Vitamin C and Cervical Cancer

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Studies regarding the efficacy of vitamin C in the treatment of cervical cancer are similar to that of beta-carotene. Both nutrients are important as preemptive protectors against cervical cancers but should not be utilized to treat cancer, rather supplementation should be used as a preventative measure only.

Research indicates that adequate plasma vitamin C reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer by 60%. According to Pizzorno & Murray (2012), inadequate vitamin C intake is an independent risk factor the development of cervical cancer. Vitamin C, like beta-carotene has antioxidant properties, so it strengthens epithelial tissue which protects it against cervical cancer. Vitamin C also inhibits carcinoma formation and enhances immune function which is essential for preventing infection and chronic disease (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012). By ensuring adequate consumption of foods rich in vitamin C, the risk of developing cervical cancer can be significantly decreased.

 

For further reading . . .

Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

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