If you’ve ever needed a reason to get more vitamin C in your diet, now you have one.
A new study published in Oncotarget finds that vitamin C targets and kills cancer stem cells. These are the cells that fuel fatal tumors. And it’s believed that they are at the source of hard-to-treat cancers that don’t respond to chemotherapy.
The study measured the impact of seven different compounds on cancer stem cell activity.
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- Three experimental drugs (2-DG, actinonin and FK866)
- One approved drug known as stiripenol
- Three natural substances that included ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), silibinin and caffeic acid phenyl ester
Surprisingly, the researchers found that Vitamin C was up to 10 times more effective at stopping cancer cell growth than the experimental drug 2-DG. Yes, you read that right…
10 Times More Effective at Stopping Cancer Growth!
This year alone, it’s estimated that there will be over 1.5 million new cancer diagnoses, and more than 600,00 deaths from the disease. This makes it the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States.
Current cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, kill healthy cells right along with those that are cancerous. This badly damages the body. Plus these treatments are extremely expensive.
Thus, finding a natural substance that kills cancer stem cells without destroying those that are healthy is a major breakthrough in the fight against cancer.
A Natural, Inexpensive and Non-toxic Weapon against Cancer
Dr Michael P. Lisanti, one of the study authors says: “Vitamin C is cheap, natural, non-toxic and readily available so to have it as a potential weapon in the fight against cancer would be a significant step.”
Papaya, broccoli, pineapple, oranges, bell peppers and strawberries are all good food sources of Vitamin C. You can also get plenty of this cancer-fighting nutrient in your daily multi-vitamin or ascorbic acid supplement.
University of Salford. “Vitamin C effective in targeting cancer stem cells.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 March 2017.
Bonuccelli G, et al. NADH autofluorescence, a new metabolic biomarker for cancer stem cells: Identification of Vitamin C and CAPE as natural products targeting “stemness”. Oncotarget, 2015; [Epub ahead of print]
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