Does Vitamin C IV Therapy help fight cancer?
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins which needs no introduction. The most surprising revelation for you might be the use of Vitamin C as an IV therapy. Do you know cancer patients have severely low levels of Vitamin C in their body? This fact was first recognized by a Canadian physician William McCormick who observed scurvy-like symptoms in patients with cancer.
According to him, it is highly possible to minimize the side-effects of chemotherapy and reduce cancer to minimum-possible level by introducing you to Vitamin C IV therapy. According to a Scottish surgeon Ewan Cameron, Vitamin C has the tendency to inhibit the development of hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase is a substance which has the extraordinary ability to weaken the extracellular matrix. Once the extracellular matrix is weakened cancer begins to metastasize to regions distant from the origin. However, with the help of Vitamin C IV therapy the extracellular matrix in your body strengthens thus cancer loses its ability to metastasize.
Now the question is: Is Vitamin C better through IV or oral administration?
The answer to this question was provided by Mark Levine's group in 2000s. If Vitamin C is administered in your body through oral route your plasma concentration would reach a level of less than 200 μM. However, if the same dose of Vitamin C is administered through IV route then your plasma concentration would reach a level of 6 mM. This comparison shows IV therapy provides 25 times higher plasma concentration of Vitamin C as compared to oral administration.
Let's understand the reason behind this.
When administered orally, Vitamin C undergoes several mechanisms like intestinal absorption, tissue accumulation, renal reabsorption, excretion and the rate of absorption before its absorption in blood. However, when Vitamin C is administered intravenously all the mechanisms are eliminated.
So in a nutshell, Vitamin C IV therapy shrinks the size of tumor. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of this therapy help in eliminating the side - effects of chemotherapy which include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, lethargy and weight loss. The quality of life improves remarkably with Vitamin C IV therapy.