vitamin slashes heart risk

July 2004
Better Nutrition;Jul2004, Vol. 66 Issue 7, p16
Vitamin C reduces levels of a marker for inflammation— a protein that has been more strongly linked to heart disease than cholesterol levels. A University of California, Berkeley, study reported in the April 2004 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows that daily doses of 500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C lower C-reactive protein (CRP) levels by 24 percent after 2 months. CRP is also linked to diabetes and Alzheimer's disease risk. Inflammation levels can go 100-fold with an infection, although they drop after the infection Due to printer error a section of this article is missing. If the study results can be duplicated— and the National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant for another trial of vitamin C to confirm the findings-vitamin C supplements may become an inexpensive intervention for heart disease.


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