Superfund Researcher Discovers Promising Method to Assist Vitamin C in Killing Cancer Cells

Dr. Garry Buettner, Co-Leader of Project 1 of the Iowa Superfund Research Program, published a report in the December 2016 edition of Redox Biology that demonstrated that high doses of Vitamin C given intravenously are much more effective in killing cancer cells than oral medications of Vitamin C.

Researchers have shown that Vitamin C breaks down easily- creating hydrogen peroxide. Cancer cells have a decreased ability to process hydrogen peroxide. Giving Vitamin C intravenously creates blood levels 100 to 500 times higher of Vitamin C.

Current Superfund Research trainee Visarut Buranasudja and former trainee Claire Doskey assisted with the research.