New Insights on Vitamin C and Cancer

  • Michael J. Gonzalez
  • Jorge R. Miranda-Massari

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Cancer Research book series (BRIEFSCANCER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Michael J. Gonzalez, Jorge R. Miranda-Massari
    Pages 1-15
  3. Michael J. Gonzalez, Jorge R. Miranda-Massari
    Pages 17-26
  4. Michael J. Gonzalez, Jorge R. Miranda-Massari
    Pages 27-55
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 57-69

About this book


Research on vitamin C and its effects on cancer is growing in popularity around the world as positive research continues to accumulate building a stronger case for its effectiveness. This concise SpringerBrief on Vitamin C and Cancer presents the latest findings on how vitamin C induces apoptosis. A high concentration of vitamin C allows for ascorbate to generate hydrogen peroxide in tissue that can selectively kill cancer cells. Research has confirmed that high-dose vitamin C is cytotoxic to a wide variety of cancer cell lines, and that it also boosts the anti-cancer activity of several common chemotherapy drugs. Vitamin C also does more than just kill cancer cells. It boosts immunity by stimulating collagen formation to help the body wall off the tumor. It inhibits hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumors use to metastasize and invade other organs throughout the body. This concise and up-to-date Brief is geared towards cancer researchers and scientists, as well as physicians interested in the basic science and the translational potential of vitamin C in cancer therapeutics.


Ascorbic Acid Cancer Vitamin C antioxidant apoptosis

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Gonzalez
    • 1
  • Jorge R. Miranda-Massari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development, Nutrition Program, School of Public Health,University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences CampusSan JuanPuerto Rico
  2. 2.School of Pharmacy, Department Pharmacy PracticeUniversity of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences CampusSan JuanPuerto Rico

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-1889-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-1890-4
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