Vitamin C could be a cost-effective way to reduce the time that patients spend in intensive care. This was the conclusion of a recent analysis of evidence from published trials.
oranges and orange juice are sources of vitamin c
Vitamin C, which is present in oranges and other citrus fruits, may reduce the time some patients spend in the ICU.
Dr. Harri Hemilä of the University of Helsinki in Finland and Dr. Elizabeth Chalker of the University of Sydney in Australia have written a study paper that features in the journal Nutrients in which they explain how they found the “statistically highly significant evidence” that led to their conclusion.
A pooled analysis of data from a dozen trials found that giving patients vitamin C reduced time spent in the intensive care unit (ICU) by an average of 8 percent.
The authors are not claiming that the evidence is enough to justify changes to ICU practice.
They do, however, maintain that their findings serve as “proof of concept” and call for further research to investigate the effect of vitamin C on ICU patients.
“In further studies,” they write, “the dose-response relationship should be carefully investigated, and oral and intravenous administration should be compared directly.”
Critical care and vitamin C
The ICU is a hospital department that takes care of people who are critically ill with life-threatening conditions. There, they receive 24-hour care and life support from a specialized team.
The reasons for admission to the ICU are many and varied. Examples include major surgery, heart failure, stroke, traffic accidents, severe burns, serious infections, and chronic and terminal disease.