Monday, December 15, 2008

Anti-cancer properties of vitamin E and C‏

Vitamin C has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in both animal and human studies. There are other studies which show that vitamin C at lower doses can actually stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Linus Pauling has shown that the use of 10 gms of sodium ascorbate can prolong and improve the quality of life in cancer patients. Other researchers have disputed these studies; however, they used straight ascorbic acid. There has been no significant toxicity related to these higher doses of vitamin C except for occasional GI upset. Medical studies are now showing us that calcium ascorbates are actually safer and more effective in patients with cancer. This allows me to recommend higher quality vitamin C at a lower dose in my cancer patients. However, there is still a concern of using vitamin C alone in cancer patients. This is why I always use vitamin C along with a complete and balanced nutritional supplement.
There have been several studies that have shown that vitamin E used in supplementation will inhibit the growth and increase the cell death of various cancers. Research studies are showing that d alpha-tochopherol succinate (natural vitamin E) is the most potent form of vitamin E in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and causing increased cell death of these cancer cells. The higher antioxidant and biological effect of this natural form of vitamin E has also
been demonstrated in several different studies.

Source: Dr. Strand Health Nuggets (