C is For Circulation
DiabetesHealth.com says taking a daily supplement of vitamin C can be beneficial for healthy blood circulation – especially in patients that have type 2 diabetes, adds the source. “As a result, vitamin C may prove to be a potent combatant against diabetes-induced vascular disease,” it notes.
These diabetes-related vascular diseases can lead to complications such as retinopathy (which can lead to vision impairment and blindness), nephropathy (kidney problems), and atherosclerosis (causing excessive plaque build-up in the arteries).
Take the Vitamin to Heart
Many sources link vitamin C intake with lowered risk of heart disease, but NaturalHealth365.com has some solid numbers to back up the claim – it cites a study published in Journal of the American College of Nutrition that says men who are in “the highest third of vitamin C intake” have a whopping 66-percent less chance of developing coronary heart disease.
The exact reason for this heart benefit is unknown, but the source says scientists believe it may be linked to C’s ability to prevent endothelial dysfunction, which is the stiffening of arterial walls that can reduce blood flow – especially in patients that smoke, it adds.
Warding Off Alzheimer’s?
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation points out that vitamin C may be good for more than fighting colds and helping your heart – it may help lower the risk of dementia, which is deadly in the case of Alzheimer’s disease.
The source says “meta-analyses of observational research” shows diets rich in vitamins C and E are linked to up to a 25-percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s. However, the age and health status of subjects in each study varied, so the jury might still be out on just how much these two vitamins protect against dementia, if at all, it explains.