We give Vitamin C a lot of credit for the immune benefits it provides. When most of us feel that we’re about to get sick, we up our dose of Vitamin C hoping it will raise our immune system and fight off the illness. It’s widely known as a great source for antioxidants and one of the safest nutrients; found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as nutritional supplements. There is no doubt that Vitamin C is an easily accessible nutrient, and its benefits go beyond immune function. More and more researchers are finding Vitamin C to provide a wealth of cardiovascular benefits as well.
Just recently, it was found by a team of researchers, that diets rich in Vitamin C could help reduce ones risk of hemorrhagic stroke (the most common type of stroke). A French research team led a study that investigated Vitamin C levels in those who had suffered from an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke and compared them to the Vitamin C levels in a group of individuals who had never suffered from stroke. Although there has already been some research that has linked Vitamin C rich supplements and diets to reducing one’s stroke risk, this study aimed to look at the levels of Vitamin C to see if there was in fact any link in stroke risk.
It was found, by the French research team, that on average, those that had suffered from stroke had depleted levels of Vitamin C, while those who had not suffered from stroke had normal levels of Vitamin C; it was found that 45% of the individuals tested had depleted levels of Vitamin C.1 This study adds to another recent analysis that found that a daily supplement of 500 milligrams of Vitamin C helps to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure; which is a huge risk factor in not only stroke, but heart disease as well. These and many other studies help confirm the heart health benefits of the citrus vitamin.
As we continue to promote heart hearth awareness during the month of February, making sure we have enough Vitamin C in our diets should be a priority! If you don’t have any time to wash and feel your fruits, grab a stick pack of Beyond Tangy Tangerine 2.0 – Citrus Peach Fusion! BTT 2.0 stick packs carry 1250 mg of Vitamin C, more than the amount which was found to help reduce one’s blood pressure and help reduce your risk of stroke. Make sure you always have ample supplies of Vitamin C in your diet and not just when you’re feeling the sick bug.
Optimal health is the key to prevention!
Youngevity Marketing Team