Everyone gets run down by stress or the common cold from time to time. We've been conditioned to turn to the coffee maker or grab the nearest cold meds - the exact opposite of what our immune system needs. Coffee can rob your system of fluids, and those low-grade fevers we suppress can help our body fight infection. The best antidote is rest and nutrition.
Numerous studies throughout the decades support the theory that high doses of vitamin C can help the body resist diseases, infections, and even cancer. While your digestive system can only handle and absorb so much vitamin C, delivering the vitamin directly into your bloodstream (intravenously) can bypass these obstacles and help your immune system heal from wounds and conditions like respiratory infections.
For decades, Dr. Truong has been boosting immunity, treating deficiency, and reviving healthy lifestyles for her patients. She'd love to make you one of them. Schedule your first vitamin C intravenous (IV) therapy session today by calling (540) 374-3164 or contact us here.
Vitamin C (also called L-ascorbic acid or ascorbate) is a water-soluble nutrient found in foods like peppers, sweet potatoes, oranges, kale and broccoli.
As an antioxidant, this vitamin protects your body against oxidative stress, which is the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants that causes tissue damage. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons, while antioxidants like vitamin C can lend electrons to free radicals and create balance.
Vitamin C plays a crucial role in your body's function and health. It creates collagen, an important connective tissue in tendons, skin, cartilage, bones, blood vessels and digestive organs. It also supports the phagocytes and t-cells that enable your immune system.1
Although oral vitamin C supplements can help many patients overcome numerous dysfunctions, there's only so much that our digestive tract can absorb. Additionally, ingesting high amounts of vitamin C in one day may cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues.
Delivering vitamin C directly into your veins bypasses these potential risks. It also allows your body to absorb higher doses of the vitamin, and create hydrogen peroxide by interacting with iron and copper; this can kill bacteria and cancer cells.
Dr. Truong will decide how much vitamin C you'll receive to reap the benefits of the therapy without harming your body.
Vitamin C IV therapy can help create the enzymes lysine and proline, which enable connective tissue functions - so it can help heal wounds and bruises.
Vitamin C's immune system support can help alleviate conditions like lupus, sepsis, and infections like acute respiratory infections and tuberculosis. By encouraging collagen production, IV vitamin C therapy can strengthen your tendons and bones, improve and protect your skin, and prevent cardiovascular disease.
High dose vitamin c benefits also include:
According to the National Cancer Institute, high-dose IV vitamin C has been shown to slow the growth of prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, malignant mesothelioma, and neuroblastoma cancer cells. Vitamin C deficiency is also more frequent in cancer patients, and IV therapy treats their fatigue, muscle pain, mood and weakness.2
Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center provided stage 3 and stage 4 ovarian cancer patients with IV vitamin C alongside the chemotherapy drugs carboplatin and paclitaxel. After five years, researchers found that the combination therapy killed some cancer cells without harming the healthy tissues. It was later determined through tests on mice that the vitamin C surrounded the cancer cells and encouraged the creation of cancer cell-killing hydrogen peroxide. Additionally, vitamin C appeared to reduce the toxic effects of the chemotherapy.
Visit our IV Therapy page to learn how high dose vitamin c for cancer may treat other cell types.
Vitamin C is virtually non-toxic, meaning that most patients can experience the benefits of vitamin C IV therapy. However, IV vitamin therapy may not be a good option for those with high blood sugar levels, or those with:
Before receiving your first session of intravenous vitamin C, Dr. Truong will ask about your medical history, current condition, and any medications you're taking. This is done to ensure that your treatment is as safe and effective as possible. If you are receiving IV vitamin C for cancer treatment, be sure to stay hydrated with oral liquids before and after your infusion.2
On the day of the treatment, you'll meet our dedicated medical team in our office. You'll be asked to either sit or lie down as your arm is sterilized with alcohol. You may feel a slight pinch as the small IV needle is inserted into your vein. While receiving the treatment, you can read, work on your laptop or tablet, talk on the phone, watch TV, or simply close your eyes and relax. The vitamin C will do all the work.
Your session may last anywhere between about 30 minutes to two hours. Vitamin C may stay in your system for more than four hours after treatment. The number of IV treatments that you'll receive will depend on the condition being treated; for cancer, you may typically receive two to three treatments per week for eight or more weeks.
You may experience pain at the site where the IV needle was inserted. High-dose vitamin C treatments may cause mild side effects like:
Other side effects of IV vitamin C may include kidney stones and an increased risk of cardiovascular problems in women after menopause.
Whether it be fatigue from a long day of work or pancreatic cancer, IV vitamin C therapy may be able to resolve your dysfunctions on the cellular level by balancing oxidative stress and creating hydrogen peroxide.
If you're interested about intravenous vitamin C, where to get it may not be far away. Meet with Dr. Truong today at Truong Rehabilitation Center for your first consultation by calling at (540) 374-3164, or contact us here.
1. A, Ströhle, and Hahn A. "Vitamin C and immune function." Medizinische Monatsschrift fur Pharmazeuten 32.2 (2009): 49-54. Web.
2. Klimant, E, et al. "Intravenous vitamin C in the supportive care of cancer patients: a review and rational approach." Current oncology (Toronto, Ont.) 25.2 (2018): 139-148. Web. 1 Nov. 2018.