Vitamin C is one of your body’s most important antioxidants, but it’s also essential for many aspects of your health. The high doses obtained with intravenous vitamin C support cancer patients by strengthening their bodies and alleviating the side effects of cancer treatment. The team at Genesis Natural Medicine Center in Tucson, Arizona, offers intravenous vitamin C to patients who need therapeutic doses. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking system.
If you need a high dose of vitamin C, the only way to get it is with an intravenous infusion. When you take an oral supplement, it goes through your digestive tract, where the amount that’s absorbed at one time is limited.
About 70-90% of the vitamin C you take orally is absorbed, but only when you limit your intake to under 180mg daily. At a larger dose, your body absorbs less than half the amount you consume, excreting more in your urine than the amount that gets to the cells desperately in need of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that protects DNA, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates from damage due to toxins, pollutants, and free radicals. It also serves double-duty as an antioxidant, as it can regenerate another antioxidant, vitamin E.
Your body depends on vitamin C to produce collagen, the structural foundation of all the tissues in your body, including your bones. Along with its many roles, vitamin C maintains healthy blood vessels, it can help reduce the duration of colds, and in high doses, it may help cancer patients.
Many patients with cancer have a vitamin C deficiency. The vitamin is quickly depleted due to the exceptional stress of cancer treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy, and your body’s efforts to fight the disease.
After a deficiency develops, cancer patients have a higher risk of increased inflammation and unfortunately, shorter survival time. High-dose intravenous vitamin C quickly and effectively restores your levels back to normal.
Studies show that vitamin C may increase the effect of certain chemotherapy medications and radiation therapy. At the same time, vitamin C alleviates the adverse side effects of these treatments.
Overall, high-dose vitamin C may improve your quality of life by improving common cancer-related symptoms, such as:
As far as today’s current research shows, vitamin C can’t treat cancer. However, high-dose intravenous vitamin C shows promise for destroying some types of cancer cells by generating hydrogen peroxide.
To learn if you might benefit from intravenous vitamin C, call Genesis Natural Medicine Center or schedule an appointment online.