Vitamin C, the Brain, and Behavior

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin needed for health.Human beings do not have the ability to make vitamin C in the body like most other mammals are able to, and therefore must obtain the vitamin from dietary sources (Higdon, 2006). Within the human body, vitamin C functions as an essential cofactor in numerous enzymatic reactions such as in the biosynthesis of collagen, carnitine, and catecholamines, in addition to a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C also accumulates in the central nervous system, especially in the neuronsof the brain (Drake, 2011). Research, although primarily among animals studies, demonstrates the importance of vitamin C as a vital antioxidant molecule in the brain, having a potential therapeutic role against neurodegenerative diseases that involve high levels of oxidative stress,such as ischemic stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntingdon’s disease(Harrison & May, 2009). In addition, a review of the literature reveals that researchers are exploring not only the deficiency risks but also the therapeutic uses of nutrients, such as vitamin C, in substance abuse treatment.

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Reams Basic Dietary Rules Handout

Basic Dietary Rules
According to Reams


 Much of the suggested dietary rules, based upon body chemistry, are for normalizing the “numbers”.  However, certain substances in general are not compatible with good health and should be eliminated from any diet designed to promote good health.

Eliminate from the diet:

  • Caffeine, Coffee (one cup is acceptable)
  • The “Whites” — white flour, white sugar, salt (including sea salt), white rice
  • White potatoes (limit)
  • Alcohol (all kinds)
  • Black Teas (not herbal)
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Ice Cream
  • Chocolate
  • Black Pepper and Nutmeg
  • Roasted and salted nuts
  • Oils — hydrogenated vegetable oils

Choose foods to eat in the following order of preference:

  • Fresh — whole and raw (appropriate)
  • Dried — beans, peas, fruit (not processed)
  • Frozen
  • Canned (home canned is preferred to commercially canned products)

Avoid “unclean” meats:

  • Pork, ham. bacon, sausage
  • All processed lunch meats
  • Shrimp, lobster, clams, scallops, squid, octopus, mussels, crab, oysters, escargot
  • tuna
  • Squirrel, rabbit
  • Duck, goose
  • Scavenger and carnivorous animals – skin fish (catfish, Mackerel, shark, etc.)
  • Reptiles

Eat only “clean” meats. (Best not to fry):

  • Fish (with scales) — Salmon, cod, bass, trout, perch, flounder, sardines, haddock, etc.
  • Foul — pheasant, chicken, turkey, quail
  • Lamb, beef, venison, buffalo


  • Breads yellow cornmeal, quinoa, sourdough, natural grains, sprouted breads – rye, sourdough, whole wheat (Alvarado Street Bakery brand of sprouted bread is available at grocery stores in the organic section or health food stores, as are Ezekiel breads)
  • Eggs — 2 eggs twice a week – boiled, poached, scrambled.
  • Fats — Cold pressed – Olive oil, sesame oil, flax seed oil.  Ghee – clarified butter, 100% butter, Coconut oil
  • Milk — Yogurt 3-4 times per week.  Raw milk.  Goat milk.
  • Seasoning — Chives, cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic, herbs, kelp, laurel, marjoram, onions, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, thyme, stevia
  • Sweets — carob, unpasteurized dark honey, date sugar, maple sugar, maple syrup, black strap molasses, birch sugar (xylitol may cause intestinal upset, go light)


If energy level is below 70%, you may be advised to not eat animal protein.

If energy level is above 70%, you’ll be advised to which meats are appropriate.


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Find the Silver Lining

Positive Reframing:SilverLining

What is the silver lining in your situation?

What is the best thing you did for yourself today?

What did you enjoy the most about this week so far?

Every cloud has a silver lining if you look hard enough. Do you purposely look for the silver lining when your life is difficult and overwhelming?  I honestly don’t know how I’d get through each day without finding the silver lining.  Those of you who know me well enough may wonder that yourself.  The answer is Positive Reframing. As someone who coaches others to well-being, this is vital in our conversation.  In my personal life, this is vital as well.  How about you?  Do you know how to find the silver lining?