Does Vitamin C Cause Kidney Stones? My experience with vitamin C indicates that it does not cause kidney stones. The literature that I have read on the subject goes back to the late 1970s, and clearly states that the cause of kidney stones is a noisy environment coupled with not getting enough magnesium in your diet. Actually, blood work completed on people with kidney stones shows that the common factor they share is they are low on magnesium.
You may be wondering why haven’t the medical experts informed the public of this fact. I believe the medical establishment is leery of such claims unless they are clinically tested repeatedly with the same results. To me it seems that if taking a magnesium supplement can keep one’s kidneys free of stones, then it is worth giving it a try. After all, the only side effect of getting too much magnesium is loose stools.
I have taken 500mg of vitamin C for years – since my late teens – until I was around 55 years of age. After the age of 55, I increased my vitamin C intake to 1,000mg a day just for good measure. But my increases in vitamin C intake did not stop there. At the age of 63, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. At that point, I increased my vitamin C intake to 3,000mg per day. Ten months later, on October 2012, I increased my vitamin C intake to 4,000mg.
I increased my intake of vitamin C to to such high quantities because vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Oxidation is part of the reason that our risk to diseases like cancer increases. It made sense to me that preventing oxidation from occurring in my body with the use of extra vitamin C to stop my cancer was a good idea. I have been taking 4,000mg of vitamin C every day since with no evidence of kidney stones.
The good news is, I was found to be cancer free in March 2015 when a second biopsy of my prostate was completed. You can read the full details of the information I covered in this Blog on Kidney Stones and Cancer in the Premium Suite of my smartphone APP, HealthyLC.