What Is the Association Between Vitamin C and Lung Cancer

What Is the Association between Vitamin C and Lung Cancer?

• Vitamin C increases collagen production in the lungs. Collagens form a wall-like structure to block cancerous cells from migrating into neighboring cells. In addition, cancerous cells cannot migrate through an intact layer of hyaluronic acid located in the interstitial space between lung cells. To circumvent the situation, cancerous cells release enzymes that degrade the hyaluronic layer. Vitamin C inhibits a cancerous cell's ability to degrade the hyaluronic acid layer and prevents the migration of cancerous cells in the lungs.

• High-dose IV vitamin C therapy is an effective treatment for cancer, particularly in late-stage cancer patients. 

• Vitamin C. Twenty-one research papers investigated the relationship between vitamin C and lung cancer in 8,938 lung cancer patients. The meta-analysis confirmed that sufficient dietary intake of vitamin C reduced the risk of lung cancer. Increasing daily intake of vitamin C by 100 mg was found to decrease the risk of lung cancer by 7%.