally.”
Then these rats received similar injections of vitamin C in different dose ranges and at different time intervals after receiving acetaminophen (1.5 hours to 16 hours).
“Some rats received injections of vitamin C (250, 500, or 1000 mg/kg body wt) at 1.5 hrs to 16 hrs after the administration of acetaminophen.”
Vitamins C protected the animals’ kidneys from damage induced by acetaminophen.
“The administration of vitamin C to the acetaminophen-treated rats prevented renal damage either completely or partially.”
Timing and dosage were both found to be important factors in the level of protection afforded by vitamin C.
“Lower doses of vitamin C were beneficial in the prevention of acetaminophen-induced renal injury when administered early – higher doses were beneficial when administered later.”
The longer the time period between being exposed to a kidney-damaging substance and taking a vitamin C supplement, the higher the dose of vitamin C you need.
According to the study…
…Very high doses of vitamin C can be beneficial in preventing kidney damage after ingesting acetaminophen.
“Megadoses of vitamin C may be beneficial in the treatment of paracetamol-induced renal damage.”
Acetaminophen is one of the most popular over-the-counter painkillers worldwide.
It also causes a lot of organ damage – it’s pretty toxic compared to, say, aspirin.
Acetaminophen is commonly overdosed – both accidentally and intentionally.
The study shows that when an excessive amount of acetaminophen is ingested a high dose of vitamins C can protect against kidney damage up to 16 hours later.
“In overdose situations (such as accidental or suicidal ingestion) acetaminophen produces liver necrosis and kidney failure in both humans and experimental animals.”
Vitamin C is a very well-known antioxidant.
This means that it mops up damaging free radicals – it lowers oxidative stress.
Increased oxidative stress is thought to be one of the ways in which acetaminophen causes organ damage.
This may be why vitamin C is protective against it.
“Oxidative stress is reported to play a role in the pathogenesis of paracetamol-induced kidney damage, as evidenced by increase in lipid peroxidation.”
When acetaminophen causes an increase in oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation, these byproducts damage kidney cells and the cells of other organs.
Vitamins C mops up dangerous free radicals – limiting organ damage caused by acetaminophen.
Every year, many people end up in the emergency room because of acetaminophen.
This study shows that medical professionals could administer megadoses of vitamins C to limit or prevent the damage caused by excessive acetaminophen intake.
Vitamin C allows us to protect ourselves from acetaminophen poisoning.
Acetaminophen metabolites decrease one of our primary antioxidants – glutathione.
Once glutathione is completely depleted, free radicals are uninhibited in their ability to damage our organs.
Vitamin C is involved in the recycling of glutathione.
Vitamin C is also involved in protecting another vital antioxidant – vitamin E.
It’s likely that supplemental glutathione or supplemental vitamin E could provide a similar degree of protection against acetaminophen toxicity.
You should see a healthcare professional immediately if you suspect an overdose of acetaminophen.
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- Vitamin C may be beneficial in the prevention of paracetamol-induced renal damage
- Acetaminophen Information | FDA
- Acetaminophen safety: Be cautious but not afraid - Harvard Health