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It’s no secret that mainstream oncology is in desperate need of new treatment strategies. Cancer is now the second leading cause of death in the United States. In this year’s “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer,” analysts warned that while overall cancer mortality rates have decreased, our progress is “very limited.”[1]

Meanwhile, the incidence of cancer continues to increase every year, at a rate that some experts believe eclipses the decline in mortality rates.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy still dominate the landscape of cancer treatment, and despite the trust that mainstream doctors place in them, they’re far from perfect. In numerous past articles, we’ve outlined their dangers and limitations.

A wealth of research now demonstrates that many functional foods and natural remedies perform on par with chemotherapy without any of its side effects (they also ameliorate negative effects when used in conjunction with conventional treatments). Prominent examples include turmeric and ginger, but you can also check out the full list of top cancer-fighting foods here.

The road of reforming oncology will be a long and bureaucratic one, but new possibilities are beginning to gain traction. One natural cancer fighter that’s increasingly proving its worth is vitamin C.

If you’ve read any of our past vitamin C articles, you already know that we’re big believers in its healing capacities. We’ve said it before, and it’s worth saying again: vitamin C is one of the underrated and underutilized nutrients in existence.

Luckily, researchers are finally putting it to work against one of America’s biggest killers.

Vitamin C fights cancer from every angle

Conventional cancer treatments function according to a simple principle: remove or kill cancer cells at all cost. And sadly, the cost is usually exorbitant—tumor removal surgeries are invasive and risky, and both chemotherapy and radiation therapy kill much more than just cancer cells.

Natural cancer fighters like vitamin C are different. Throughout every stage of its metabolism in the body, vitamin C helps battle cancer in unique ways. Instead of working via the “shotgun” approach of killing cancer cells, ascorbic acid targets them directly, without harming your body’s normal, healthy cells. It also works with your body to boost natural immunity and cancer-fighting capacity.

Let’s look at a more detailed exploration of why vitamin C is such a perfect ally for those battling cancer.

Inflammation reduction. Chronic inflammation underlies a large number of chronic and degenerative diseases, and cancer is no exception. In fact, one study even refers to inflammation as “a key event in cancer development.” The researchers report that oncologists can predict the survival chances and timelines for cancer patients solely based on inflammation biomarkers, and that patients with the lowest levels of inflammation are expected to live up to two years longer, even in the absence of conventional treatment.[2]

High-dose vitamin C improves two of the most prominent inflammation biomarkers, pro-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein tumor markers.[3] Lower levels of inflammation also allow your immune system to focus its energy on fighting cancer (rather than maintaining inflammatory response).

Cancer cell gene mutation. Vitamin C also directly targets cancer cells with remarkable accuracy. When researchers looked more deeply into how ascorbic acid is able to kill cancer cells, they found that it’s able to exploit a genetic mutation shared by many cancer cells.

Due to this mutation, the uptake of vitamin C and its metabolites deactivates an enzyme necessary for processing glucose, thus effectively starving the cancer cell.[4] This incredible specificity allows ascorbic acid to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

Reactive oxygen species. In an attempt to explain how vitamin C exhibits such impressive selectivity (i.e. the ability to target a certain type of cell while leaving others untouched), researchers also discovered that even the metabolites of vitamin C are toxic to cancer cells. Vitamin C easily breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, a reactive oxygen species against which normal cells can easily protect themselves—cancer cells, on the other hand, will absorb the hydrogen peroxide and be weakened or killed by oxidative stress.[5]

How to experience the benefits of high-dose vitamin C

During most of the studies cited above, vitamin C was administered intravenously. While an increasing number of doctors and clinicians are offering IV vitamin C therapy to the general public, the process can be expensive, time-consuming, and invasive. It has been the choice of mainstream doctors and researchers, despite these drawbacks, due to its superior bioavailability compared to oral supplementation.

Fortunately, a category of drug delivery methods known as liposomes is finally making it possible to achieve high blood levels of vitamin C without resorting to injections.

Research demonstrates that liposomal vitamin C approaches the bioavailability of intravenous administration,[6] and evidence suggests that a combination of micelle and liposome encapsulation may even surpass the efficacy of IV vitamin C.

New Purathrive Micelle Liposomal Vitamin C encapsulates natural vitamin C in a phospholipid sphere – a tiny bubble made from lecithin – called a ‘liposome.’

Because regular vitamin c pills, liquids and foods have an upper limit of bioavailability due to absorption speed and the amount that could be handled by your digestive system without causing irritation and diarrhea… Purathrive Liposomal C is buffered so you can absorb more through the gut.

If you want feel the benefits of vitamin C, we suggest trying out PuraTHRIVE’s new micelle liposomal formula. It’s even made with l-ascorbic acid, a fermented form of ascorbic acid that more closely resembles natural, plant-derived sources.

 


References

[1] https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878035

[2] http://mcr.aacrjournals.org/content/4/4/221

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480897/

[4] http://science.sciencemag.org/content/350/6266/1391

[5] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170109134014.htm

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4915787/

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As we’ve written about before, vitamin C is a highly underestimated medicine.

While it’s common knowledge that this essential nutrient will boost the immune system and prevent scurvy, a growing body of research is showing it’s still not given nearly enough credit.

Scientists have discovered that most mammals—with the exception of monkeys, guinea pigs, and humans—naturally produce vitamin C (ascorbic acid) within their bodies.[1] This endogenous vitamin C functions as a sort of supercharged extension of the immune system, warding off nearly any illness that comes the animal’s way. This might very well be the reason why so few animals in the wild fall ill.

Most mammals naturally produce vitamin C.  But unlike mammals humans lack the ability to make Vitamin C

Humans used to have this same ability, but due to what researchers call an “inborn error of carbohydrate metabolism,” our livers now contain an enzyme protein called L-gulonolactone (GLO) that blocks ascorbic acid synthesis.[2]

Some experts believe that this mechanism simply became unnecessary because of a diet rich in vitamin C. If this is the case, though, why don’t our diets and vitamin C capsules endow us with super-healing abilities?

It seems that it’s a matter of dosage.

The current RDA for vitamin C is 90 milligrams—a paltry amount compared to the 13,000 milligrams that goats and other mammals endogenously produce daily (and they produce much greater amounts when placed under stress).[3] 90 milligrams will prevent scurvy, but that’s it.

The real magic of Vitamin C begins at higher daily doses.

In the 1940’s, a doctor named Fredrick Klenner demonstrated that high doses of vitamin C (up to 300,000 milligrams a day) successfully combat a vast array of serious and even supposedly incurable conditions.

His list is a shocking one: pneumonia, encephalitis, Herpes zoster (shingles), Herpes simplex, mononucleosis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, bladder infections, alcoholism, arthritis, cancer, leukemia, atherosclerosis, ruptured intervertebral discs, high cholesterol, corneal ulcers, diabetes, glaucoma, schizoprenia, burns, infections, heat stroke, radiation burns, heavy metal poisoning, venomous bites, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, and more.

Needless to say, Dr. Klenner’s work was dismissed as quackery, and the medical mainstream is only beginning to reconsider the miraculous healing potential of vitamin C. One area in which it shows great promise is cancer treatment.

Wide-spectrum cancer support

High-dose vitamin C therapy is a not a new method. Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize-winning doctor and scientist, used vitamin C to treat cancer successfully as early as the 1930’s—but he too was written off the medical community.

New research is beginning to clear his legacy, however. Within the past five years, vetted studies have conclusively demonstrated that, in sufficient doses, vitamin C can be immensely helpful in the treatment of cancers of the ovaries,[4] pancreas,[5] prostate, bladder, skin, breast, lung, and thyroid, as well as B-cell lymphoma.[6]

While the mechanisms by which vitamin C aids cancer treatment are myriad, these studies primarily focused on two: the suppression of inflammation and the destruction of cancer cells with a specific genetic mutation.

As you’ve most likely heard before, most experts agree that inflammation is at heart of nearly every major illness—and cancer is no exception. In fact, chronic inflammation is one of the primary markers for cancer; higher levels of inflammation always signal both a higher risk of developing cancer and a lower chance of recovering from the condition.

Oncologists can literally predict survival chances and times based on inflammation biomarkers—

Oncologists can literally predict survival chances and times based on inflammation biomarkers—patients with the lowest inflammation levels are twice as likely to live for at least two years after cancer diagnosis.[7]

This is because inflammation hampers the body on every level; it stifles the immune system (and thus the body’s ability to fight cancer), increases the prevalence of oxidative stress (a key risk factor for the development and spread of cancer), and even aids the initiation and metastasis of tumors.

High-dose vitamin C therapy ameliorates this issue by significantly lowering levels of both pro-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein tumor markers, while boosting the immune system and lessening the negative side effects of chemotherapy in the process.[8]

And vitamin C can also directly kill cancer cells, particularly those with a specific mutation in KRAS and BRAF genes. Cells with this mutation have an increased tendency to transport the oxidized form of vitamin C, dehydroascorbic acid (DHA), across cell membranes.

One studied demonstrated that this abundance of DHA deactivates the enzyme needed to process glucose, effectively killing the cancer cell by cutting off its food supply.[9]

Not all forms of vitamin C are created equal

In order to achieve these kinds of benefits from vitamin C, though, we must supplement with the right form. Those run-of-the-mill, citrus-flavored pills that fill store shelves won’t cut it.

The studies cited above all implemented either intravenous or liposomal vitamin C. Liposomal supplements used to be few and far between, but now that there’s a number of companies making excellent liposomal vitamin C, getting expensive and unpleasant injections is no longer necessary (unless your doctor recommends it as part of a treatment protocol).

Highest Available Absorption of Vitamin C

PuraTHRIVE’s Liposomalized Vitamin C is absorbed much more efficiently than traditional delivery methods, a huge advance in both efficiency & effectiveness of supplemental nutrients!

Vitamin C just might be one of the most valuable and underestimated natural treatments for serious illness, and you can easily start your own regimen at home. Always consult your doctor before altering any current treatment program, though. 


 References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1106297

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/491997

[3] Ibid.

[4] http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/6/222/222ra18

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23381814

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480897/

[7] http://mcr.aacrjournals.org/content/4/4/221

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480897/

[9] http://science.sciencemag.org/content/350/6266/1391

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