Vitamin C Adjunct to Cancer Treatment

One of the most well established antioxidants known is vitamin C and it’s health benefits have been demonstrated over time for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. It has also been shown through research that vitamin C is cytotoxic to cancer cells when administered by IV in high doses, and has a number of heart and cardiovascular benefits. It the opinion of many, it is a very useful supplement that should be included as a part of most cancer treatment protocols.

You need to have a very high concentration of vitamin C in your blood in order to effectively kill cancer cells. The only way to obtain these extreme levels is through IV administration. Bypassing the digestive tract with IV administration results in blood levels up to 500 times higher than what you can achieve through the oral route. The mechanism behind vitamin C’s ability to target cancer cells has to do with the generation of hydrogen peroxide, which is what actually kills the cancer cells. The vitamin C breaks down easily.

Vitamin C has other benefits for cancer by lowering inflammation in your body. It helps lower pro-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein that correlate with a reduction in tumor size. A 15-year-long research project called RECNAC (cancer spelled backwards) was completed by Riordan, which showed vitamin C was selectively cytotoxic against cancer cells. Further research has been done by scientists at the Lewis Cantley of Weill Cornel Medicine in New York that found high doses of vitamin C helps kill and eliminate colorectal cancer cells with certain genetic mutations. Even further studies have shown the high-dose vitamin C can help slow the growth of prostate, pancreatic, liver and colon cancer cells.

Vitamin C is best known for its ability to combat infectious disease, which is highlighted in Dr. Thomas Levy’s book, “Curing the Incurable.” In combination with thiamine (B1), vitamin C and hydrocortisone have also been shown to be helpful in the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock. Your heart, blood vessels, lungs and eyes also receive benefits from vitamin C. This vitamin can help in the following ways:

  • Decrease risk of post-operative atrial fibrillation after heart surgery, thereby
    reducing the risk of stroke and heart failure.
  • Reduce high blood pressure by protecting your body’s supply of nitric oxide.
  • Reduce your risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among smokers.
  • Prevent heart attacks, by reducing inflammation.
  • Protects your vision by improving the function of your retinal cells and reduces
    your risk for cataracts by fighting oxidative stress.

It is important to get your glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase ( G-6 PD) checks beforehand. This is an enzyme in your red blood cells that need to maintain membrane integrity. If you are a G-6 PD person, high dose Vitamin C can be very dangerous and can even cause death.

The suggested dosage for vitamin C is between 25 to 75 grams intravenously which is 300X the normal amount of vitamin C you’d get from eating a healthy diet. We all need 300 to 400 mg/dl to achieve selective cytotoxicity against cancer cells. Eat a balance diet rich in vitamin C with varied whole foods to avoid causing a nutritional imbalance.

Dr Fredda Branyon