Integrative Cancer Support
Vitamin C Vitamin C has long been known for its effects on immune stimulation and function. Because of vitamin C's role in maintaining normal immune function, many people use it for treating and preventing infectious conditions such as the common cold. Activity of several major immune cells and the messengers they produce seem to be increased by vitamin C. An additional viewpoint is that vitamin C serves as an antioxidant and increased intake from either foods or dietary supplements may promote good health. Cancer chemoprevention studies i.e., studies that have looked at the use of chemical agents, drugs, or food supplements to prevent the development of cancer, have used this antioxidant rationale to examine any association between decreased tumor incidence and Vitamin C ingestion. Unfortunately, these studies have not revealed tumor reduction with use of ORAL vitamin C. In contrast to this line of investigation, there is also the hypothesis that high doses of intravenous Vitamin C may create a pro-oxidant or “cell-killing” state within tumors and possibly improve quality of life. Evolving research speaks to this hypothesis and the use of vitamin C, intravenously, as a cancer fighter. So far, high dose vitamin C has been tested in phase...