High vitamin C tumours less aggressive

September 3, 2015



From the University of Otago comes this news:


Cancer tumours that contain higher levels of Vitamin C are less aggressive and slower to grow than ones with lower levels of the vitamin.


That’s according to ground-breaking research already done by Professor Margreet Vissers and her team at the University of Otago, Christchurch.


They found that vitamin C controls crucial proteins involved in tumour growth and survival, and potentially limits cancer growth through a number of mechanisms, including the formation of new blood vessels that allow the tumour to thrive.


Her work was recently featured on TVNZ’s Sunday programme.


The next step: human clinical trials


Vitamin C has been proposed to be of benefit to cancer patients, and could potentially be used effectively alongside existing therapies.


However, the anti-cancer potential of vitamin C cannot be determined without proper scientific evidence for its mechanism of action and controlled clinical studies.


Professor Vissers estimates these studies will cost $1 million.


To donate to this research go HERE.


Watch the Sunday program on Prof Vissers' work HERE.


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