Everything You Must Know About: Vitamin C

Best ways to get vitamin C

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Intravenous vitamin C dosage is gaining widespread popularity both domestically (here in the US) and throughout the world.  What started as ‘holistic’ care is becoming more mainstream through the use of cancer centers and the like.  Naturopathic doctors and functional medicine doctors were the first to use intravenous vitamin C after it was discovered by Linus Pauling in the 1970s. 

Pauling the noted Nobel Prize winner used IVC with cancer patients to increase survival times in those with advanced cancer.  Later in 2006 the Canadian medical association journal showed three reports of cases where the cancer went into remission through the use of IVC therapy.

The most recent studies look at tumor growth, quality of life and containing the effects of chemotherapy.

Oral Vs IVC

Intravenous vitamin C goes straight to the bloodstream whereas oral vitamin C must work its way through the gastrointestinal system.  The intestinal system has the capacity to absorb 250 micromoles by contrast the IVC can bring levels to as high as 30 millimoles.

If dosing using the oral method the maximum suggested is 3 grams, 4 times per day. 

How does Vitamin C kill cancer cells?

This is meant to induce cytotoxic reactive oxygen species, hydrogen peroxide which will kill the tumor/cancer cells.  In a normal functioning cell hydrogen peroxide is metabolized into water and oxygen.  Tumor cells on the other hand lack catalase leaving them vulnerable to the cytotoxic effects of HP.

What does that all mean?  Vitamin C kills bad cells and gives healthy cells more oxygen.   

Another bonus: tumor cells take in more vitamin C compared to normal cells via facilitated transport, specifically glucose transports. 

Cancer cells have more glucose transports because they need more glucose to function. 

Cancer lives off glucose AKA sugar!

Is it Safe?

Yes. It has a high safety profile.

Why isn’t this more widely talked about?

Its not patentable.  You can buy vitamin C at any store and its cheap.

This means big companies can’t make a lot of money off vitamin C therapy so they don’t research it or even talk about the very effective research that has been done.

Considerations

Vitamin C therapy is gaining traction throughout the world and needs more research for further applications.  As always, we should be careful about the ways in which we get our vitamins and minerals.  Making sure that we vet each source and strive the highest quality available.