Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) has at least 2 diverse therapeutic applications, one derived from high doses of vitamin C, the other from lower doses. Both uses may be clinically helpful over a wide range of applications. This apparent therapeutic dichotomy exists because at lower doses, IVC acts as a cell-support and antioxidant supplement, whereas at higher doses it acts as an oxidative pro-drug. High-dose intravenous vitamin C (HDIVC) is greater than 15 g/infusion and low-dose intravenous vitamin C (LDIVC) is less than 15 g/infusion.
Vitamin C is significant to the human body and plays a role in reducing the inflammatory response and preventing the common cold. In addition, a few studies have shown that vitamin C deficiency is related to the increased risk and severity of influenza infections.
Vitamin C and Coronavirus
A new government clinical trial is looking into IV vitamin C’s ability to improve the prognosis of patients with 2019 new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infected pneumonia, namely severe acute respiratory infection (SARI). Early feedback from China suggested low dose vitamin C (10-12 grams) given to COVID-19 patients with SARI had better outcomes, possibly due to reduced oxidative stress within lung tissues.
Many protocols exist for the use of low dose IVC. This is commonly referred to as a Myers’ cocktail, and our clinic doctors create a combination of nutrients specific to the patient’s condition and needs. While it can be used in the context of complementing conventional cancer treatment, IVC is also used for other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, muscle spasms, arrhythmia, and anxiety, to name a few.
It is also a great way to give your immune system a boost and improve overall health when the name of the game is to fight viral infections.
High Dose Vitamin C
High dose IVC is mostly used in our clinic for complementary cancer support and part of our antiviral approach commonly used with patients battling EBV and herpes zoster. Its oxidative stress mechanism suggests that high dose IVC may be helpful with other infections.
IVC is a safe and very useful therapy to address many health conditions and a way to boost the immune system and reduce oxidative loads. Contact the clinic if you are interested in starting vitamin C therapy.