By Arturo Galindo, Cert. Nutritional Therapist
Scientific studies of vitamin C and heart disease exist since the 1930s. They prove how vitamin C helps your body maintain a healthy cardiovascular system... the natural way.
I and my wife use vitamin C to control our blood pressure, take fewer drugs... and protect our bodies from drug's harmful side effects.
In this article, I will explain how we do this.
This is important because drugs are being recalled since they contain harmful ingredients.
For example, Losartan is a popular drug used for high blood pressure... and it was recently recalled since it may cause cancer.
But how exactly does vitamin C help you prevent and control heart disease? How can you use vitamin C to help your body maintain a strong cardiovascular system... and take fewer drugs?
Here I answer all these questions.
Before we continue, let’s talk about your cardiovascular system.
Your body is a complicated plumbing system of interconnected flexible pipes (arteries)... and a dual pumping machine (heart).
The largest flexible pipes carry the blood, under pressure, away from the pump.
These pipes divide into smaller pipes (vessels)... and carry the blood into the tissues and capillaries.
The tissues collect the blood in other flexible pipes (venules and veins) ... and sends the blood back to the pump for another push into the arteries.
Like any plumbing system, your cardiovascular system is subject to wear and tear.
If you’re healthy, your body is constantly repairing the pipes to withstand this continued wear and tear.
And here’s something important:
The main structural element in this complex plumbing system is collagen. Collagen makes the pipes strong, elastic and rugged.
Heart disease starts when your body is not strong enough to self-repair... the continued wear and tear of your plumbing system.
The pipes that carry the blood have damage and leak.
This may be due to any of the following:
I’ll explain more about each of these readings below.
For now, I’ll say that many scientific studies show the relation between vitamin C and heart disease. This includes cholesterol, triglycerides, and HDL.
So keep on reading….
As I mentioned, the main structural substance in your cardiovascular system is collagen... and vitamin C helps your body produce collagen.
So if you want to get all the benefits of vitamin C to control heart disease you need enough vitamin C in your blood.
Otherwise, if there is little vitamin C in your body, the collagen may be defective and weak... and your risk of developing heart disease will be higher.
Here’s an interesting study of vitamin C and heart disease from 1955.
Scientists looked at the fresh arteries of people who suffered sudden death... and found an almost complete deficiency of vitamin C in the arteries. They also found that older people were most deficient.
This study also suggests that it’s possible to replenish the ascorbic acid in the arteries... by using ascorbic acid therapy.
Before we go any further it’s important to understand that cholesterol is important to the body. The cells in your body need cholesterol so they can do their job.
And the great thing is that vitamin C acts as a regulator for cholesterol in the body.
This means that:
Wouldn't it be great if animal studies prove this?
Well, those studies happened many years ago. Scientists studied the relationship between vitamin C and heart disease in animals.
One study found that when these animals eat foods that raise cholesterol, the ascorbic acid levels decrease. With enough vitamin C, cholesterol levels decreased.
Another study, in particular, found that enough vitamin C in animals with atherosclerosis reduced cholesterol... and also removed plaque in the artery walls.
Do you see the significance of this?
This means that the higher your cholesterol levels, the more vitamin C you need to take to regulate it.
In other studies of vitamin C and heart disease, researchers also found the following:
Both of these are beneficial to your body... and provide protection against heart disease.
Also, vitamin C is also a diuretic that prevents abnormal retention of water.
Fatty deposits naturally occur in a few other animals that don't make vitamin C besides men.
These animals also suffer from arteriosclerosis and develop plaque formations from fatty deposits.
But... guess what? Most other animals don’t seem to have this problem.
So what’s the difference?
Right! The animals that don't suffer from arteriosclerosis and plaque formations produce ascorbic acid in their livers... in large daily amounts.
For example, rats produce ascorbic acid in the liver, while guinea pigs can’t.
Here's another study on vitamin C and heart disease in guinea pigs from 1934. Like people, guinea pigs can't make vitamin C.
The findings? Infected guinea deprived of vitamin C developed lesions of heart valves and muscles. Those with enough vitamin C did not develop heart lesions.
Do you see the pattern here?
American Biochemist Irwin Stone dedicated 40 years of his life to studying vitamin C... including the relationship between vitamin C and heart disease.
In his book “The Healing Factor” he provides a list of many scientific studies. Studies that prove how vitamin C prevents heart disease and can even reverse it.
Below is a summary of how vitamin C influences your cardiovascular system... taken from Irwin Stone’s book.
Dr. Linus Pauling is a two-times Nobel Prize winner and he studied vitamin C for over 30 years. He always believed that the primary cause of cardiovascular diseases is a deficiency of vitamin C in the blood.
He believed that enough vitamin C can prevent cardiovascular disease and death. This includes the prevention of heart attacks, strokes, and circulatory diseases.
The result of Dr. Pauling's research is a research paper on cardiovascular disease. He called this research paper the Unified Theory of Human Cardiovascular Disease.
In this research paper, Dr. Pauling explains how vitamin C makes the artery walls strong. He also mentions the use of the amino acid lysine and other heart vitamins to help the body remove plaque formations... the natural way.
Here's more information about the Linus Pauling Therapy to control heart disease. My wife and I have been using this therapy for several years now.
I take enough vitamin C and lysine to control my low blood pressure and I don’t take any drugs.
My wife takes enough vitamin C and lysine to better control her high blood pressure. As a result, she now takes fewer drugs... and protects her body from the harmful side effects of the drugs that she still takes.