Vitamin C is an important nutrient that may be low or deficient when the body is burdened with disease.
Vitamin C deficiency is reported to occur more frequently in patients with chronic disease, major depression, in hospitalized patients, post-surgical patients, radiation to the gastrointestinal tract, history of malabsorption, treatment with chemotherapy having intestinal or mucosal side effects, slow wound healing, or infection.
Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include fatigue, myalgia, loss of appetite, weakness, poor wound healing, and edema or swelling in the lower extremities (i.e. legs, thighs, feet).
Vitamin C has important roles in supporting the immune system and decreasing inflammation.
Abnormal cells respond very differently to vitamin C than when compared to the body’s normal cells when applied by intravenous injection. For example, such abnormal cells makes a rather rapid and sustained increase in hydrogen peroxide in response to vitamin C which results in a “rusting-effect” known as oxidative damage which damages or kills such cells. Normal or healthy cells do not respond this way with vitamin C intravenously.
Supportive ingredients alongside the vitamin C, to potentially address other deficiencies , may be considered to assist the body to further help harness the immune-system.
It is for some of the above reasons why vitamin C may improve quality of life and survival.
Further information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
and Current Oncology
The negative side effects of vitamin C IV are rare. However, there are concerns and potential side effects to be considered:
Basic Facts – Intravenous vs. Oral
Safety of Intravenous Vitamin C:
A 2010 study evaluating the use of vitamin C amongst practitioners revealed, after calculating over 750,000 yearly sales and estimated yearly doses of over 350,000 in 2008, and after evaluating over 9000 patients, only minor side-effects were noted that included lethargy/fatigue, change in mental status, and vein irriation. Clinically, if these effects occur they are temporary and easily corrected.