Why would vitamin C be "anti inflammatory"?
My bias is that in people taking ordinary small amounts of vitamin C, their adrenals are compromised leading to inadequate endogenous production of the main Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory hormone cortisol. Often taking more vitamin C leads to secondary effects.
But when there is an unexplained inflammation anywhere, it tells me that their own cortisol is probably too low. The older they are, the more likely this is, etc. And if they are not taking any steroids or hydrocortisone, then there is a home saliva test (ZRT) that can be used to determine if low-cortisol is the issue.
If it is, Houston we may have a problem, i.e., getting a doctor to prescribe the BIOIDENTICAL version of the cortisol hormone - hydrocortisone. The medical profession has been brainwashed against this simple, natural solution. I have noticed, but have not had time to research, that the FDA allowed low dosages of hydrocortisone to be sold "over the counter", so it may be possible to achieve Dr. William Mck Jefferies'suggested maintenance dosages (Safe Uses of Cortizol, 3rd Edition) without a prescription.
Owen R. Fonorow, Orthomolecular Naturopath