The Benefit of Vitamin C For Your Brain & Heart – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 125
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
What is an Endothelial Function?
Endothelial cells line many of your tissues, or your blood vessel walls. It the job of these cells of pump and push open your blood vessels. For instance, your heart is pumping blood every three quarters of a second or 80 times a minute. If these cells are not functioning properly, the heart has to pump harder to get the blood to your brain, legs, muscles, etc… This can be destructive and can damage your blood vessels even greater, causing high blood pressure. So endothelial function is really important.
To improve it, we have to look at something called Flow Mediated Dilation. Dilation means the blood vessels can pop open appropriately and blood flow is better. A meta-analysis – a group of 44 randomized controlled human clinical studies – focused on whether or not Vitamin C improves circulation in 2014. This analysis found that Vitamin C did improve circulation and endothelial function in patients with diabetes and with atherosclerosis. In healthy participants – 500mg of Vitamin C each day – was shown to improve endothelial function.†
When you look at how much Vitamin C is in your blood, that is a true picture of Vitamin C consumption. In a meta-analysis of 29 randomized controlled human clinical trials, Vitamin C supplements were shown to improve high blood pressure.†
What you need to know about strokes
A stroke can rob you of your independence and your mobility. They are very common. A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. When it is caused by a blockage of the arteries it is called a ischemic stroke. When it is caused by a burst blood vessel, it is called a hemorrhagic stroke.
In a study from Japan of 2,000 people and over a 20 year period, researchers found that higher intake of Vitamin C reduced the risk of suffering with a stroke by 29%.†
In England, there was the Epic Northic study that studied over 20,000 people for over a ten year period. Researchers found that participants with high levels of Vitamin C in their blood had a 42% reduced risk of a stroke.†
In a separate meta-analysis of 17 human clinical trials showed that higher blood levels of Vitamin C reduced the risk of a stroke by 38%.†
The American Association of Retired People (AARP) released a Diet and Healthy study that included 232,000 older adults and reported that taking Vitamin C daily reduced the risk of developing diabetes by approximately 10% in comparison to those who did not take a supplement.†
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