Fatigue is a very common symptom in many chronic diseases, and a core feature of conditions like glandular fever.
Cancer and the treatment of cancer with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery may cause side effects including fatigue.
Generally, this what is going on biologically: our mitochondria – tiny “rotary engines” in every cell – produce energy by burning a combination of oxygen, glucose or fatty acids. That process can be hampered when we are ill. Free radicals are also produced when oxygen is burned, which can harm the mitochondria as well as other body systems.
Vitamin C infusions
Vitamin C supports the mitochondria by reducing oxidation and by acting as a co-factor for the production of carnitine, which transports fatty acids into the mitochondria as fuel to produce energy.
The majority of glandular fever clients we have seen reported noticeable improvements in energy after intravenous vitamin C (IVC) treatment. Read more about IVC and glandular fever.
Intravenous vitamin C has also been shown to improve quality of life especially fatigue, appetite, pain, sleep and nausea for a majority of people with cancer. Our own clinical experience and research backs that up. We have seen reduced fatigue in many clients even when they have been treated with chemotherapy and or radiation. Read more about how IVC improves quality of life.
What the research says
Intravenous vitamin C treatment has been proven in a randomised clinical trial to reduce fatigue in office workers. 1
A few clinical studies have reported reductions in cancer- or chemotherapy-related fatigue in cancer patients treated with IVC. 2, 3, 4, 5
- Intravenous Vitamin C administration reduces fatigue in office workers: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Nutrition Journal.
- Changes of Terminal Cancer Patients’ Health-related Quality of Life after High Dose Vitamin C Administration. Journal of Korean Medical Science.
- Phase I clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of high-dose intravenous ascorbic acid in patients with advanced cancer. Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology.
- Intravenous vitamin C administration improves quality of life in breast cancer patients during chemo-/radiotherapy and aftercare: results of a retrospective, multicentre, epidemiological cohort study in Germany. In Vivo.
- High-dose intravenous vitamin C improves quality of life in cancer patients. Personalized Medicine Universe.