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Vitamin C Injections Found To Be A Safe, Cheap Treatment For Sepsis

November 23, 2010: 04:14 PM EST

Canadian scientists have found that injections of inexpensive and safe vitamin C not only prevent the onset of sepsis, a life-threatening disease that starts with a bacterial infection, but it reverses it as well. Sepsis, which can begin anywhere in the body, causes the immune system to go into overdrive and overwhelm normal processes in the blood. Small blood clots form and block blood flow to vital organs, leading to organ failure. Though there is no effective treatment, the researchers discovered  that a single injection of vitamin C at the time of sepsis onset prevents capillary plugging. In addition, a delayed injection can reverse plugging by restoring blood flow in plugged capillaries. According to the researchers, vitamin C could "significantly improve the outcome of sepsis patients world-wide especially in developing countries."

"Vitamin C May Offer Potential Life-Saving Treatment for Sepsis", News release, University of Western Ontario, November 23, 2010, © University of Western Ontario
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