Prevention: a case for vitamin C and heart disease

There is a pervasive misbelief when people think about healthcare as it relates to heart disease. The current system, unarguably, is symptom-based medical care; people depend on the system to help them as problems arise- detect a symptom, provide a patch. Root cause on the other hand is when you take control of the state of your health, before or after problems are detected.

When we hear about heart health from mainstream sources we are led to believe that saturated fat and high cholesterol are the underlying causes contribute to plaque build-up. The solution? Throw a pill at the problem. By looking at the markers leading up to heart disease- supported by scientific research- inevitable outcomes can be avoided.

 Vitamin C  deficiency is the number one cause of heart disease and is completely avoidable.

Arteries require collagen to circulate blood quickly and efficiently. Vitamin C contributes to healthy collagen. The problem is that people don’t get enough C as the current recommended dosage is around 90mg per day- in other words, just enough to prevent scurvy. Vitamin C  deficiency is the number one cause of heart disease and is completely avoidable.

Current wisdom about the cause of heart disease is that the plaque builds up slowly over time, narrowing the artery to where it is finally shut off. What really happens is that toxic buildup in the body causes inflammation which in turn causes a part of the plaque to tear away from the artery wall and create a blockage of the blood flow. Inflammation is serious- and health professionals can test for nutritional deficiencies that can lead to this state. Exposure to mercury, aluminum and fluoride can cause this toxicity.

We can do our best to prevent this inflammation by-

  • avoiding and minimizing exposure to toxins
  • shoring up Vitamin C stores

How much to take? Here’s Jonathan Landsman from Natural Health 365:

“well-designed, long-term studies on vitamin C’s benefit are piling up. One study, in which researchers followed subjects for over a decade, demonstrated that vitamin C supplementation of at least 700 mg of ascorbic acid a day dropped risk of cardiovascular disease by 25 percent. A study of 11,000 adults confirmed that taking 800 mg of vitamin C a day cut the rate of heart disease by 42 percent in men and 25 percent in women.”

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