Salford University reveals Vitamin C is effective in targeting cancer stem cells

Henrietta Strickland
March 20, 2017

Cancer is now one of the top killers worldwide, and the number of cancer cases is only expected to rise. Although there are a number of therapies available, a lot of them are toxic and cause serious side effects. As per a report by Knowridge, they found out that the natural substance: Vitamin C can distort the growth process of cancer-causing stem cells by safeguarding the normal tissue growth of a living being.

Cancer is one of the most feared life hackers in recent time. As per a group of scientists from Salford, UK, Vitamin C can work more to destroy cancer stem cells than = well-known cancer disrupting pharmaceuticals like 2-DG.

The experts paid attention to the bioenergetic processes of the cancer stem cells, the factor that makes cancer cells live and multiply.

Vitamin C, which is widely touted as cancer preventive, is on display June 15, 2001 in Miami, FL.

This article has been republished from materials provided by University of Salford.

Of all the substances tested, the team found that actinonin and FK866 were the most effective. Though a natural antibiotic and one experimental drug did better than Vitamin C, the vitamin was 10 times more effective at stopping cell growth than another experimental drug, the university reported. However, its effects on CSC activity have not been previously evaluated and in this context, it behaves as an inhibitor of glycolysis, which fuels energy production in mitochondria, the "powerhouse" of the cell.

According to Science Daily, the research suggests that easily available and cheaper substance of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can attack and kill fatal tumour caused by Cancer stem cells.

"Our results indicate it is a promising agent for clinical trials, and as an add-on to more conventional therapies, to prevent tumor recurrence, further disease progression, and metastasis", Bonuccelli adds.

Vitamin C has previously been shown to be effective as a non-toxic anti-cancer agent in studies by Nobel Prize victor Linus Pauling and was recently shown to reduce mortality by 25% on breast cancer patients in Japan. However, to the authors' knowledge, this is the first study providing evidence that ascorbic acid can specifically target and neutralize CSCs.

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