Vitamin C

High Dose Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which performs a variety of functions when introduced to the body. Studies show that vitamin C may protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

 

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iv-vitamin-c2Unfortunately, the human body doesn’t produce vitamin C naturally. While we can get Vitamin C from food or supplements, they may not provide the amount of vitamin C necessary to make an impact on our health.

Studies have revealed that the ideal dosage may be higher than the recommended dietary allowance.  Although vitamin C is very beneficial, it’s very difficult to ingest enough of it to have optimal impact.

Uses

Intravenous or high-dose vitamin C has become a popular technique in the treatment of cancer. Studies have shown that high-dose vitamin C treatments can prolong life time and improve quality of life in cancer patients.

Treatment

Typically patients receive 2 to 3 treatments per week. The duration of depends on the individual, and the body’s responsiveness. Doses are customized to fit each patient’s needs.

History

img_ht_3Over fifty years ago it was suggested that cancer was a disease of changes in connective tissue caused by a lack of vitamin C. In the 1970s, researchers proposed that high-dose ascorbic acid could help build a resistance to disease or infection. Today it is believed that the level of vitamin C that collects in the bloodstream is dependent upon the way it is taken.

Since the 1970s, high-dose vitamin C has been used to treat cancer patients. Scottish surgeon Ewan Cameron worked with Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling to study the possible benefits of vitamin C therapy in clinical trials of cancer patients in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Surveys of U.S. CAM conferences show that high-dose IV vitamin C is frequently given to patients as a treatment for fatigue and certain cancers.

Method: Intravenous (IV) Infusion

Fortunately, when taken by intravenous (IV) infusion, vitamin C can reach much higher levels in the blood than when it is taken by mouth. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies suggest that higher levels of vitamin C delivered via IV infusion may cause the death of cancer cells.

In fact, high-dose vitamin C has been researched as a cancer treatment since the 1970s, and frequently given to patients suffering from infections, fatigue, and cancers like breast cancer in recent years.

What to Expect

High-dose vitamin C may be given by intravenous (IV) infusion. Much higher blood levels are achieved when given intravenously. Patients will be seated, and given the IV in the medical center. The injection site is sterilized, and the IV is inserted.

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Risks & Side Effects

Clinical trials have shown there to be very few side effects associated with high-dose intravenous ascorbic acid. However, patients with certain risk factors may experience harmful reactions.

Patients with a history of kidney disorders have experienced kidney failure. Patients who have a tendency to develop kidney stones should not be treated with high-dose vitamin C.

High-dose vitamin C treatments can cause abdominal cramps or pain, chest pain, dizziness, diarrhea, faintness, fatigue, headache, and other mild symptoms.

References

Cancer.gov: National Cancer Institute.“High Dose Vitamin C”

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov: US National Library of Medicine.“High-Dose Vitamin C”

Cancer.gov: National Cancer Institute. “High-Dose Vitamin C.”