Vitamin C and... Heart Attack Prevention?

Vitamin C is a well-known and potent antioxidant. It can provide a boost to immune function, increases resistance to infection, as well as protection against a wide range of conditions including premature aging.

A growing body of evidence suggests that vitamin C may also be able to prevent some of the damage caused by DNA-damaging free radicals.

Excess free radicals, a symptom of modern-day living, are said to accelerate aging and contribute to the development of heart disease.

Indeed, studies have observed many potential detrimental effects on humans with low consumption of antioxidants, including an increased risk of peripheral artery disease and stroke.

Conversely, people who consume a diet rich in antioxidants (such as vitamin C) is said to have a lower risk of high blood pressure, a reduction in the hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis), increased artery flexibility, as well as observable low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol prevention.

As humans do not produce vitamin C naturally, it is important that we consume sufficient amount exogenous supplements from our diet. This could prove difficult given our hectic modern lifestyle.

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Sources: Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure: An Overview, Shailja Chambial, Shailendra Dwivedi, Kamla Kant Shukla, Pacheril J John and Praveen Sharma. Indian J Clin Biochem. 2013 Oct; 28(4): 314-328. Published online 1 September 2013.

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