High Dose Vitamin C – price determined by amount of vitamin C
A G6PD and complete metabolic panel are required before any vitamin C above 50,000mg (50gms).
Vitamin C is known to be a needed micronutrient in humans. It supports the skin barrier function to keep out different pathogens. It is also used as an oxidant scavenger on the skin. This keeps the environment outside from creating too much oxidative stress. It enhances T-cell and B-cell differentiation and proliferation. Vitamin C supplementation has been found to prevent and treat not only respiratory illnesses but also systemic illnesses (Carr). Vitamin C works in many metabolic pathways including activation of B vitamins, turning cholesterol into bile acids and creating serotonin in the body from a conversion of tryptophan. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is used to clean the body from free radical damage. The immune system needs vitamin C to function. It helps lower allergic reactions while also activating the immune defense systems to fight off infections. Vitamin C plays a large role in the body and has been studied in the use of cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, heavy metal toxicity and atherosclerosis (Chambial). Vitamin C is known to also fight cancer cells. Through a process called the Fenton reaction, vitamin C combines with iron outside of cells to increase hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Cancer cells are not as robust as healthy cells and this hydrogen peroxide damages their DNA. Once the cells are damaged, they are destroyed (Vissers).
A recommendation of 10 IVs is the minimal number often recommended for most patients.
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2. Chambial, S., Dwivedi, S., Shukla, K. K., John, P. J., & Sharma, P. (2013). Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure: An Overview. Indian J Clin Biochem, 28(4), 314–328. DOI: 10.1007/s12291-013-0375-3
3. Vissers, M. C. M., & Das, A. B. Potential Mechanisms of Action for Vitamin C in Cancer: Reviewing the Evidence. Front Physiol, 9,809. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00809