By Jeanette Padilla (via Natural News)
Originally Publsihed June 4th 2015
Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant and is commonly used to fight off a cold. Recent studies have cast a much brighter light on this underrated and extremely necessary vitamin. Researchers from the University of Kansas found that high doses of intravenously supplied vitamin C effectively eradicates cancer cells in human subjects. Additionally, healthy cells are left intact.
Inexpensive possible cancer treatment may never reach patients
Conducted in vitro, lab tests were performed by injecting high doses of vitamin C into human ovarian cells. These test were also performed on mice and a group of 22 human subjects. The test, according to BBC News, showed the vitamin C competently targeted the ovarian cancer cells while averting healthy cells. This major finding could potentially save millions of lives and at only a fraction of the price of modern cancer treatments. Dr. Jeanne Drisko, co-author of the study, stated to BBC News, “Patients are looking for safe and low-cost choices in their management of cancer. Intravenous vitamin C has that potential based on our basic science research and early clinical data.”
Replicating these results in patients and widespread application would be ideal. However, this may never become a reality. “Because vitamin C has no patent potential, its development will not be supported by pharmaceutical companies. We believe that the time has arrived for research agencies to vigorously support thoughtful and meticulous clinical trial with intravenous vitamin C,” said Qi Chen, lead author of the new study.
These and similar findings have been dismissed by the modern medicine industry because of the lack of patentability. How could pharmaceutical companies justify charging patients hundreds to thousands of dollars for what is basically just nutrients from food? Additionally, how can they validate years of cutting into patients via invasive surgery and putting patients on the conveyer belt of radiation and chemotherapy typically ending with bleak results?
While we may never see widespread application of these types of findings we can take preventative measures to stay healthy. Consuming adequate amounts of vitamin C is essential for optimal health because the body does not manufacture vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for so many basic physiological functions, like the following:
- Growth and repair of tissue
- Making skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
- Repair cartilage, bones, and teeth
- Heal wounds
- Form scar tissue
- Helps the absorption of iron
- Helps thyroid hormone production
- Helps metabolize folic acid, tyrosine, and tryptophan
- Stimulate adrenal function
- Stimulates the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine (stress hormones)
- Insulin production
- Calcium metabolism
- Fights free radicals
The majority of people suffer from vitamin C deficiency and most may not even be aware. The main cause of this deficiency is poor diet. Vitamin C should ideally come from a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. However, this diet isn’t typical for most. Another main cause of vitamin C deficiency is an imbalance of copper. Higher levels of copper can cause issues maintaining a healthy level of vitamin C.
Low levels of vitamin C can increase your risk for various cancers and arthritis. Other health issues caused by low levels of vitamin C include:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Impaired hormones
- Low insulin production
- Vascular degeneration
- Impaired formation and maintenance of collagen
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