Intravenous vitamin c for cancer is a vital part of our holistic approach to cancer care.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient. It is also known as ascorbic acid and is found in citrus fruits and vegetables. It acts as an antioxidant by protecting cells from free radicals. High-dose vitamin C is administered via iv therapy and challenges cancer cells at a metabolic level without harming normal functioning cells.
Free radicals are formed when the body converts food into energy. It can also come from exposure to environmental hazards like UV rays from the sun, air pollution, and cigarette smoke.
Vitamin C is crucial to collagen production. Collagen is a protein needed to help the body heal wounds. It also helps the body improve iron absorption and strengthen the immune system so it can protect the body from diseases.
How Does IV Vitamin C Work?
Cancer cells lack many enzymes that healthy cells have in abundance. They are also unable to use oxygen to metabolize glucose and use it for energy production. A particular enzyme that transforms oxygen and water into hydrogen peroxide is catalase.
Catalase is “antioxidant enzymes” that transform oxygen and water into hydrogen peroxide. In a vitamin C injection, vitamin C acts as a pro-oxidant in high concentration, and some hydrogen peroxide is formed which is rapidly disposed of by catalase in a normal cell. Since cancer cells have a deficiency or entirely lack catalase, the peroxides kill the cancer cell.
Vitamin C And Cancer Stem Cells
One piece of research found that intravenous high-dose vitamin C was found to be significantly more potent than the experimental drug (2-DG) in killing cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells are the “ultimate back-up copy” that allows cancer cells to grow back.
Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells without stem activity do not have “metabolic flexibility” to adapt to changing nutrient sources. This gives healthy cells the advantage when targeted therapy, like vitamin C injection, is used.
Another study revealed that high-dose vitamin C was able to “kill cancer stem cells” resistant to the antibiotic doxycycline. This antibiotic is prescribed against several types of cancers including breast, ovarian, prostate, lung, pancreatic and melanoma.
Why IV Vitamin C?
Intravenous vitamin C is the best way to maximize its potential. A study (sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170109134014.htm) found that, by bypassing the digestive route, vitamin C can “create blood levels that are 100-500 times higher than levels seen with oral ingestion.” This “super-high concentration” is crucial to vitamin C’s cancer cell-attacking properties. The same study reinforced the role of hydrogen peroxide, generated as vitamin C “breaks down easily”, in damaging tumor tissues.
Clinical trials(cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/vitamin-c-pdq) and further laboratory studies have also found that “high-dose vitamin C has redox properties” and helped decrease the proliferation of pancreatic, colon, and prostate cancer cell lines, among others. Patients who have had high-dose vitamin C injection also reported “improved quality of life” and “decreases in cancer-related toxicities.”
In addition to killing cancer cells and cancer stem cells, other noted benefits of intravenous vitamin C include pain reduction, increased energy and appetite, reduced inflammation and sepsis associated with cancer, protection against viral, bacterial and fungal infections, reduction of cancer angiogenesis (formation of new blood cells), reduction of post-surgery pain and recovery time and decreased chances of post-surgery cancer recurrence.
It is no wonder why iv vitamin c is an essential part of our cancer care program at The LifeCo Clinic.
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