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What is IV Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)?

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Intravenous vitamin C (IVC) was a commonly prescribed therapy by Naturopathic Specialists. Nobel Laureate and Linus Pauling, they were the first to develop the benefits of Vitamin C in the 1970s. Since then, it has become one of the most utilised and researched therapies in complementary care.


Intravenous administration of vitamin C is useful for 3 main reasons:


To allow blood levels to be up 70 percent higher than the general oral supplement method.

Elevate blood levels which is crucial to obtain the beneficial effects of vitamin C in some conditions.

High doses of oral vitamin C (above 3-4g per day) can cause the gastrointestinal tract to become upset whereas IVC directly through the bloodstream avoids this uncomfortable side effect while allowing for high dosages (up to 100g vitamin c) to be administered.


Anti-oxidant & Pro-oxidant Effect

The action of vitamin C depends on its administered dose.

When administered in "low" concentration (under 20g), this vitamin mainly has an antioxidant effect.


Antioxidant effect holds the following benefits:

- Detoxifying of free radicals and other toxins.

- Stimulating the immune system, Vitamin C can enhance host resistance, significantly augmenting the immune system’s ability to neutralise bacterial and fungal infections.

- Optimise the use of collagen (facilitating scaring/healing of soft tissue).

On the contrary, when administered in higher doses above 25g the effect turns into pro-oxidants,

having selective cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.

Pro-oxidants effects can support

- Anti-angiogenic: by inhibiting the process whereby cancer cells attract new blood vessels
(angiogenesis) to obtain the nutrients they need for their growth.

- Anti-inflammatory effect and reduce swelling.

- May reduce pain levels and support wellbeing which can increase tolerability to conventional

High Dose Vitamin C for Cancer Patients

How can we help with your cancer diagnosis
A diagnosis of cancer can be a devastating experience for everyone involved, whether it is a friend, a loved one or a family member. Your initial response might be, “what should I say or what can I do”. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, sad, angry, and confused. You may be searching for some concrete ideas on how to support yourself or someone with this diagnosis.
Our tailored approach ensures our consultants offer the advice you need and discuss the best actions for your health. 

High Dose Vitamin C infusions along side chemotherapy 
Vitamin C can help patients feel better during and after chemo/radiation.
Our tailored IV infusion programs are designed to allow your body to safely complete chemotherapy while ensuring
you receive the well being support that your body requires. 

The Benefits 
High dose of vitamin c during chemotherapy benefits - immune boosting, increases energy levels, anti-inflammatory, improvement in oxygen support and efficiently removes toxins from the liver.
Vitamin C is non-toxic in high doses and protects our healthy cells.



  • Hoffer, L. J., et al. (2015). High-dose intravenous vitamin C combined with cytotoxic chemotherapy in patients with advanced cancer: A phase I-II clinical trial.

  • Hoffman, R. (2013). Intravenous vitamin C for cancer.

Our tailored approach ensures each patient is individualised with their care, support and infusion program. Speak to our integrative consultant in cancer care today. 

Call us directly on 020 4577 0438 to discuss your medical requirements.

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