April 15, 2012
Vitamin C Supplements Reduce Blood Pressure Without Side Effects Associated With Medication
A new study released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that taking vitamin C supplements in the short-term reduces both systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) all without any side effects making it an excellent natural alternative to dangerous medications.
Previous research has found that therapy with vitamin C may help heart failure patients by improving the function of their blood vessels.
The current meta-analysis led by Stephen P Juraschek of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and colleagues showed that taking as low as 500 mg per day of vitamin C for an average of eight weeks lowered SBP and DBP by 3.84 mm Hg and 1.48 mm Hg, respectively.
Twenty-nine trials met eligibility criteria for the primary analysis and among participants who had hypertension or high blood pressure, taking vitamin C reduced SBP and DBP by 4.85 mm Hg and 1.67 mm Hg, respecively.
The researchers said in their report that observational studies indicated increased vitamin C intake, vitamin C supplementation, and higher serum vitamin C are all associated with lower blood pressure.
This meta-analysis was intended to examine the blood pressure-lowering effects of vitamin C in clinical trials. Previous trials were inconsistent.
The researchers concluded that "vitamin C supplementation reduced SBP and DBP. Long-term trials on the effects of vitamin C supplementation on BP and clinical events are needed."
Late famous chemist Dr. Linus Pauling recommended that people need to have increasing intake of vitamin C as they are getting older. People in their 50's may take 5000 mg per day. Vitamin C does not result in any side or adverse effects.
Commenting on the study, Dr. Samuel Georges said "the study demonstrates worthy alternatives for those sensitive to blood pressure medications, especially considering the lack of side effects from vitamin C supplementation."
Intraveous injection of vitamin C solution has been found to protect against cancer. This vitamin may also help diabetes and heart disease among other things.
It should be pointed out that vitamin C supplements on the market may be full of fillers. Foodconsumer.org recommends that food consumers should use 100% pure vitamin C.
Intraveous injection of vitamin C has been found to prevent damage induced by cancer-causing radiation, prevent gastric cancer, lung cancer, Alzheimer's disease, leukemia, prostate cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, smoke-induced atherosclerosis, infections, diabetes, heart failure damage, heart disease, age-related cataract, gout, inhibit HIV replication, and promote wound healing.
Natasha Longo has a master's degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.