Vitamin C and NAC Slow the Spread of Cancer

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

New research shows that Vitamin C and NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) significantly inhibited the spread of lymphoma or prostate cancer cells that were implanted in mice.  Scientists had previously believed that the ability of antioxidants to protect against cancer was mainly due to protecting the DNA of cells from damage.  In this new study it was proven that these antioxidants actually worked by preventing cancer cells from replicating.

It has long been known that vitamin C and NAC fuel the production of cellular glutathione, the primary antioxidant in a cell that protects it from damage.  It has also been known that cellular glutathione powers immune cells and the ability of natural killer cells to knock out cancer.  This study shows that the immune boosting properties of these antioxidants are vital for a proper cancer defense system.  Since antioxidants are readily depleted by stress of any kind, supplementing with a combination of synergistic antioxidants containing vitamin C and NAC is plain common sense.

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