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Vitamin C Plays Vital Role in Fight Against cancer

Vitamin C Plays Vital Role in Fight Against cancer

Tuesday, August 31st 2010

New research from the University of Otago, Christchurch shows that vitamin C can help curb the growth of cancer cells.

The study, led by Associate Professor Margreet Vissers of the University’s Free Radical Research Group, is the first real evidence of a connection between vitamin C and tumour growth.

Associate Professor Vissers says “Our results offer a promising and simple intervention to help in our fight against cancer, at the level of both prevention and cure”.

The article is in the latest edition of the prestigious Cancer Research Journal.

The role of vitamin C in cancer treatment has been the subject of debate for years, with many anecdotal accounts of the beneficial role of vitamin C in both the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Previous research by Associate Professor Vissers has demonstrated the vitamin’s importance in maintaining cell health and hinted at its potential for limiting diseases such as cancer.

Her latest study looked at whether vitamin C levels were lowered in patients with endometrial tumours.

It investigated whether the cancer cells had low vitamin C levels and whether this correlated with tumour aggressiveness and resistance to chemotherapy. Associate Professor Vissers and her colleagues found tumours were less able to accumulate vitamin C compared with normal healthy tissue, and that this related to the ability of the tumour to survive and grow.

Tumours with low vitamin C levels had more of a protein called HIF-1 which allows them to thrive in conditions of stress.

The findings are significant as they show, for the first time, a direct relationship between HIF-1 and vitamin C levels in tumours and suggest it would be beneficial for people with cancer cells to have more vitamin C. This could help limit the rate of tumour growth, increase the responsiveness to chemotherapy and may prevent the formation of solid tumours.

The study was funded by the University of Otago and the Tertiary Education Commission.

All information above can be attributed to Associate Professor Vissers.

Sourced from University of Otago.  Written on 19th July 2010.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

IV Vitamin C is available here in Auckland and throughout New Zealand, however this information has caused such a demand for this (IVC), that many clinics have closed their books.

IV administration of Vitamin C is by far the best way to recieve a large dose of this vital nutrient, however if this is not an option for you, maybe using a powdered form would suit you. 

The following products are all useful Vitamin C supplements:

Ester C 1000mg plus Bioflavonoids
Extra C Powder
Family C - 300 grams
Extra C Powder
Vitamin C 500mg
Vit C Micro Partical
Vitamin C with Hesperidin Complex
Mega Zinc Powder Raspberry

Related health information can be found here:

Adrenal Support
Cold & Flu
Cold Sores
Infections Internal
Skin Health
Vitamin C is essential for fighting infections, wound healing and coping with stress

Related articles can be found here:

Calcium Ascorbate
Doctors recommend a multi-vitamin a day
Naturally Healthy Teeth and Gums
New Zealanders Need Zinc
System Well: Immunity boost
Tasty Chewable Ester-C

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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