Going as far back as the 1950’s, doctor’s speculated the cause of cancer was a vitamin C deficiency. In the 1970’s the relationship between vitamin C and cancer was studied when it was discovered that high doses of vitamin C help fight cancer cell growth.
There is no debate amongst the scientific community about the veracity of this. It has been repeatedly observed high doses of vitamin C administered intravenously were effective in many patients suffering from prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, and other types of cancer. In chemotherapy treatment is has been shown to lessen the discomfort experienced by patients.
Recently the mechanism behind this has been discovered. Apparently vitamin C turns into hydrogen peroxide in the body which is damaging to all tissue and DNA. Whilst normal healthy cells tend to get rid of the hydrogen-peroxide quite quickly, tumor cells have low levels of the catalase enzyme which makes it harder for them, effectively killing them.
This does not mean start taking 20 grams of vitamin C every day. Even if you don’t get kidney stones it will be very hard on your kidneys. Besides, in studies the effect was mainly seen when administered intravenously.
However, there is no argument whether or not it does aid treatment.
Vitamin C passes human safety trial.
Although the group observed was very small in number, the effect was indisputable. 11 patients suffering from brain cancer were administered with vitamin C for a total period of 9 months, along with the standard chemo and radation therapy.
The tests were a success with patients who were in the vitamin C group surviving for up 4 to 6 months longer than the patients receiving conventional treatment. Those suffering from Glioblastoma survived for a longer 22 months compared to the average groups 16 months. Next tests will be targeting lung cancer.