A potential treatment for Cancer - Vitamin C
Vitamin C may play a major role in finding cancer treatment. Can you believe it? An apple a day keeps the doctor away - but who knew the apple had the secret key to cure cancer?
I might be exaggerating it a little. We are not quite there, yet. One little piece of apple or an orange might not save you but a whole lot of orange or just a concentrated shot of Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, just might. It is still being tested, but here is what this research study found so far. They tested it on mice that were injected with cancer cells and grew tumors. Those that were given a concentrated shot of ascorbic acid grew the tumors at about half the rate than regular tumors.
When people were given high doses of concentrated forms of ascorbic acid they did have some side effects. So, the study is not complete yet but it does seem like a very good potential treatment for cancer.
The idea that high doses of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, might help cancer patients first surfaced in the late 1970s. It sparked a heated debate within the research community until studies in 1979 and 1985 by scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, seemed to demonstrate no benefit. But Mark Levine, a physician and cell biologist at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, decided to reinvestigate once he realized that patients in the Mayo study had ingested the vitamin. The intestine absorbs only a limited amount of ascorbic acid, so those patients did not get a full dose, he says.
"The results show that high doses of injected vitamin C could be another weapon against cancer, the researchers conclude in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Levine speculates that a massive dose of ascorbic acid triggers a chemical reaction that produces high levels of hydrogen peroxide. Normal cells have enzymes and other mechanisms that prevent hydrogen peroxide from damaging them. But some cancer cells seem to lack those controls and die when concentrations of hydrogen peroxide are too high.
"Levine says potential to help treat cancer with minimal side effects makes vitamin C worth pursuing, in spite of the historical controversy surrounding the treatment."