Thursday, September 13, 2007

Cancer: Vitamin C and N-Acetyl Cysteine

A new Johns Hopkins study suggested that vitamin C and NAC significantly inhibited the spread of lymphoma or prostate cancer cells that were implanted in mice.

This new research suggests that antioxidants ability to protect DNA from damage is just part of the cancer picture - the antioxidants vitamin C and NAC also prevented cancer cells from replicating in this study.

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.

4 comments:

Barbara Jenkins, RN said...

Should I be supplementing with glutathione since colon cancer runs in my family?

Ellen Troyer, MT MA said...

We are not yet convinced of the science around supplemental glutathione. We include efficacious amounts of both vitamin C and N-acetyl cysteine in our multiples to ensure the body's natural production of cellular glutathione.

James Waugh, MD said...

Ellen,

You are probably right about supplemental glutathione. However a lot of companies are including it in their multiples.

Ellen Troyer, MT MA said...

There is a big difference between science and marketing hype.

We carefully monitor supplemental glutathione science and we will certainly include it in our multiples when and if the science supports such a decision.

Again, it is our belief that the body naturally produces optimal amounts of glutathione when supplemented with efficacious amounts of N-Acetyl Cysteine.