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Vitamin C puts the brakes on cancer cell growth

Posted By admin On August 11, 2010 @ 3:39 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

S. L. Baker
Natural News [1]
Aug 11, 2010

A half century ago, Linus Pauling began his pioneering research into how vitamin C impacts health (http://www.naturalnews.com/025802.html [2]). Now, almost 25 years after Pauling’s death, a new study backs up his contention that vitamin C has remarkable healing and protective benefits. In fact, now scientists have discovered how vitamin C may put the brakes on the growth of cancer cells.

Margreet Vissers, associate professor at the University of Otago’s Free Radical Research Group in New Zealand [3], headed the study which was just published in the journal Cancer Research. “Our results [4] offer a promising and simple intervention to help in our fight against cancer [5], at the level of both prevention and cure,” Dr.Vissers said in a statement to the press.

She pointed out that the role of vitamin C [6] in cancer treatment has been debated for years, with many anecdotal accounts claiming vitamin C can help in both the prevention and treatment [7] of cancer. In earlier studies conducted by Dr. Vissers, she demonstrated the vitamin’s importance in keeping cells healthy. And these findings suggested that vitamin C might be able to limit diseases such as cancer that involve cells that go haywire. In the case of a malignancy, for example, cells have unregulated growth.

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So Dr. Vissers and her New Zealand research [10] team decided to investigate whether vitamin C levels were lower in patients [11] with endometrial tumors [12]. They also looked to see whether these low vitamin C levels correlated with the aggressiveness of a malignancy and the resistance of a tumor to medical therapy [13].

The results? Tumors were less able to accumulate vitamin C when compared with normal healthy tissue and a lack of vitamin C allowed tumors to survive and grow more easily. Tumors with low vitamin C levels were found to contain more of a protein dubbed HIF-1 which helps cancer thrive and spread, even under conditions of stress.

The findings are important because they provide evidence for the first time of a relationship between HIF-1 and levels of vitamin C levels in cancerous tumors. And it appears treating cancer patients with adequate amounts of vitamin C might well reduce HIF-1, help limit the rate of tumor growth and increase the responsiveness to tumors to therapy. Vitamin C might even prevent the formation of solid tumors in the first place, according to Dr. Vissers media statement.

For more information:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/… [14]
http://www.naturalnews.com/024357_v… [15]

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[1] Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/029434_vitamin_C_cancer.html

[2] http://www.naturalnews.com/025802.html: http://www.naturalnews.com/025802.html

[3] New Zealand: http://www.naturalnews.com/New_Zealand.html

[4] results: http://www.naturalnews.com/results.html

[5] cancer: http://www.naturalnews.com/cancer.html

[6] vitamin C: http://www.naturalnews.com/vitamin_C.html

[7] treatment: http://www.naturalnews.com/treatment.html

[8] Having A Supply Of Healthy Foods That Last Just Makes Sense: http://www.efoodsdirect.com//index.html?aid=14&adid=43

[9] Image: http://purewaterfreedom.com/

[10] research: http://www.naturalnews.com/research.html

[11] patients: http://www.naturalnews.com/patients.html

[12] tumors: http://www.naturalnews.com/tumors.html

[13] therapy: http://www.naturalnews.com/therapy.html

[14] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/…: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20570889

[15] http://www.naturalnews.com/024357_v…: http://www.naturalnews.com/024357_vitamin_C_health_disease.html

[16] Chemotherapy backfires – causes healthy cells to feed growth of cancer tumors: http://www.prisonplanet.com/chemotherapy-backfires-causes-healthy-cells-to-feed-growth-of-cancer-tumors.html

[17] Vitamin D and Cancer – Vitamin D Outperforms Pharmaceuticals at Treating Cancer: http://www.prisonplanet.com/vitamin-d-and-cancer-%e2%80%93-vitamin-d-outperforms-pharmaceuticals-at-treating-cancer.html

[18] Study: Chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth: http://www.prisonplanet.com/study-chemotherapy-can-backfire-and-boost-cancer-growth.html

[19] Exposed: Deadly Cancer Drugs Make Cancer Worse and Kill Patients More Quickly: http://www.prisonplanet.com/exposed-deadly-cancer-drugs-make-cancer-worse-and-kill-patients-more-quickly.html

[20] New cancer ‘wonder’ drugs trigger cancer spread to bones: http://www.prisonplanet.com/new-cancer-wonder-drugs-trigger-cancer-spread-to-bones.html

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