Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) is the safe and effective administration of high doses of vitamin C directly into the bloodstream. Compared to other routes of administration (oral intake), IV infusion by-passes the limitations of the digestive tract, allowing for faster and higher dosing.
The concept of high dose IV vitamin C as an anti-cancer agent originated from the research by nobel prize winners Dr. Linus Pauling and Dr. Ewan Cameron in the 1970s. The high concentrations of vitamin C are only achievable through IV infusion due to bowel tolerance. At a high concentration, vitamin C acts as a pro-oxidant and exerts it's anti-cancer effects on cancer cells, while maintaining it's antioxidant effects on healthy cells, thus helping to maintain and optimize healthy cellular physiology.
The mechanisms by which IVC works include:
1. Selective Cytotoxicity
The breakdown of vitamin C in healthy cells requires an enzyme known as Catalase. Cancer cells lack this enzyme, and as a result, vitamin C is metabolized to hydrogen peroxide which accumulates in the cell. As levels of peroxide rise, cancer cells eventually experience apoptosis (cancer cell death).
2. Inhibition of Tumor Growth and Metastasis
Vitamin C inhibits the activity of various enzymes that are required for cancer cells to invade and metastasize to other tissue. It also plays an important role in collagen production, which stabilizes the tumor and prevents spread.
There are a number of studies that have demonstrated an improved response to chemotherapy when combined with IVC.
Additionally, IVC reduces side effects of conventional treatment, reduces pain, improves energy and appetite, and helps improve overall quality of life.
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