We all know about vitamin C’s superhero status when it comes to bolstering your immune system.
Not breaking news.
But deeper research into the benefits of vitamin C reveal some unheralded but perhaps potential additional superpowers.
Can we add blood pressure to the list?
In 2012, researchers from Johns Hopkins performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials from1966-2011 to determine if the trials performed to that point have shown any effects of vitamin C supplementation on blood pressure.
Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they filtered the available trial results to include only those studies that used a randomized controlled trial design; had a minimum duration of two weeks; measured effects on systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, or both; and used oral vitamin C and concurrent control groups.
The good news is they found significant reductions in systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.
To the tune of a reduction of 3.84 mm HG SBP and 1.48 mm Hg DBP as well as a reduction of 4.85 mm Hg SBP and 1.67 mm Hg DBP in trials in hypertensive participants.
Now, does this mean you should start downing Airbornes like your life depended on it to make all your problems go away?
It does mean, however, that proper vitamin C supplementation could offer you a whole host of holistic health benefits that could potentially increase your ability to enjoy and experience life, perhaps in more ways than we’ve thought.
To do so, you should talk to your licensed health care provider to see if vitamin C supplementation could be beneficial to you and, if so, to determine the proper amount and form to supplement with.
Proper dosage is important. Examining how it might impact other medications you are taking is even more important.
Safety is the most important.
A few of my vitamin C favorites are listed below. These offer some of the best, high-quality, natural ingredients – not artificially-created vitamin C in a lab.
Which may still have some benefit. It’s just not my cup of tea.
But again, talk to your doctor first.
And as always, here’s to your BEST health!
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