Vitamin C found to be Useful in the Treatment of Cancer
Vitamin C is a vitamin we are all familiar with, but apparently know little about. Studies and research have shown that the popular vitamin widely known to be present in citrus fruits is a great medical remedy for cancer and heart diseases.
Vitamin C is classified as an ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement.
Its an essential nutrient found mainly in fruits and vegetables. The body requires vitamin C to form and maintain bones, blood vessels, and skin. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, one that cannot be stored or produced by the body except if consumed in insignificant amounts. It must be replenished daily.
Vitamin C helps produce collagen, a protein needed to develop and maintain healthy teeth, bones, gums, cartilage, vertebrae discs, joint linings, skin and blood vessels. Its generally found in citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
Reports say Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants that can protect against damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, as well as toxic chemicals and pollutants like cigarette smoke. Free radicals can build up and contribute to the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
Vitamin C is easily absorbed both in food and in pill form, and it can enhance the absorption of iron when the two are eaten together.
Although research has been conflicting, one study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that those with the highest concentrations of vitamin C in their blood were associated with 42% lower stroke risk than those with the lowest concentrations. The reasons for this are not completely clear. But what is clear is that people who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables have higher blood levels of vitamin C.
Vitamin C may help in treating cancer. As an antioxidant, it protects the body against oxidative stress and helps prevent the oxidation of other molecules. It appears to regenerate other antioxidants in the body, too. Studies suggest that vitamin C may complement chemotherapy for cancer patients.
High doses of vitamin C have been found to reduce the speed of growth of some types of cancerous tissue. Researchers have proposed using vitamin C in cancer patients whose treatment options are limited.
Continuous studies are needed to understand which cancers could be affected by vitamin C and which other effective treatments can be used in conjunction with vitamin C, as well as the long-term effects of this.
Some scientists however, have disputed the use of vitamin C in cancer treatment, however, according to Medical News Today, in 2013, researchers found evidence that high doses of intravenous vitamin C might benefit cancer patients. A 2015 study confirmed its effectiveness.
The National Cancer Institute report several studies that used high dose vitamin C intravenously with few side effects.
A number of doctors support it and are already using it in treatment. And one great advantage of using Vitamin C is that one does not have to worry about overdosing.