Humans vary greatly in their vitamin C requirement. It’s natural for one person to need 10 times as much vitamin C as another person; and a person’s age and health status can dramatically change his or her need for vitamin C.

Here are some more of the wonderful benefits you can get by supplementing with the correct amount of vitamin C:

Researchers have discovered that a daily supplement of vitamin C can significantly reduce high blood pressure in patients.

The study, published in the medical journal Lancet, was done by scientists at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. It was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

The amount of vitamin C used which contributed to the blood pressure reductions found in the study – 500 milligrams per day – would be without any side effects, very inexpensive as a dietary supplement, and could provide blood pressure reductions comparable to those of some prescription drugs used to reduce hypertension, the researchers said.

In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, a “first” of its kind — the first to report that vitamin C can lower C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is an indicator of inflammation that has attracted increasing attention as a new way to identify those at risk for heart attack.

It’s now understood that chronic inflammation can lead to heart attack and stroke by making artery plaque loaded with cholesterol less stable and more likely to rupture. This is where a bubble forms in the plaque and bursts, ejecting a quantity of soft gooey plaque into the blood stream that can clog and block the artery.

CRP levels can rise up to a 100 times their normal rate for short periods during illness, because inflammation occurs as part of the body’s normal defense against infection.

However a persistent, moderately elevated level of CRP in the blood reflects chronic inflammation, and has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even age-related macular degeneration [Definition: a condition, usually seen in the elderly, characterized by a gradual loss of vision in the center of one’s field of vision and eventual blindness].

In this double-blind study, researchers at University of California at Berkeley found the levels of CRP decreased 24% for those supplementing with 500 mg of vitamin C.

New findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, are based on a study of 85,118 women. At the beginning of the study, the women were surveyed about vitamin use and the foods they ate. They were then followed for 16 years to see if they developed heart problems.

After taking into account the women’s age, whether they smoked, and other factors, the researchers found that the risk of heart disease dropped as vitamin C intake increased. Women who supplemented with vitamin C were 28% less likely to develop heart disease than women who didn’t.

The only vitamin C that actually nourishes the cells of your body is a food, not man made chemicals.


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