Oncologists often recommend that patients on chemotherapy avoid antioxidant supplements including vitamin C. Now basic research shows that vitamin C reduces the activity of several different chemotherapy drugs, both in cancer cell lines and in experimental mice.
Vitamin C appears to protect the cell against death during chemotherapy by restoring its mitochondria. Mitochondria power cells, converting nutrients to energy. When mitochondria are damaged they force the cell to die — the goal of chemotherapy. By revitalizing damaged mitochondria, the vitamin reduced the effectiveness of all the chemo drugs tested, by as much as 70 percent for some. Read the rest of this entry »