Most of us understand the general role that vitamin C plays in our body. To recap, it's necessary for the development, growth and repair of all the body's tissues. It's also involved in a number of body functions, including the absorption of iron, the formation of collagen, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth.
The benefits that this vitamin offers your health don't end there though. According to a study published in the journal Stroke, vitamin C may also help protect against coronary artery disease - damage or disease in the heart's major blood vessels usually caused by a build-up of plaque. Keep reading for the full scoop.
Study ties optimal levels of vitamin C to a lower risk of stroke and coronary artery disease
The 10 year-long study that looked at 2,419 middle-aged men was conducted by Finnish heart heath researchers. It found that the risk of stroke was two-and-a-half times higher in men with low plasma vitamin compared to those with moderate to high levels of vitamin C. Overweight
men and those with high blood pressure
who got little vitamin C were at triple the risk of stroke.
So how much vitamin C do you need to significantly lower your risk of stroke and coronary artery disease? To put things into perspective, the men in the low vitamin C group consumed less than 40 mg of vitamin C per day, which is equivalent to half a glass of orange juice. Those in the high vitamin C group got as much as 200 mg of vitamin C per day, which is as much as you’d get from two glasses of orange juice.
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Vitamin C protects against stroke and coronary artery disease in a number of ways…
So just how does vitamin C ward off stroke and coronary artery disease? In a number of ways, actually – it minimises artery damage from free radicals, reduces blood pressure
and helps keep cholesterol
levels in check, explains lead study author Sudhir Kurl, MD.
The simplest way to boost your heart health and stave off stroke and coronary artery disease by upping your vitamin D quotient is to drink two 250 ml glasses of orange juice per day.
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