A recent study showed that men who consume at least 300 milligrams of vitamin C, through food and supplements, slash their risk of death from heart disease by 40 percent.
Here are seven proven ways that vitamin C helps lower your risk of heart disease:
1. Vitamin C is linked to reduced levels of lipoprotein (a). High levels of lipoprotein (a) are linked to stroke.
2. Vitamin C helps to prevent high blood pressure.
3. Vitamin C helps to prevent hardening of the arteries.
4. It lowers blood cholesterol levels.
5. Vitamin C helps repair damaged artery walls, thereby preventing cholesterol from being deposited.
6. As an antioxidant, it reduces free radicals which can damage the heart and blood vessels.
7. Vitamin C is also linked, in studies, to an increase in high density lipoproteins (HDL), which is also frequently called the good cholesterol.
Vitamin C is found in most fruits and vegetables, especially pomegranates, tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries, acai, and red bell peppers.
By Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 12-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Check out her natural health resources and subscribe to her free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.