(NaturalHealth365) A groundbreaking study from the Dr. Rath Research Institute of California has found that heart disease is an indicator of vitamin C deficiency and a precursor to malnutrition issues like scurvy.
While heart disease has been mainly linked with cholesterol issues, it is now becoming clear that the more important consideration for heart health is your intake and blood levels of vitamin C.
Vitamin C deficiency linked with scurvy and heart disease
Dr. Rath has found that the cause of coronary heart disease is the same as scurvy: a vitamin C deficiency in the cells of heart artery walls. Heart disease results when the body is not producing enough vitamin C. While most human diets can prevent the onset of scurvy, this isn’t a guarantee for artery health and heart health.
When a vitamin C deficiency is present, artery wall stability is compromised. Tiny lesions and cracks can develop in the walls. Lipoproteins, cholesterol, and risk factors to the blood can then enter through these damages in an attempt to repair the artery walls.
Heart artery wall integrity is compromised when vitamin C is low
The most noteworthy effect of this process is related to the Lipoprotein(a) molecule. It functions as a repair system whenever vascular walls are impaired by vitamin C deficiency. When a deficiency in vitamin C becomes chronic, this repair process can begin to take place continuously in the body. Atherosclerotic deposits are eventually created, paving the way for strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues.
The latest research from the Dr. Rath Research Institute used transgenic mice due to their ability to mimic human metabolism in two key ways: they do not produce their own vitamin C internally, and they produce Lipoprotein(a) as a way of compensating for this.
When the mice were fed a diet containing insufficient amounts of vitamin C, their bodies naturally made Lipoprotein(a) to repair the vascular walls. As a result, they developed atherosclerosis and heart issues.
Adequate vitamin C supports cardiovascular health and overall health
Researchers found that the level and degree of heart disease was directly related to the subjects’ intake and blood levels of vitamin C. The mice that ingested the highest amounts of vitamin C had the least amount of Lipoprotein(a) produced to repair their arteries. As a result, they had the most minimal atherosclerotic lesions and the strongest hearts.
The researchers have come to the conclusion that vitamin C could be the key to avoiding heart disease and cardiovascular issues. While having healthy HDL and LDL cholesterol levels is still important, it may not be as foundational to heart health as was once believed.
Vitamin C supports a range of other health processes in the body including immune system health and the ability to fight infections. It is affordable, has few side effects, and is readily available in supplement form.
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