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Vitamin C stops cancer in its tracks

Vitamin C stops cancer in its tracks, or at least helps, according to new research from New York University’s Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center.

According to Mayo Clinic:

Leukemia is cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system… Your white blood cells are potent infection fighters — they normally grow and divide in an orderly way, as your body needs them. But in people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells, which don’t function properly.”

The researchers found that vitamin C may stop leukemia stem cells from multiplying, which could prevent multiple types of blood cancers. Cancer stem cells are thought to be the root of many types of cancers.

Vitamin C’s anti-cancer benefits are not just limited to blood cancer — it may fight pancreatic, colon, liver and ovarian cancers as well, according to previous studies.

The scientists focused on an enzyme called Tet methylcytosine dioxygenase 2 (TET2), which is known to make stem cells mature into normal, healthy blood cells. They found that a 50 percent decrease in TET2 activity can induce cancer.

The scientists found that very high vitamin C doses slowed down the progression of leukemia in the study.

New Scientist explained:

[Dr. Benjamin] Neel, [director of the Perlmutter Cancer Center,] hopes that high doses of vitamin C will eventually be incorporated into cancer therapies. People who have acute myeloid leukemia are often of advanced age, and may die from chemotherapy. Vitamin C in combination with cancer drugs may provide an alternative approach.”

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, approximately every 3 minutes, one person in the US is diagnosed with blood cancer. An estimated combined total of 172,910 people in the US are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2017.

The study showing that vitamin C stops cancer in its tracks was published in the journal Cell.

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