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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