Vitamin C could have a beneficial effect on your heart, similar to the effects of regular exercise, study shows
A recent study presented at the International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics looked at the effects of Vitamin C on cardiovascular health.
Overweight and obese adults have a high level of a protein that can cause constrict blood vessels (endothelin (ET)-1). The vessels constricting can reduce blood flow and increase the risk of vascular disease. Exercise can reduce ET-1 but this study carried out by the University of Colorado, Boulder, showed that taking Vitamin C daily reduced ET-1 as much as exercise did. The scientists used 500mg of vitamin C and concluded that it could help overweight or obese adults lower their risk of heart disease.
Vitamin C is abundant in fruit and vegetables so make sure you are getting at least 5 a day. Pasteurised fruit juices do not count!
Below are some examples of vitamin C-rich foods. Maybe leave the potatoes out as chemically speaking they are more of a carbohydrate source (like grains) than a vegetable. Also potatoes don’t contain such high amounts of vitamin C.
Other vitamin C-rich foods not included below: guavas, broccoli, tomatoes, peas (mange-tout), papaya.
For supplementation I would recommend using an alkaline form of vitamin C, such as magnesium ascorbate which create a less acidic environment in your body.
NB: The title of this article is exciting news for those who dislike exercise but bear in mind that exercise has other beneficial health effects that vitamin C alone cannot procure. To name but a few: exercise stimulates detoxification by activating the lymphatic system; it produces the “feel-good” neurotransmitters in your brain, serotonin and dopamine; it increases muscle mass versus fat tissue which is known as one of the most important antiageing strategies; it modulates the body’s insulin response and helps stabilise blood glucose values, thus avoiding those mood swings, etc.