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The role of vitamin C in the treatment of pain: new insights

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Translational Medicine, April 2017
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Title
The role of vitamin C in the treatment of pain: new insights
Published in
Journal of Translational Medicine, April 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12967-017-1179-7
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Authors

Anitra C. Carr, Cate McCall

Abstract

The vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy is characterised by musculoskeletal pain and recent epidemiological evidence has indicated an association between suboptimal vitamin C status and spinal pain. Furthermore, accumulating evidence indicates that vitamin C administration can exhibit analgesic properties in some clinical conditions. The prevalence of hypovitaminosis C and vitamin C deficiency is high in various patient groups, such as surgical/trauma, infectious diseases and cancer patients. A number of recent clinical studies have shown that vitamin C administration to patients with chronic regional pain syndrome decreases their symptoms. Acute herpetic and post-herpetic neuralgia is also diminished with high dose vitamin C administration. Furthermore, cancer-related pain is decreased with high dose vitamin C, contributing to enhanced patient quality of life. A number of mechanisms have been proposed for vitamin C's analgesic properties. Herein we propose a novel analgesic mechanism for vitamin C; as a cofactor for the biosynthesis of amidated opioid peptides. It is well established that vitamin C participates in the amidation of peptides, through acting as a cofactor for peptidyl-glycine α-amidating monooxygenase, the only enzyme known to amidate the carboxy terminal residue of neuropeptides and peptide hormones. Support for our proposed mechanism comes from studies which show a decreased requirement for opioid analgesics in surgical and cancer patients administered high dose vitamin C. Overall, vitamin C appears to be a safe and effective adjunctive therapy for acute and chronic pain relief in specific patient groups.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 <1%
Unknown 108 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 20 18%
Unspecified 16 15%
Other 15 14%
Student > Master 14 13%
Researcher 12 11%
Other 32 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 42 39%
Unspecified 22 20%
Nursing and Health Professions 13 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 9%
Social Sciences 5 5%
Other 17 16%

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