Introduction to Intravenous Vitamin C

Practitioner Guidance

What Vitamin C Does

Vitamin C is used every day by our bodies:

  • It is well-known as an immune booster.
  • As a strong anti-oxidant, vitamin C can counter the effects of free radicals and oxidative stress.
  • It has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Production of collagen that makes up our skin, bones, and other tissues relies on vitamin C, so it is crucial for healing and staying well.
  • Vitamin C is a vital part of other key biochemical processes that affect our health and quality of life.

Getting More, Intravenously

When we are ill, injured or infected, our bodies need to replace the extra vitamin C that gets used up. Unlike most animals, we cannot make it internally ourselves.

A good diet is helpful. Some people also take supplements. However, the human digestive system limits how much vitamin C we can absorb orally. Putting higher doses directly into the bloodstream does reach the body’s cells in greater amounts.

Supporting People's Health

Research shows that significant doses of vitamin C may help people deal better with health conditions and challenges – such as persistent viral and bacterial infections, cancers, wounds, ulcers and pressure sores.

  • Infections – Vitamin C may help with bacterial infections (eg: sepsis, pneumonia, cellulitis) and viral infections (eg: colds, glandular fever, herpes, shingles).
  • Immune Support – Vitamin C promotes the function of immune cells and protects them from oxidation.
  • Tissue Damage – Vitamin C is involved in all phases of wound and injury healing. It enhances production of collagen, antioxidant activity and immune cell function.
  • Cancers – There are several ways vitamin C is thought to support people who are managing a cancer diagnosis. It measurably improves quality of life, particularly as an adjunct treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

References

Systematic review of intravenous ascorbate in cancer clinical trials. Antioxidants.

Intravenous vitamin C for cancer therapy – identifying the current gaps in our knowledge. Frontiers in Physiology.

Vitamin C and infections. Nutrients.

The information provided here is only for general reference and cannot replace personalised professional medical advice from a doctor.

Introductory Material

The following articles cover our main products and a sample of conditions. For more detailed materials, please refer to our Knowledge Base.

Vitamin C

EDTA Chelation