Here is a guest article by Jefferey Morgan from Nuique.com. Happy Christmas everyone.
Vitamin C and does it works for breast cancer treatment?
Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, affecting around 1 in 8 women in the US during their lifetime. The rate is lower for men, but it is often less easy to notice for precisely that reason. There’s a variety of treatments available for people with breast cancer, from chemotherapy to mastectomies depending on the severity. However, as well as the conventional medical solutions – which do work, and should be continued alongside, rather than be replaced by – there are alternative complementary treatments. One of these that have been getting a lot of attention recently is vitamin C.
Vitamin C is well known for having a lot of health benefits – it aids in wound healing, strengthens the immune system and is generally used to maintain a healthy body. But can it help the body heal and recover from cancer?
Ever since the 1970s, scientists have been looking into the potential of using Vitamin C as a complementary treatment to cancer. While early hopes were high as it was thought to be toxic to cancer cells, by itself it seems to be little use. However, there are studies to suggest that having a strong dietary intake of vitamin C can help reduce mortality rates.
Taking too much Vitamin C can have unpleasant side effects (the limit being around 1000mg per day) such as stomach pain and diarrhoea, so if you are going to increase your intake whilst undergoing treatment, make sure you’re careful about what amounts you take. On the plus side, if you do suddenly experience these side-effects, they’re very easy to control – just decrease the amount of Vitamin C you’re taking. Since it’s water-soluble, it won’t be stored in the body and levels will quickly decrease.
This may have sounded disappointing thus far, but here we’re getting to the interesting part. Whilst evidence shows that Vitamin C alone can’t cure cancer, ongoing research suggests that it does have a positive effect in healing and recovering from it. So while eating an extra orange a day won’t be the instant cure we all wish existed, it will help assist the treatment you’re otherwise receiving.
In particular, one study done of breast cancer patients shows that high doses of Vitamin C can give patients a higher quality of life and fewer side effects. Having fewer side effects from treatment allows the body to spend more time healing from the cancer, rather than recovering from the treatment. This study involved IV injections of Vitamin C, so this is worth mentioning to your doctors and asking whether they think it would be worthwhile for you – more information to share with them can be found here. There are risks that Vitamin C in large doses may interfere with treatment or pre-existing conditions, so if you’re intending to look into high doses you will want to do so alongside a medical professional.
Whichever of these paths you choose both can be a great step on the road to recovery. A healthy, balanced diet containing a strong amount of Vitamin C is useful at the best of times, so trying to continue it throughout treatment is highly recommended. Of course, it can be hard to eat high amounts of fruit and vegetables whilst struggling with some of the side-effects, so it may be worth starting to take supplements instead. However, we advise avoiding this if you’re interested in the second path – of IV injections, since the dose will need to be carefully controlled.
Author Bio: Jefferey Morgan is interested in writing about health and fitness related issues. He has a deep knowledge at this field. Also he writes for a site Nuique.com which offers Vegan Omega 3 and natural health products.