As a breast cancer survivor, I am aware of what I put in my body and my best to get what my body needs as naturally as I can. Vitamin C rich foods are import for many reasons.
We all know that Vitamin C is important to have in our diet. Most of us think of oranges or grapefruit when we think of natural ways to get our daily intake of Vitamin C. I know I placed a glass of orange juice on the table every morning for my daughter’s breakfast.
What are the benefits of Vitamin C?
- Is an antioxidant that protects against free radical damage and aging caused by toxins and pollutants in your environment.
- Helps in the development of collagen, an important structural component of bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and skin.
- Helps manufacture norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood
- Has many important functions in the metabolism of nutrients and may even help with weight loss[i].
- Assists adrenal and thyroid functioning
- May reduce the toxicity of heavy metals like lead, mercury, and arsenic.
What are the top 10 Vitamin C rich foods?
- Lemons (as well as oranges)
- Chili peppers
- Red bell peppers
- Black current
- Guava (contains more C than an orange)
- Brussels Sprouts
- Dark Leafy Greens
I am always interested in learning as much as I can about ways to fight and treat cancer. The article below was originally shared on the Delicious Living site. I hope you enjoy it.
Vitamin C hasn’t been proven to kill cancer cells because in previous studies, basically, the researchers were doing it wrong.
In most studies, subjects took the vitamin orally. But our guts break down the concentration of the vitamin as it passes through our system. University of Iowa researchers have shown that giving vitamin C intravenously creates blood levels that are 100-500 times higher than levels seen with oral ingestion. As this high level, vitamin C can start attacking cancer, according to a UI release about the research, which appeared in the journal Redox Biology.
In previous work, Garry Buettner, a professor of radiation oncology and a member of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa discovered that extremely high levels of vitamin C selectively kills cancer cells, but not normal cells, in the test tube and in mice. In the new study, Buettner and his team have figured out how the vitamin does it.
Vitamin C, or ascorbate, breaks down easily and generates hydrogen peroxide. Tumor cells are much less capable of removing the hydrogen peroxide, which damages tissue and DNA, than normal cells. “Thus, cancer cells are much more prone to damage and death from a high amount of hydrogen peroxide,” Buettner says in the release. “This explains how the very, very high levels of vitamin C used in our clinical trials do not affect normal tissue, but can be damaging to tumor tissue.”
Physicians at UI hospitals and clinics are now testing the approach in clinical trials for pancreatic cancer and lung cancer, combining high-dose, intravenous vitamin C with standard chemotherapy or radiation. Earlier phase 1 trials indicated this treatment is safe and well-tolerated and hinted that the therapy improves patient outcomes. The current, larger trials aim to determine if the treatment improves survival.
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