Can drinking a glass of orange juice every morning cure cancer? No. But can high doses of vitamin C, delivered intravenously, make traditional treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy more effective and even extend the lives of cancer patients? Studies seem to indicate that the answer is yes.
Researchers have been looking into the possible benefits of concentrated doses of Vitamin C for cancer patients since the 1970s. Also called ascorbic acid, vitamin C is not naturally produced by the body but is consumed through food or supplements. Vitamin C’s antioxidant qualities have intrigued cancer scientists for decades, leading to numerous studies about its effects on cancer when administered in much higher doses than one would get though eating or over-the-counter supplements.
According the National Cancer Institute, those studies have revealed that:
- High doses of vitamin C may slow the growth and spread of prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, and other types of cancer cells.
- Combining vitamin C with anticancer therapies may be helpful, though some studies have shown that certain forms of vitamin C may make chemotherapy less effective.
- High-dose vitamin C treatment blocked tumor growth in animals in certain models of pancreatic, liver, prostate, and ovarian cancers, sarcoma, and malignant mesothelioma.
- High-dose intravenous vitamin C treatment in patients with cancer have shown improved quality of life in some studies, as well as improvements in physical, mental, and emotional functions, symptoms of fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, and appetite loss.
- Few side effects have been associated with concentrated vitamin C delivered intravenously.
A recent clinical trial conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa in Iowa City found that high doses of vitamin C can improve health outcomes for patients who are undergoing conventional cancer treatments. The trial studied the effect of giving between 800 and 1,000 times the daily recommended amount of vitamin C to patients with brain and lung cancer.
The research showed that while such large doses of vitamin C had no negative effect on normal cells, the iron in the tumors reacted with the vitamin to form destructive “free radical” molecules which selectively caused only cancerous cells to die. The study is a prelude to upcoming and larger trials investigating whether high-dose vitamin C injections can actually extend the lives of cancer patients and improve the quality of life for patients being treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, don’t start guzzling O.J. or downing supplements – one of the key findings of these studies is that oral administration of vitamin C won’t do the trick as the body’s metabolism gets in the way of the vitamin’s ability to impact cancerous cells. Instead, you should consult with your physician to discuss how high-dose vitamin C therapy can or should be integrated into your cancer treatment regimen.
Contact The Wellness Institute of the Americas to Learn More About Vitamin C and Cancer Treatment
At the Wellness Institute of the Americas in Miami, Dr. Juan Remos and his team of committed professionals offer a number of intravenous therapies, including vitamin C, designed to address a myriad of health conditions and contribute to overall health and well-being. Please contact the Wellness Institute of the Americas to arrange for a consultation and to learn more. We look forward to helping you make the positive changes that will provide lifelong benefits for you and your loved ones.