Millions die each year from heart disease and stroke, and the overwhelming evidence is that vitamin C supplementation would save many lives.
Two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling estimated that the rate of heart disease would be reduced by 80 per cent if adults in the US supplemented with 2,000 to 3,000 mg of vitamin C each day. According to Dr. Pauling, “Since vitamin C deficiency is the common cause of human heart disease, vitamin C supplementation is the universal treatment for this disease.” Heart disease is the number one killer in the western world.
For those with existing heart disease Dr. Pauling said that blockage of heart arteries could actually be reversed by supplementing with 6,000 of vitamin C and 6,000 of lysine (a common amino acid) taken in divided doses throughout the day. Vitamin C supplementation both lowers serum cholesterol levels and repairs lesions of arterial walls. 1998 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Louis J. Ignarro found that supplementing with vitamin C and vitamin E significantly reduces the risk of developing arteriosclerosis.
A study examined vitamin E and vitamin C supplement use in relation to mortality risk in 11,178 persons aged 67-105 who participated in the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly. Over a nine year period, simultaneous use of vitamins E and C was associated with a lower risk of total mortality and coronary mortality after adjusting for alcohol use, smoking history, aspirin use, and medical conditions.
A landmark study following over 85,000 nurses over a 16-year period for a total of 1,240,000 person-years found that vitamin C supplementation significantly reduced the risk of heart disease. Intake of vitamin C from foods alone was insufficient to significantly effect the rate of heart disease. High quantities of vitamin C from supplements was essential to provide the protective effects. The study adjusted for age, smoking, and a variety of other coronary risk factors.
An international team pooled data from nine prospective studies of 293,000 people that included information on intakes of vitamin E, carotenoids, and vitamin C, with a 10-year follow-up to check for major incident coronary heart disease events in people without disease when the study began. Dietary intake of antioxidant vitamins was only weakly related to a reduced coronary heart disease risk. However, subjects who took as little as 700 mg of vitamin C daily in supplement form reduced their risk of heart disease events by 25 per cent compared to those who took no supplements.
Most Americans fail to eat the US RDA for several vitamins and minerals. Supplements are not the problem; they are part of the solution. Malnutrition is the problem.
The above information was part of an article featured in Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, http://orthomolecular.org/subscribe.html and http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/index.shtml
Debbie and I have recommended many clients take Vitamin C as part of therapeutic programs as well as a preventative strategy, with great effect. We both take it every day.
Vitamin C is very inexpensive. The best way to consume it is to take it as a powder. There are lots of Vitamin C products, most trying to add value [like ‘slow release’] so they can charge more. We supply 500 grams of Vitamin C [about 200 days preventative dose] for $35.
It does not matter where you get it. Just get on to it. It really could save your life.
About the Author: Steve Alexander has been a natural health practitioner since 1992. He has seen the Health and Wellness industry evolve and change and brings a wealth of experience to his clients. He is a co-founder of the Revival Company and currently works with clients by appointment.