Don’t Forget Vitamin C for Your Arteries

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Vitamin C has been around so long some people forget just what a great nutrient it is.  A comprehensive analysis of the biochemistry of vitamin C1 as it relates to important cells lining your arteries concludes by saying that vitamin C plays a favorable role in ameliorating the earliest stages of inflammation that leads to atherosclerosis.  The authors believe that if individuals used vitamin C when their problems were small or just getting started it would be quite helpful in reducing the accumulation of problems that tend to pile up in the arteries as time goes along..

Vitamin C plays an important role in helping to synthesize new collagen and new endothelial cells that line your arteries, while at the same time reducing problems in areas of vascular damage.  As an antioxidant vitamin C works to stabilize immune cells along the walls of your arteries to help reduce plaque accumulation.  It works synergistically with other antioxidants like tocotrienols and grape seed extract.

Common amounts of vitamin C for general immune function and cardiovascular support range from 500 mg to 1000 mg per day.  The need for vitamin C goes higher the more stress you are under, with many people noticing their immunity, stress tolerance (adrenals), and general sense of physical well being is better on 2,000 mg to 6,000 mg per day.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Vitamin C and Artery Health  Pharmacol Ther.   Aguirre R, May JM.

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