A University of Otago researcher says a significant development in establishing a link between vitamin C and tumour growth may offer help with fighting cancer.
Professor Margreet Vissers of the university's Free Radical Research Group says the study is the first real evidence of the link between vitamin C and tumour growth.
Her study looked at whether vitamin C levels were lowered in patients with endometrial tumours.
Professor Vissers says tumours with low vitamin C levels had more of a certain protein, which allows them to thrive under stress.
She says it may be beneficial for people with cancer cells to have more vitamin C, to help limit the growth of tumours.