Intravenous Vitamin C
Vitamin C in Cancer
Vitamin C in high concentrations, which are only achievable through intravenous infusions, is cytotoxic to cancer cells without damaging normal cells. Recent research has shown that high doses of vitamin C, administered intravenously with traditional chemotherapy, helps kill cancer cells while reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy for some cancer patients. (*link to my IVC page)
Vitamin C in Heart Disease
In the treatment of heart disease vitamin C helps prevent oxidation (rusting) of so-called bad cholesterol – a process that contributes to atherosclerosis.
Vitamin C in Collagen Formation
Vitamin C is needed for growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. It is necessary to form collagen, the primary protein used to make connective tissue, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and scar tissue. It is essential for wound healing, repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. Intravenous vitamin C can significantly improve joint function and mobility in many arthritic conditions and it is used post-surgery and post-injury to promote wound healing.
Vitamin C Deficiency
Vitamin C deficiency can lead to dry and splitting hair, inflammation of gums, all types of skin conditions, swollen and painful joints, anaemia, increased infections and poor wellbeing. Low levels of vitamin C have been associated with hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, atherosclerosis, arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin C and the immune System
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant. Antioxidants are nutrients that block damage by free radicals which cause oxidative stress. Chronic oxidative stress will ultimately lead to chronic degenerative diseases – for example, heart disease, cancer and arthritis. It is now known that vitamin C is critical for proper immune function. Stress, inflammation and infections increase the body’s demand for vitamin C. As vitamin C is water soluble and not stored in the body, it needs constant replacement to maximize immune function and overcome infections. Therapeutic doses for the treatment of chronic degenerative diseases can only be achieved intravenously.
Intravenously administered vitamin C as cancer therapy: three cases
High-Dose Vitamin C Promotes Regression of Multiple Pulmonary Metastases Originating from Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
Pharmacologic ascorbic acid concentrations selectively kill cancer cells: Action as a pro-drug to deliver hydrogen peroxide to tissues
High-dose parenteral ascorbate enhanced chemosensitivity of ovarian cancer and reduced toxicity of chemotherapy.
Pharmacological ascorbate with gemcitabine for the control of metastatic and node-positive pancreatic cancer (PACMAN): results from a phase I clinical trial.