Skip to comments.Low vitamin C levels may raise heart failure patients' risk
Posted on 11/13/2011 11:28:55 AM PST by decimon
Low levels of vitamin C were associated with higher levels of high sensitivity C-Reactive protein (hsCRP) and shorter intervals without major cardiac issues or death for heart failure patients, in research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011.
Compared to those with high vitamin C intake from food, heart failure patients in the study who had low vitamin C intake were 2.4 times more likely to have higher levels of hsCRP, a marker for inflammation and a risk factor for heart disease.
The study is the first to demonstrate that low vitamin C intake is associated with worse outcomes for heart failure patients.
Study participants with low vitamin C intake and hsCRP over 3 milligrams per liter (mg/L) were also nearly twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease within one year of follow-up.
"We found that adequate intake of vitamin C was associated with longer survival in patients with heart failure," said Eun Kyeung Song, Ph.D., R.N., lead author of the study and assistant professor at the Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, in the University of Ulsan in Korea.
The average age among the 212 patients in the study was 61, and about one-third were women. Approximately 45 percent of the participants had moderate to severe heart failure.
Participants completed a four-day food diary verified by a registered dietitian and a software program calculated their vitamin C intake. Bloods tests measured hsCRP.
Researchers divided participants into one group with levels over 3 mg/L of hsCRP and another with lower levels. Patients were followed for one year to determine the length of time to their first visit to the emergency department due to cardiac problems or death.
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Lots of data out there on Vitamin C. It's not a panacea, but it helps boost the immune system and fight inflammation.
From Here. "Experts continue to argue about whether antioxidants like vitamin C can prevent heart disease. But some of the evidence is highly persuasive. When Finnish researchers looked at studies involving nearly 300,000 people over 10 years, they found that taking more than 700 milligrams of C supplements daily reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 25 percent. And a recent study from Harvard University researchers hints that women who take a combo of 500 milligrams of vitamin C daily and 600 IU of vitamin E (another antioxidant) can cut their risk of stroke by 30 percent."
So, some C, E and maybe a baby aspirin a day. . As always, check with your Doctor.
Oral doses of liposomally-encapsulated Vitamin C can reportedly produce levels in the bloodstream previously only attainable via IV.
You’re welcome. Some are making their own, using ultrasonic jewelry cleaning devices to effect encapsulation, but recent analysis indicates that the nanoparticles are much larger (and therefore less able to enter cells) than those in the commercially-produced kind.
Every time I have a glass of water, I put in a quarter teaspoon (1000 mg) of Trader Joe’s vitamin C powder.
Go out in the sun....and stop with the sun screen.
I'm not citrus.
Interesting! Will the American Heart Association now apologize to Linus Pauling for calling him a quack? Sadly, probably not.
A great book to read about Pauling and his research regarding heart disease and Vitamin C is PRACTICING MEDICINE WITHOUT A LICENSE? THE STORY OF THE LINUS PAULING THERAPY FOR HEART DISEASE by Owen Fonorow.
That's for vitamin D, not C.
So, from other health related news which touts the benefits of imbibing in Red Wine (which I try to do religiously--hey if it was good enough for Jesus....lol) daily, I guess I'm well on my way to live to be a 100?
Just celebrated (not really, simply "acknowledged" same) my 68th and this ol' fart is still (and working at my business 3-5 days a week) going strong.
After surviving 18 Months in Nam and coming back without a scratch (no, getting my hands stepped on when crawling out of bars didn't count as "wounds" or I would have had me--like John Kerry--several purple hearts) led me to realize that every day God gives me on his good green Earth is one more that I probably should not have had, considering some close calls, thus I don't worry or fret about it.
The health-related topics I like most are about the food, drink and cheap supplements we can take for general health or to help treat conditions of bad health. A no-sweat approach to improving health.
I've been doing research on Linus Pauling's Therapy for cardiovascular disease. Do you have any experience with the protocol? http://www.paulingtherapy.com/
My mom & dad both suffer and we 4 kids approaching our 50s are prime candidates as well. Just discovered the Pauling's Therapy last week and trying to learn as much ASAP
I think that Pauling was starting to find a solution to the problem. The book, PRACTICING MEDICINE WITHOUT A LICENSE? THE STORY OF LINUS PAULING THERAPY FOR HEART DISEASE by Owen Fonorow goes into detail about Pauling’s life and his therapy.
Low carbohydrate diets are also an area to explore as far as preventative health.
Also check out the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics for tons of information on alternative ideas about heart disease. These are Phd’s and M.D’s - mostly outside the US - who are thinking contrary to most common practice (at least in USA) about how to prevent/help heart disease. http://www.thincs.org/
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