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28 abril 2022 adminBlog0

IV therapy has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and as a result, a variety of micronutrient cocktails have been created with the goal to help support everything from dehydration and hangover to immune function and treating cancer.

High-dose vitamin C IV is mostly used in a therapeutic setting in cancer treatment, and even though there are notable benefits, there are some potential risks to be aware of as well. 

The Importance of Vitamin C 

Before we discuss what vitamin C IV therapy brings to the table, it’s important to give some insight into this important vitamin and explain its effect on our health and wellbeing. 

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for the optimal function of our bodies. Since it’s dissolved in water, it’s not well stored in our cells, meaning we need a constant daily supply of it to maintain the necessary levels. 

It’s involved in a myriad of processes in our bodies, from collagen production and hormone synthesis to boosting the immune system and protecting against free radicals. It also plays an important role in wound healing and the absorption of iron, which is why many iron supplements contain added vitamin C in their formula. 

Historically, vitamin C was recognized as the perfect treatment and prevention of scurvy, a disease that decimated ascorbic acid-deficient people between the 1500 and 1800s. Today, we know that scurvy can easily be treated with high-dose supplementation of vitamin C, and with it, we can see how serious being deficient in this vitamin can be. Scurvy is rare today as some level of vitamin C can be found in the majority of fruit and vegetables, but it can be developed after only 3 months of inadequate vitamin C intake.  

Vitamin C IV and Cancer

The origination of this IV treatment trails back to over 60 years ago when a Canadian doctor, William McCormick found that the majority of his cancer patients suffer from severely low vitamin C levels and scurvy-like symptoms. Through his research and observation, he developed a theory around his belief that vitamin C might help protect against cancer by increasing collagen synthesis. 

This was further expanded by a Scottish doctor, Ewan Cameron, who studied the role of vitamin C and its potential in suppressing cancer development. According to his findings, vitamin C inhibits hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid. This important acid is one of the major building blocks of our entire connective tissue, skin, and fluids in the joints and inside the eye. Hyaluronidase breaks it down and with it, weakens the extracellular matrix and allows cancer to easily metastasize. Dr. Cameron started treating his cancer patients with vitamin C and published a case report which showed impressive results. This led to a number of successful studies and clinical trials which showed an improved quality of life and an increased survival time in cancer patients treated with vitamin C. Still, these studies were done on a small scale and under not-so-rigorous settings. 

Unfortunately, better controlled, double-blind randomized clinical trials performed by the Mayo Clinic failed to show any positive effects of high dose vitamin C in cancer patients. However, in these trials, vitamin C was administered orally, while the ones done by dr. Cameron included vitamin C IVs as well. This led to further studies that proved how when Vitamin C is taken intravenously, it bypasses the digestive system and intestinal absorption, allowing for the overall levels to stay high for a longer period of time. 

These findings helped put high dose vitamin C IV therapy into consideration for cancer treatments, and even though it’s not a recommended or official cancer-fighting tool, it’s an option many doctors will mention and recommend to their patients

The Benefits of Vitamin C IV Therapy

Tapping into the actual benefits of high dose intravenous vitamin C, research has shown a notable effect on relieving chemotherapy-related side effects as well as the overall improved quality of life in cancer patients. The benefits include:

  • Relieving chemotherapy-related fatigue – high dose vitamin C may cause a significant decrease in fatigue, depression, sleep disorders, nausea, and dizziness
  • Improved quality of life and pain reduction
  • Reduced inflammation and oxidative damage due to its high antioxidant characteristic

 

The Potential Harm of Vitamin C IV Therapy

Even though the research and clinical trials that actually support high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy aren’t conclusive and completely approved, neither are cases of potential harm. Some research does point out the possibilities of oxalate nephropathy, hypernatremia, glucometer error, and other negative effects, but these studies are fairly small, haven’t been reproduced, and do not prove that IV high-dose vitamin C therapy is more harmful than placebo in double-blind randomized controlled trials.

Final Thoughts

Cancer is a serious and scary disease that affects every person in a completely different way – even if they’re diagnosed with the same type, same stage, same condition. 

There are many other factors that affect and influence someone’s healing process, from the stress surrounding it and their support system to nutrition and other holistic and spiritual tools they might implement and make part of their journey. 

And when faced with this type of diagnosis, one tries everything and uses every possible sliver of hope to hold on and try to fight this beast. So, there’s basically a non-spoken rule among cancer patients: If there’s even a tiny chance this might help, I choose to believe in it and I will try it out. 

There might not be any hard evidence proving that a high dose of vitamin C will help in cancer treatment, but there is also no hard evidence proving otherwise. So, if there’s even a chance that getting this intravenous therapy might help relieve some symptoms or improve someone’s quality of life even 1%, they will almost always take it. 

The power of plants and their nutrients cannot be ignored. They’ve proven time and time again how they can help support our overall health and longevity, and when it comes to dealing with an illness or disease, we need all the help we can get. Vitamin C is one of these incredible micronutrients that plays a huge role in our bodies, whether we take it through food or supplements or an IV – it’s still, undoubtedly, going to produce some health benefits, regardless of one’s health condition. 


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12 abril 2022 adminBlog0

Supplements can sometimes be really hard to navigate, even when you’re completely healthy. Finding the right ones for you could be tricky, especially if you’re unsure about which brand to get and what should be the best dosage. 

But, when you’re diagnosed with a serious disease like type 2 diabetes, the question of micronutrient supplementation becomes even more important. More specifically, how does vitamin C supplementation affect your health, and can it actually be beneficial? 

Type 2 Diabetes

A disease that’s becoming more and more prevalent in today’s age, type 2 diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a condition of a chronic impairment of blood sugar regulation. It occurs when there’s too much sugar in your bloodstream, making it unable for your body to properly use it as fuel and distribute it to areas where it’s going to be broken down efficiently. 

This makes your pancreas unable to produce enough insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels, making your cells slow down their sugar intake, leaving a lot of sugar to circulate in your bloodstream. This is known as insulin resistance, and if left untreated, can be very harmful to your overall health and wellbeing. 

Type 2 diabetes causes severe inflammation and leads to a plethora of potential complications, from impairing your immune system and leaving you compromised for a variety of viral and bacterial attacks to damaging your blood vessels and increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. 

Causes of Type 2 Diabetes

The most common causes of type 2 diabetes are:

  • Poor diet with excess sugar intake and ultra-processed foods
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of physical activity and movement in general
  • High blood pressure
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Having another blood glucose-related condition or autoimmune disease

Most of these factors are in your control, and even though type 2 diabetes has no cure, it can be managed to a point similar to remission if done correctly. That’s why it’s so important to get regular check-ups and blood draws so that you can start the healing process while you’re still in the pre-diabetic stage

Vitamin C

One of the most abundant micronutrients found in nature, vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that our bodies cannot produce themselves. It has to, therefore, be obtained from outside sources. The most common ways to add it into your diet is through foods that are rich in vitamin C or through supplementation. 

Foods rich in vitamin C:

  • Citrus fruits (lemon, lime, grapefruit, oranges)
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Bell peppers
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage)
  • White potatoes

Dietary supplements contain vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid, which mimics the form of vitamin C naturally found in foods. There are other forms of vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate; calcium ascorbate; other mineral ascorbates; ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids; and combination products, such as Ester-C®, which contains calcium ascorbate, dehydroascorbate, calcium threonate, xylonate, and lyxonate. These combinations are thoroughly researched in order to see if there’s a potential better or more bioavailable form of vitamin C that could be even more beneficial to our bodies. 

The role of vitamin C in your body is extremely important, as it’s involved in protein metabolism, the biosynthesis of collagen, L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters, and it’s an essential part of your connective tissue which is crucial for wound healing. It’s also a potent antioxidant, helping your body fight free radicals and oxidative damage they can create, boosting your immune function

The recommended daily intake of vitamin C was developed by the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, and for adults over 19 years of age, it’s calculated as 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women. Still, these are just baselines and depending on a variety of different factors, you might need more. 

Type 2 Diabetes and Vitamin C

Supplements aren’t regulated by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), meaning there’s no real way to know for sure how pure, potent, or efficient your supplemental vitamin actually is. That’s why it’s always best to talk to your doctor and choose only those supplements that contain the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) seal on the bottle as that means it at least adheres to their rigorous standards. This reduces the potential health risk factors of simply going to your local drugstore and getting the first bottle, not knowing what’s inside the actual pill. 

When you’re dealing with a disease such as type 2 diabetes, your body is already in a very high-inflammatory state, and adding another harmful substance into the mix can only make things worse. 

A placebo-controlled, cross-over study led by researchers from Deakin University and published in the journal, Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, found that people with type 2 diabetes who took a vitamin C supplement for 4 months had lower post-meal blood glucose levels, compared with those taking a placebo. Even though the study was done on a small number of participants, it showed remarkable results, potentially making a pretty strong case for vitamin C supplementation. 

Another study directly tested the effect of vitamin C on glucose levels and found that there were significant reductions in fasting glucose levels, triglycerides, and cholesterol in the group that was supplemented with 1000 mg of vitamin C. This high dose was crucial as the other group only received 500mg and the results were significantly different. 

In addition to that, researchers believe that doses of vitamin C in diabetics or patients with vitamin C deficiency will improve insulin sensitivity and function of endothelium, helping further showcase its powerful properties when it comes to controlling blood sugar levels. 

Before you decide to start supplementing with vitamin C, it’s always best to do a full micronutrient panel, and check your vitamin C levels. With it, you will also discover any other vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can also play a huge role in the treatment and management of your type 2 diabetes. These include vitamin D, vitamin E, B vitamins, magnesium, chromium, iron, and more. 

Final Thoughts

Having controlled blood sugar levels should be a goal for everyone, whether you’re healthy, prediabetic, or have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. But when your levels are chronic, it’s always best to arm yourself with every possible fighting tool at your disposal. 

And even though there isn’t specific proof that recommends vitamin C for diabetics, these studies are showing its potential, and when it comes to supplementation, almost everyone needs it. Today’s food simply isn’t as abundant in micronutrients as it once was and the environmental toxins and other harmful substances are depleting them out of our system at a much faster rate than ever before. In addition to leading a healthy lifestyle, smart supplementation is key. 


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