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What Vitamin C Does
Vitamin C works in our bodies at a cellular level as a powerful antioxidant and a vital co-factor for some key enzymes.
Decades of research shows that significant doses help people improve their quality of life and deal better with health conditions and challenges such as persistent viral and bacterial infections, cancer, cardiovascular disease, wounds, ulcers and pressure sores.
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Why Take Vitamin C Intravenously?
The digestive system limits how much vitamin C we can absorb from tablets and powders. If your body is under extra stress due to illness or injury, taking vitamin C by mouth is unlikely to get the right amount to the cells that need it.
Intravenous infusion, however, is a proven way to safely deliver high doses of vitamin C. It also tends to be better tolerated than oral administration for large doses (eg: over 10,000mg) which may cause gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhoea.
Administered with a standard clinical IV drip, each treatment takes one to two hours depending on dose. We monitor and adjust the dosage as your treatment programme progresses.
Vitamin C and Cancer
Vitamin C is involved in preventing cancer by:
- Antioxidant activity in scavenging free radicals and carcinogens,
- Maintaining the integrity of connective tissue, and
- Improving immunocompetence and resistance to cancer.
The US National Cancer Institute says:
“High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer since the 1970s. … Treatment with high-dose vitamin C slowed the growth and spread of prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, malignant mesothelioma, neuroblastoma, and other types of cancer cells. …
Studies of intravenous vitamin C in patients with cancer have shown improved quality of life: better physical, mental, and emotional functioning; reduced fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, and appetite loss.
Closer to home, Otago University research has found: “Cancer tumours that contain higher levels of vitamin C are less aggressive and slower to grow than ones with lower levels of the vitamin.”
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Vitamin C and Immune Support
Vitamin C has long been a means for enhancing the immune system and supporting the body during periods of infection or disease (Ormerod, et al., 1937; Manwaring, 1945).
Vitamin C may be beneficial for both bacterial infections (eg: Helicobacter pylori, E. coli, pneumonia, cellulitis) and viral infections (eg: colds, glandular fever, herpes, shingles, hepatitis).
It is important for promoting the function of immune cells and protecting them from oxidation (Wintergerst, et al., 2006). Vitamin C also has an anti-bacterial and anti-viral effect due to interaction with metal transition ions (especially copper) creating a pro-oxidant environment that kills or inactivates pathogens (Betanzos-Cabrera, et al., 2004).
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Vitamin C and Wound Healing
Vitamin C is involved in all phases of wound and injury healing.
- It enhances production of collagen, antioxidant activity and immune cell function. Collagen and vitamin C are essential for new bone formation and repair.
- Vitamin C can also accelerate the healing of ulcers and pressure sores.
- Intravenous vitamin C offers several advantages in the early intensive care of severe burns.
- Vitamin C deficiency may hinder healing.
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The information provided here is only for general reference and cannot replace personalised professional medical advice from a doctor. You are welcome to discuss any points during your consultation with our doctors.