Vitamin C in very large quantities presents an effective means to combat leukemia — cancer affecting blood cells. This was reported by experts from the new York medical school. The ability of the vitamin to prevent cancer, according to scientists, was able to show in experiments on animals.
Experts drew attention to the fact that sometimes the background threat of the disease is a mutation or malfunction of the gene TET2. Normally this gene is responsible for ensuring that stem cells turned into white blood cells, or white blood cells, and then perished in the designated time. If TET2 works incorrectly or insufficiently active, the white blood cells instead begin to divide. This, in turn, can lead to cancer development, the researchers said.
In the experiment, the scientists injected laboratory mice in which the gene TET2 worked in different ways, large doses of vitamin C for 24 weeks. Primarily professionals interested in genetically modified rodents, where the gene TET2 was two times less active. As it turned out, at the end of the experiment, the mice were being injected, white blood cell count was normal, while in the control group, additional vitamin C is not treated with white blood cell count was three times the legal limit.
However, experts note that their study, in fact, does not affect the question about the benefits of vitamin C in a more domestic sense. We are talking about very large doses which exceed by orders of magnitude contained in the daily diet. In the experiment, the mice were given 100 milligrams of vitamin C is about the amount contained in two oranges medium size. However, even if even if the results apply to man, he for the same effect you will need to enter intravenously three thousand times higher dose of the vitamin. However, the researchers hope that on the basis of the received
The study was published in the journal Cell.