Is Vitamin C Therapy For Cancer Effective?Russ Curran
High dose vitamin c therapy for cancer has a massive amount of scientific research behind it!
Vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient that has many known health benefits. Numerous published studies have found vitamin c therapy for cancer to be effective in helping people heal from cancer. It is a metabolic treatment that challenges cancer cells in a way they are unable to respond to.
Vitamin C is crucial to the growth, development, and repair of all tissues. It aids in collagen formation, iron absorption and maintaining the strength of bones, teeth, and cartilage.
Aside from preventing further complication of common colds, vitamin C strengthens the immune system, especially for those whose immune system is weakened by constant stress. Did you know that vitamin C is “sensitive to stress”? It is a good marker for overall health because it is the first to be depleted among those who are obese, alcoholics and smokers.
One study also noted that those with the highest concentrations of vitamin C in the blood had a 42% lower chance of suffering from a stroke. Higher vitamin C intake has also been associated with helping reduce the signs of skin aging such as dryness and wrinkles. Further research has pointed to the importance of ascorbic acid in improving macular degeneration and managing inflammation.
Other noted health and medical benefits include:
- Treating and preventing toxicity caused by drugs or metals;
- Treating peptic ulcers, swine flu, gout, and tetanus;
- Correcting protein imbalance in newborn babies;
- Minimizing side effects of bowel preparation;
- Helping prevent clogging in veins and arteries; and
- Helping chest pain medications work longer, among others.
High-dose Vitamin C In Cancer Therapy
Intravenous high-dose vitamin C allows for higher levels of this vital nutrient in the blood compared to its orally ingested counterpart.
This is important because vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help the body fight off free radicals. When these unstable atoms build-up, it can trigger cardiovascular diseases or cancer.
As part of cancer treatment, high-dose vitamin C can challenge cancer cells at a metabolic level without adversely affecting healthy cells. This works because vitamin C injection causes the formation of hydrogen peroxide.
A healthy cell has many enzymes that cancer cells do not have, including catalase. Catalase protects the normal cells from peroxide and since cancer cells lack or do not have them entirely, it is killed by the hydrogen peroxide.
Studies have found that high-dose vitamin C can help decrease the spread of certain types of cancer cell lines including pancreatic, colon and prostate. Among patients, intravenous administration of high-dose vitamin C has also been noted as helpful in improving the quality of life and managing “cancer-related toxicities.”
More research found that high-dose vitamin C was “10x more potent” than an experimental drug when it comes to killing cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells are the “ultimate backup copy” that can enable cancer cells to regrow. And while resistant to the antibiotic doxycycline, there is evidence that high-dose vitamin C can kill cancer stem cells in certain types including breast, lung, prostate and pancreatic.
For patients who have chosen to undergo chemotherapy, high-dose vitamin C therapy can help reduce the side effects and toxicities. Given vitamin C’s potent properties, it can decrease a chemotherapy dose without affecting the “cancer kill rate.”
It can improve energy, appetite and post-surgery recovery time. It can also aid in decreasing cancer-related inflammation and sepsis.
The LifeCo Clinic uses vitamin C for cancer therapy as part of our integrated cancer care program? To find out more, contact us for an individualized consultation.