All acute or chronic diseases, produce increase oxidative stress at the cellular level. Therefore, the prevention of increase non-physiological oxidative stress should be one of the objectives of any therapeutic protocol. All toxins can be considered prooxidants and produce toxicity in the body through an increase in oxidative stress.
Vitamin C has a great antioxidant action. It can also be administered at high doses because it is water soluble and its excess is easily removed by the kidney.
Intravenous vitamin C in the treatment of cancer is used to reduce side effects of chemotherapy.
Vitamin C actions
- Vitamin C is involved in the synthesis of collagen, which is an essential component of skin, bone, ligaments and tendons. Collagen is also part of the wall of blood vessels, gums, scalp and cornea, as well as connective tissue that involves muscles and organs.
- Adrenal glands contain more vitamin C than any other body tissue. It is used to synthesize adrenaline and norepinephrine and various steroid hormones. Therefore, during stress periods, vitamin C needs to be increased.
- Vitamin C is necessary to repair injuried tissues and white blood cells need it to fight infections. When vitamin C is low, white blood cells are able to retain enough vitamin C to leave the rest of the body tissues with low levels. Vitamin C is a potent immune system enhancer and intravenous vitamin C is used in cancer treatment to alleviate immunosuppression caused by chemotherapy.
- The lens of the eye also needs a large amount of vitamin C to stay fluid and transparent. In cases of cataracts, the amount of vitamin C present is low, while high doses of this vitamin help prevent and treat cataracts.
- Brain is also rich in vitamin C, but over time its concentration is reduced. Its function in the brain is to protect neurons from degenerative processes.
- Vitamin C destroys histamine, so it is very useful for allergies treatment.
- It improves sperm quality (morphology and mobility of sperm) and increases number of sperm, being useful in the treatment of male infertility.
- It reduces inflammation in all types of mucous membranes and joints
- In addition, vitamin C helps detoxify the body of metals such as mercury, lead or cadmium
Intravenous Vitamin C in cancer treatment
High-dose intravenous vitamin C is used in complementary cancer treatment to improve the immune system of patients treated with chemotherapy. It is important to remember the treatment with intravenous Vitamin C should be interrupted 48 hours before chemotherapy and can be given again after 48 hours.