Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient, without which we can’t lead a healthy life. Vitamin C belongs to the water-soluble vitamins. It can’t be manufactured by the body itself, nor stored by the body. It is quickly used up and any surplus is excreted by the body.
People are therefore required to take vitamin C daily if possible with their food. Especially people with cancer who frequently suffer from vitamin C deficiency caused by chemotherapy, loss of appetite or an increase energy consumption.
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties which protects the body against free radicals, as carcinogenic and mutagenic substances. Vitamin C has tumour cytotoxic properties and increases the cellular and humoral immune response. It is necessary for the stability of the connective tissue, improves the healing of wounds and is required for the synthesis of carnitine and thus for the energy supply of the body.
Scientists of the American National Institute of health (NIH, Bethesda, United States) have verified that vitamin C selectively kills off cancer cells, while healthy cells are not damaged. Vitamin C has to be administered in high concentrations which can only be achieved by an infusion directly into the veins, so that the cancer cells die off.
Researchers found that Ascorbic acid, also called Vitamin C, led to the formation of hydrogen peroxide, which caused the death of cancer cells. Hydrogen peroxide was only found outside the cells and not in the blood. The blood is therefore an ideal way of transport the intravenously administered Ascorbic acid to the various tissues, scientists said. Because high concentrations of vitamin C is killing only cancer cells, and as healthy cells were not damaged, the researchers concluded that Ascorbic acid could be successfully used in cancer therapy.
Between 25 and 50 grams of vitamin C is toxic to tumour cells, which is why it is used in the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover as a high-dose infusion therapy.