Vitamin C is Essential for Strong, Healthy Blood
So how does vitamin C protect you from heart disease and stroke? Vitamin C
increases the production of collagen, elastin and other "reinforcement
molecules" which support your blood vessels in the same way that iron rods
support tall buildings. More collagen means more stability for your
60,000-mile-long system of arteries, veins and capillaries.
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When you lack vitamin C, cracks and lesions form in the walls of your blood
vessels. When blood vessels break down, arterial plaques fortify the weakness
and "repair" the damage.
But when these arterial plaques become too thick, they block the flow of
blood. And a lack of blood to the heart triggers a heart attack - and a lack of
blood to the brain causes a stroke.
Vitamin C is essential for the prevention of dangerous plaque buildup. Dr.
Matthias Rath divided the guinea pigs (one of the few animals that can't make
vitamin C into two groups. One group received the human equivalent of 60-mg of
vitamin C a day (this is the recommended daily allowance or RDA). The other
group got 5,000-mg of vitamin C per day. Otherwise, their diets were identical.
In just 5 weeks, the guinea pigs who received 60mg of vitamin C per day
developed significant plaque deposits - especially in areas around the heart.
The arteries of those who received 5,000mg of vitamin C per day were strong and
clear without plaque.
How Much Vitamin C Do You Really Need?
The above study shows that the daily intake of 60mg recommended by mainstream
medicine is clearly not enough. Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist
who pioneered the theory of vitamin C and heart disease took 18,000mg a day.
Based on my own experience, I recommend 3,000-mg per day if you're currently
in good health. This will give you enough to produce the collagen required for
strong blood vessels and heart disease prevention.
Pregnant women should get at least 6,000-mg per day - and in times of stress
or sickness, you can take up to 20,000-mg. A powdered form may be more
convenient for larger doses.
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2. Rath M. Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks... But People Do! 2003. MR
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