Vitamin C is chemically known as L-ascorbic acid. It is a water-soluble vitamin that humans, unlike many animals, are unable to self-produce. Since Vitamin C is essential to the human body, it must be obtained via foods or supplements. Adequate amounts of Vitamin C are required for proper wound healing, protein metabolism as well as playing a major role as an antioxidant in the human body. Newer research is demonstrating that Vitamin C helps to regenerate other antioxidants while limiting the damaging effects of free radicals. Deficiency of Vitamin C can lead to the development of scurvy, which is characterized by poor wound healing, fragility to capillaries and easy bruising as well as fatigue and depression.

Absorption of Vitamin C typically occurs orally through food or supplements, and is not stored by the body. However, oral absorption of quantities greater than 1000mg typically results in less than 50% being absorbed. The excess is flushed out of the body. For this reason, Vitamin C IV therapy is recommended. When Vitamin C is administered via intravenous infusion, greater levels are achieved in the bloodstream than when taken via food or oral supplementation. This increases the usable quantity of Vitamin C available to the body.

Vitamin C IV therapy is being utilized across the country in a cancer support role. The National Cancer Institute has it listed as a CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) support therapy and indicates current, ongoing research which is supporting its role in healing, immune function, reduction of free radical stress, as well as an overall “better quality of life.”

As an efficient antioxidant, Vitamin C aids in the synthesis of collagen, the building blocks of connective tissue making up skin, tendons and ligaments, to name a few. Having bioavailable Vitamin C accelerates the healing processes by providing these building blocks in a bioavailable fashion. As an antioxidant, it neutralizes free radicals generated by normal and atypical metabolism. Neutralization of free radicals prevents damage to immune cells, typically red and white blood cells, allowing the body to fight infections more expediently. Bioavailable Vitamin C accelerates this process by regenerating forms of other antioxidants. Research has demonstrated reduction of stress on the body as well as improved energy when utilizing high-doses of Vitamin C.

Vitamin C via IV infusion is being used in a cancer support role to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. ‘Chemo-Brain,’ fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and emotional struggles can accompany the chemotherapy that is destroying cancer cells. High-dose IV Vitamin C has been shown to improve these side effects of cancer therapy while improving overall quality of life.

High-dose Vitamin C via IV therapy is easily obtained from your local naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic physicians, rigorously trained across the country, provide treatment for all medical conditions, utilizing holistic and comprehensive treatment therapies to facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and achieve optimal health.

Contact Sac-ND today at (916) 446-2591 to set up a consultation to determine if using Vitamin C IV therapy will assist you in your health care goals.

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