Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid or ascorbate) is a nutrient we must get from food or dietary supplements since the body cannot make it. Vitamin C is an antioxidant – it helps prevent oxidative stress and works with enzymes to play a key role in making collagen.
A severe lack of vitamin C in the diet causes scurvy, a disease with symptoms of extreme weakness, dry skin, lethargy, easy bruising, and bleeding.
High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer since the 1970s. A Scottish surgeon named Ewan Cameron worked with Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling to study the possible benefits of Vitamin C Therapy in clinical trials of cancer patients in the late 1970s and early 1980’s.
Surveys of healthcare practitioners at United States CAM conferences in recent years have shown that high-dose IV vitamin C is frequently given to patients as a treatment for infections, fatigue, and various cancers, including breast cancer.
High-Dose Vitamin C as a Complementary Therapy
More than fifty years ago, a study suggested that cancer was a disease of changes in connective tissue caused by a lack of vitamin C.
In the 1970’s, it was proposed that high-dose ascorbic acid could help build resistance to disease or infection, and possibly treat cancer.
Later studies showed that the levels of vitamin C that collect in the bloodstream depend on how it is taken.
When taken by intravenous (IV) infusion, vitamin C can reach much higher levels in the blood than when taken by mouth. Studies suggest that these higher levels of vitamin C may cause the death of cancer cells in the laboratory.
Vitamin C may be given by intravenous (IV) infusion or taken by mouth, although much higher blood levels are reached when given intravenously.
We can get a lot of vitamin C from various fruits, especially citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and oranges.
Other foodstuffs that are high in Vitamin C, which most individuals are totally unaware of, include Chili peppers, Red bell peppers, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Pineapple, Kale, Broccoli, Papaya, Green bell peppers, Strawberries, Kiwi Fruit, and Mango.
Read more about how High-Dose Vitamin C is administered, Possible Side-effects and Risks etc., on our static Complementary & Alternative Therapies page, High-Dose Vitamin C
Please note that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust shares information regarding various types of cancer treatments on this blog merely for informational use.
LFCT does not endorse or promote any specific cancer treatments – we believe that the public should be informed but that the option is theirs to take as to what treatments are to be used.
Always consult your medical practitioner prior to taking any other medication, natural or otherwise.