All non-malignant cells in the body require vitamin C to fuel their metabolic activity. In fact, vitamin C can very much be considered the fuel on which cells run. Even inside the cells, where the antioxidant glutathione plays a prominent role in cell function, vitamin C is needed to keep the glutathione in its active, electron-donating state. Other antioxidants can help vitamin C perform its function, but when it is severely depleted, disease is always present.
The design of nature is incredibly elegant. While vitamin C improves the health of normal cells, it increases the oxidative stress inside malignant cells. This is because all cancer cells accumulate iron and hydrogen peroxide, and the vitamin C can generate highly reactive hydroxyl radicals via the Fenton reaction that can kill the cell when it is sufficiently activated. Normal cells have only relatively little iron and next to no hydrogen peroxide, and vitamin C cannot increase oxidative stress in these cells. Actually, in normal cells the only effect of vitamin C is decreased oxidative stress. As an added point, when enough vitamin C is chronically present inside cells, they cannot accumulate iron and hydrogen peroxide, and they are unable to become malignant in the first place.
Vitamin C will neutralize any toxic chemo drug if it encounters it directly in the blood, just as though it was snake venom or any other blood-borne toxin. However, when the C is given before the chemo, and additionally several hours after the chemo, it does nothing but help.
In addition to its role as the premier antioxidant circulating throughout the body, the scientific literature has clearly established vitamin C to directly promote and stimulate a number of very important functions of the immune system.
These functions include the following:
- Enhanced antibody production
(B-lymphocytes, humoral immunity)
- Enhanced interferon production
- Enhanced phagocytic (scavenger cell) function
- Enhanced T-lymphocyte function (cell-mediated immunity)
- Enhanced B-lymphocyte and T-lymphocyte proliferation6.
- Enhanced natural killer cell activity (very important anti-cancer function)
- Enhanced prostaglandin formation
- Enhanced nitric oxide production by phagocytes