Can Vitamin C Cure Cancer?
And you may be interested to know that high dose Vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for cancer since the 1970’s. These studies have found that the body is better able to absorb and utilize high doses of Vitamin C when it is delivered intravenously directly into the patient’s bloodstream.
If you take a look at the National Cancer Institute’s website, you will see a summary of research studies and clinical trials indicating that high doses of Vitamin C have proven effective in the treatment of many types of cancer. Specifically:
- Treatment with high-dose vitamin C may slow the growth and spread of prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, malignant mesothelioma, neuroblastoma, and other types of cancer cells.
- Breast cancer patients who received IV vitamin C had better quality of life and fewer side effects than those who did not receive IV Vitamin C.
- In a small study of 9 patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, patients who were given chemotherapy once per week for 3 weeks along with IV vitamin C twice per week for 4 weeks stopped the progression of the cancer for a period of months. The combined treatment was well tolerated and no serious side effects were reported.
- In a 2014 study of 27 patients with advanced ovarian cancer, patients who received IV vitamin C along with chemotherapy had fewer serious side effects from the chemotherapy.
- Combining high-dose vitamin C with radiation therapy killed more glioblastoma multiforme cells than radiation therapy alone.
How Vitamin C Cancer Therapy Works
Rather than attack cancer cells directly, vitamin C compounds appear to convert into another oxidized substance known as dehydroascorbic acid, or DHA. The DHA tricks cancer cells into accepting it for entry. Only once it gains access, this DHA is converted back into ascorbic acid (a type of vitamin C), causing cancer cells to essentially commit suicide.
“The current study reveals that DHA acts as a Trojan horse,” reports Medical News Today. “Once inside, natural antioxidants in the cancer cell attempt to convert the DHA back to ascorbic acid; in the process, these antioxidants are depleted, and the cell dies from oxidative stress.”
Another cancer researcher, Dr. High Riordan, has found that intravenous vitamin C does more than just kill cancer cells. It boosts immunity and can help the body wall off cancer tumors. High doses of Vitamin C inhibit hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumors use to metastasize and invade other organs throughout the body. It induces apoptosis to help program cancer cells into dying early.
Dr. Riordan also found that cancer patients frequently exhibit classic symptoms of scurvy that generally go unrecognized by conventional physicians. These symptoms include chronic fatigue, listlessness, bruising easily, poor appetite, difficulty sleeping and a low threshold for pain. Vitamin C reverses these symptoms of scurvy and helps restore the patient’s energy levels and ability to sleep well.
Cancer patients who receive IV Vitamin C have reported that their pain level goes down, and that they are better able to tolerate their chemotherapy. They bounce back quicker since the IV Vitamin C reduces the toxicity of the chemotherapy and radiation without compromising their cancer cell killing effects.
In summary: IV Vitamin C therapy can help cancer patients withstand the effects of traditional cancer therapies, heal faster, be more resilient to infection, develop a better appetite, and remain more active overall. These things promote a better response to their cancer therapy.