Vitamin C reduces risk of death from breast cancer, study finds


A new scientific study has highlighted the importance of vitamin C for the human being. Known to all is the power of this micronutrient to strengthen the immune system, but a new research paper highlights an association regarding the mamma cancerto.

This meta-analysis published in the prestigious GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute concludes that vitamin C protects cells from oxidative damage that could lead to cancer progression. In addition, this micronutrient also performs functions within the immune system to fight infections and enhance the immune response.

In this sense, this study sheds a light of hope in a natural way to fight breast cancer. And it is that this type of cancer is the most diagnosed among women worldwide. Thus, there are many studies that have tried to verify whether vitamin C could have a positive influence on people who are detected with this type of disease.

Specifically, the meta-analysis that concerns us was based on analyzing ten different studies in which a total of 17,696 cases of breast cancer were organized. The objective was to obtain an answer on the effect of the intake of vitamin C, both through the diet and through supplements; thus, how to determine the survival rate of women with breast cancer.

Does vitamin C influence mortality from breast cancer?

The results of the meta-analysis were conclusive. Participants who took vitamin C supplements after being diagnosed with breast cancer had a 19% lower risk of overall mortality and a 15% lower chance of dying from breast cancer; with respect to the rest of the study participants.

Vitamin C breast cancer
Breast cancer

However, the researchers try to delve into the results of the study to explain to what extent vitamin C intake is beneficial against breast cancer. For every 100 mg a day of vitamin C included in the diet, the risk of dying in general decreases by 27% and by 22% in the case of breast cancer.

In other words, this in-depth research work not only demonstrated that the intake of vitamin C reduces the risk of mortality in patients with breast cancer, but also reduces the probability of mortality in general.

How much vitamin C do you need?

The study could not find out exactly the level of vitamin C intake associated with a lower risk of mortality. In other words, it was only possible to determine that a high intake of this micronutrient was associated with a decreased risk of dying.

vitamin C
vitamin C

In addition, complementary studies have also shown that having high levels of vitamin C in the body helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

In this sense, from the prestigious Linus Pauling Institute recommend taking a vitamin C intake of 400 mg per day. However, this research suggests that daily doses should be 500 mg to 6,000 mg daily to be effective for different conditions, such as reducing the risk of breast cancer mortality.

A daily dose much higher than recommended by the United States National Institute of Health, which establishes the following amounts as sufficient based on age and gender:

Stage of life Recommended amount
Babies up to 6 months of age 40 mg
Babies 7 to 12 months of age 50 mg
Children 1 to 3 years of age 15 mg
Children 4-8 years old 25 mg
Children 9 to 13 years old 45 mg
Adolescents (males) 14 to 18 years of age 75 mg
Adolescents (girls) 14 to 18 years of age 65 mg
Adults (men) 90 mg
Adults (women) 75 mg
Pregnant teens 80 mg
Pregnant women 85 mg
Lactating adolescents 115 mg
Lactating women 120 mg

Thus, from the Linus Pauling Institute they advise practically six times the intake of vitamin C of an adult so that this micronutrient causes beneficial effects against certain diseases or health conditions.

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