Can Vitamin C Cure Cancer?
Though a handful of random studies have suggested that vitamin C may play a role in the treatment of cancer, there is no definitive evidence to support the claim.
The Vitamin C Cancer Pioneer
The notion that vitamin C may play a role in the treatment or prevention of cancer is not a novel one. More than 30 years ago, two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling popularized the idea of vitamin C as a cancer fighter. A huge vitamin C proponent, Pauling ‘touted' the antioxidant as beneficial to illnesses such as the common cold to more serious diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Though several studies have supported this claim, others have done just the opposite leaving the majority of the medical community uncertain about its effectiveness.
The Expert Takes a Position
The National Cancer Institute does acknowledge that antioxidants such as vitamin C help to protect cells from the damage of free radicals. They also acknowledge that laboratory test on animals have indicated that antioxidants protect cells from the free radicals associated with cancer. They warn that these results have not yet been established in human subjects.