High-dose vitamin C reduces inflammation in cancer patients, study shows

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iv-vitamin-c-bag(NaturalHealth365) The value and impact of a daily vitamin C supplement as well as high, concentrated doses for acute illnesses is becoming increasingly clear. Studies have already shown the efficacy of liposomal vitamin C in treating infections and as an anti-cancer therapy.  Now, another study is confirming its effectiveness against inflammation in cancer patients, one of the primary markers.

High levels of inflammation seem to indicate a higher risk of cancer as well as a less hopeful prognosis for healing and recovery. Inflammation impairs the immune system, plays a role in cachexia, lowers toleration of numerous cancer treatments, and generally decreases health and quality of life.

Warning: Chronic inflammation is one of the primary markers of cancer

The inflammatory response plays a major role in tumor development. Inflammation is a factor during numerous cancer phases including initiation, promotion, invasion and malignant conversion as well as metastasis. This connection between cancer and inflammation isn’t restricted to just one type of tumor, either. Inflammation can be a factor in the ecosystem of just about all types of neoplastic tissues.

The current amount of inflammation in the body can actually predict the chances and length of survival time for numerous types of cancer. Persons that have among the lowest inflammation levels are twice as likely to survive for at least two years with a cancer diagnosis.

This study made use of high-dose intravenous vitamin C (IVC) treatments and analyzed their effects. This was the first time this type of treatment was tested and studied specifically for its effects on inflammation in cancer patients.

High doses of vitamin C required for treating serious illnesses

The results found indicate great promise for the use of high-dose intravenous vitamin C treatments to help reduce inflammation in cancer patients, which is one of the major factors of cancer and its progression.

Over the past 35 years, the Riordan Clinic has had quite a bit of experience in administering extremely high doses of vitamin C to cancer patients. These tests for vitamin C have been conducted due to its proven value as a therapeutic and preventative measure.

Markers of inflammation such as pro-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein tumor markers showed a positive response to vitamin C treatments, with inflammation reduced significantly. This improvement correlated with reduced tumor size and the hindrance of the cancer’s ability to metastasize.

Wide range of cancers respond positively to vitamin C therapy

Vitamin C is especially valuable in extremely high doses taken either orally or intravenously. A range of cancers have been proven to benefit from vitamin C treatments, including cancers of the prostate, breast, skin, bladder, lung, pancreas, thyroid, and B-cell lymphoma.

This research was conducted by Riordan Clinic scientists and published in the Journal of Translational Medicine. When supplementing with liposomal vitamin C orally for major health issues, 10,000 to 12,000 mg per day should be taken. This dose can be taken in 2,000 to 4,000 mg doses gradually throughout the day to aid absorption.

Editor’s note: Our advise remains the same.  Whenever dealing with a life-threatening condition, like cancer – always consult a trusted, medical professional to help guide you in the recovery process.

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  • Brenda Geller

    With all the positive studies you would think this would be common knowledge. Where is the news on this? Thank goodness someone is publishing this, especially since it may be lifesaving.

  • Janet

    Since childhood I was given vitamin C supplements. My parents were ahead of the times. They didn’t believe in medications. Even over the counter aspirins weren’t used for many things. We all did fine without these interventions.

  • Amy Carroll

    I credit vitamin C for getting rid of my seasonal allergies. It is really miraculous. If people took this one vitamin we would cut down on many of the conditions we seek medical help for.

  • Lucy P

    You sold me on the value of vitamin C. It will now be in our cabinet and taken as a precaution against what is ever going around.

  • Steve

    Why the liposomal form, the graphs I have seen show no difference in attainable blood levels between liposomal and regular Tablet forms. The only positive I see is reduction of runny stool. NIH study shows taking 2-3 grams every 2-3 hours kept levels above 200mmol! This is easily tolerated, I do it every few weeks as a normal maintenance dose. Plus several grams per day when off cycle.

  • Doreen Myrfield

    What is the difference between vitamin c ascorbic acid and vitamin c complex from plant sources?

  • signalfire1

    After a breast cancer diagnosis, I actually had an MD tell me he couldn’t prescribe IV Vitamin C treatments that I requested ‘because they were too expensive’ – this after I had turned down radiation treatments costing 20K. I proceeded with first liposomal, then regular tablet C treatments to the tune of 5-10K mg a day for several months. No recurrence of the original tumor which was excised with a lumpectomy, and no signs of recurrence or mets now either, 4.5 years later. I also had to request Vitamin D levels (after no history being taken but spending my life in a cold climate, in a sedentary office job, so low D levels were a given); they were rock bottom. No response from the physician to the horrifically low D level lab results. I started myself on 50,000 IU a day (not a misprint!), available if you look on line, for six months and got them up to optimal levels. Again, no side effects that I can tell and I feel 100% better emotionally and physically; while this is considered a massive dose, it’s no different than you would get if you spent 30 minutes outside, naked, on the equator at high noon, which I’m sure was a small amount of sun exposure for our ancestors who lived outdoors during the daytime, not indoors. I also moved to a warm sunny climate which I’m sure helps. The way physicians treat people now is malpractice. It’s like they want to pick your pocket via the pharmaceutical route before they kill you prematurely. We don’t seem to have expanded much past leeches and prayers, except when emergency medicine is concerned. Every patient likes to think that their doctor has their best interests in mind; in reality, you’re just a number and a barely recognizable face in a very crowded day, and they start off ‘practicing’ medicine sleep deprived and exhausted and continue that way. You’d be better off with a medical library card and a month’s study, or a helluva lot of reading on sites like these which are cutting edge, although your doc will poo-poo them as so much snake oil.

    A note to ‘Lucy P’ down below – don’t leave C in your medicine cabinet; leave it where you will take it several times a day in divided doses. It’s not going to do you any good to take once in a great while. Our food supply has been devastated of all sorts of nutrients and most people don’t like the most nutritional foods, in any event. I know I didn’t exactly live on broccoli before I was diagnosed… :-/

    • Truth59

      Andrew Saul still recommends ascorbic acid. He was taught by Frederick Klenner.

  • Adriane Peterson

    I believe this is the published article they used.

    J Transl Med. 2013 Aug 15;11:191. doi: 10.1186/1479-5876-11-191.
    Clinical experience with intravenous administration of ascorbic acid: achievable levels in blood for different states of inflammation and disease in cancer patients.
    Mikirova N, Casciari J, Riordan N, Hunninghake R.

  • Adriane Peterson

    I posted another article, but don’t see it, maybe still being approved. Anyway, this may be another article used

    J Transl Med. 2012 Sep 11;10:189. doi: 10.1186/1479-5876-10-189.
    Effect of high-dose intravenous vitamin C on inflammation in cancer patients.
    Mikirova N1, Casciari J, Rogers A, Taylor P.

  • Truth59

    Fire your doctor and find another like the Orthomolecular specialists say!

  • Truth59

    That should help but it’s probably not enough. Frederick Klenner suggested 200 grams would be the amount.

  • Truth59

    Andrew Saul still recommends ascorbic acid. He was mentored by Frederick Klenner.

  • Frances

    I suggest you read the work/s of Dr Steve Hickey and Dr Hilary Roberts re Ascorbate : the science of vitamin C.

  • diane

    Mike, how much as Liposomal and Ascorbic Acid would be optimal?