The IV C files #1 – Intravenous Vitamin C – how it works

Just in case you’re wondering how Vitamin C (a seemingly-natural and innocuous substance) works for cancer treatment, here’s a summary from “Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer” from http://orthomolecular.org/library/ivccancerpt.shtml

— Cancer cells are anaerobic obligates.  This means they depend upon glucose as their primary source of metabolic fuel. Cancer cells employ transport mechanisms called glucose transporters to actively pull in glucose. The molecular shape of Vitamin C is remarkably similar to glucose. Cancer cells will actively transport Vitamin  C into themselves possibly because they mistake it for glucose.  Another explanation is that they are using Vitamin C as an antioxidant.  The Vitamin C accumulates in the cells.

— If large amounts of Vitamin C are presented to cancer cells, large amounts will be absorbed.  In these unusually-large concentrations, the antioxidant Vitamin C starts behaving as a pro-oxidant as it interacts with intracellular copper and iron.  This chemical interaction produces small amounts of hydrogen peroxide.

— Because cancer cells are relatively low in an intracellular anti-oxidant enzyme called catalase, the high dose Vitamin C induction of peroxide will continue to build up until it eventually lyses the
cancer cells from the inside out.

— Only markedly higher doses of Vitamin C delivered intravenously will selectively build up as peroxide in the cancer cells to the point of acting in a manner similar to chemotherapy.

— Intravenous Vitain C boosts the immune system.  It also stimulates collage formation to help the body wall off tumours.  It inhibits hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumours ues to metastasize and invade other organs.  It induces apoptosis to help program cancer cells into dying easily.  It corrects universal scurvy in cancer patients.

Further scientific studies can be found on:
http://www.riordanclinic.org/research/research-studies/

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