Vitamin C is an essential component to general health; this water-soluble vitamin cannot be made in the body, meaning it is important to obtain proper levels of Vitamin C from foods, supplements, etc.
Many studies have shown a link between Vitamin C rich foods and decreased risk of cancer. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which is a compound that blocks the action of activated molecules (known as free radicals) that can damage cells. It is thought by some to build up the immune system by stimulating the activities of natural killer cells (a type of white blood cells) and anti-cancer agents.
It is believed that the vitamin can prevent a variety of cancers from developing, including lung, prostate, bladder, breast and cervical, as well as leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Vitamin C is also said to prevent the spread of tumors, and help the body heal after cancer surgery. Furthermore, it enhances the effects of certain anti-cancer drugs, and reduces the toxic effects of other drugs used in chemotherapy.
Learn more about the history and the evidence supporting Vitamin C & Cancer.