Why high dose vitamin C? 

June 10, 2024

At specific high doses, that can only be achieved via IV, vitamin C has been evidenced to act as a pro-oxidant against mutated cancerous cells and causes them to die off. 

At times when the body is taxed by disease, Vitamin C may be really low and can also be deficient. We use Intravenous Vitamin C therapy as a treatment in adjunctive cancer care to address the possible deficiency and to help patients deal with the side effects of other cancer treatments. Vitamin C is unique as it targets the cancer cells but does not directly impact other normal healthy cells in your body.

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 will start behaving as a pro-oxidant as it interacts with mutated (cancerous cells) and their intracellular copper and iron contents. 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 cell from the inside out! 

Why Intravenous Therapy?

By using IV therapy it allows the vitamin C to bypass the intestinal absorption system which means concentrations are elevated that would be unachievable by eating foods rich in vitamin C or by taking vitamin C as an oral supplement. 

Possible Benefits of Intravenous Vitamin C therapy:

  • may reduce symptoms from other cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation
  • may correct a deficiency
  • may lower inflammation
  • may help increase immunity while receiving other cancer treatments
  • may prevent recurrence 
  • may help with wound healing after surgeries

We know that there are often many questions and concerns that go with a cancer diagnosis so we offer a complimentary exploratory phone call where our Naturopathic Doctors. If you or a family member are interested in learning more about Intravenous Vitamin C therapy we can help answer some of your questions. Give us a call today to book this 416 594 9994 or book online here – Dr Nadine Khoury, ND or Dr Kate McLaird, ND.

Resources and Studies: 

Excellent video describing use of IV Vitamin C and Cancer Care

Intravenous Vitamin C in Cancer Care brochure

Intravenous vitamin C in the supportive care of cancer patients: a review and rational approach https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5927785/

The Effect of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in the Treatment of Patients with Cancer: A Systematic Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6566697/

Adjunctive Cancer Care

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