Vitamin C May Target Cancer Cells
Research published in the journal Oncotarget suggests that cancer stem cells—the cells thought to be responsible for aggressive forms of cancer that do not respond to treatment, spread, and/or recur—may respond to vitamin C. If further studies confirm this research, natural vitamin C—ascorbic acid—could have an impact on cancer treatment in the future.
In a recent study, researchers examined the effects of seven substances—three natural substances, three experimental drugs, and one clinical drug—on cancer stem cells. Although two of the experimental drugs proved most effective, vitamin C also prevented the formation of cancer stems cells. In fact, vitamin C was 10 times more effective than the other experimental drug tested.
Scientists are continuing the search for non-toxic compounds to treat cancer, as many cancer therapies have harmful side effects. Vitamin C is inexpensive, natural, non-toxic, and readily available, and according to researchers, could be an important step in fighting cancer.
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