High Dose Vitamin C as an adjunctive Cancer Therapy - Ottawa, ON Canada
Intravenous vitamin infusion therapies have gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. However, the research behind their use continues to grow and the applications for their use in the treatment of various conditions is still being learned.
One area in which there is a significant amount of preliminary research is high dose Vitamin C therapies use adjunctively with conventional cancer therapies.
The reasons Vitamin C is delivered by an IV is because it allows us to raise the concentration of Vitamin C in the blood more than 50x higher than what can be accomplished with oral supplementation. The reason behind the high dose therapy is that it behaves differently in the body when provided in such a high concentration. Usually Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant in the body, however, in these high concentrations it actually behaves as a pro-oxidant, and it becomes toxic for the cancer cells. In fact, in one study where Women had advanced stage breast cancer, patients provided with the high dose vitamin C IV had an improvement in their quality of life, when patients that that far advanced disease would usually be expected to have a decline in their overall quality of life.
Early studies have also found that the high dose vitamin c therapy can significantly improve energy, increase appetite, and improve overall quality of life for patients while they are receiving conventional chemotherapy. The high dose Vitamin C is provided by IV on days separate from the chemotherapy.
High dose vitamin C therapies also have specific risks and side effects, particularly they may increase headaches, dehydration, and fatigue the day of the therapy. However, these are usually transient side effects that subside after a day or two.
This article is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor or Primary Care Provider.