Sickness Prevention

Vitamin C may help alleviate high blood pressure

Vitamin C has been well known for its wide range of sickness prevention benefits, and still remains a top choice for many immune system-boosting therapies. Now, a recent study by Johns Hopkins University scientists suggests that large doses of vitamin C may also play a role in maintaining healthy blood pressure.

Edgar Miller, M.D., Ph.D., and his colleagues, found in their research that taking an average of 500 milligrams of vitamin C daily, which is equivalent to roughly six cups of orange juice, reduced blood pressure by 3.8 millimeters of mercury. Though it may not seem that drastic, Miller said it may have a significant impact on public health.

"Although our review found only a moderate impact on blood pressure, if the entire U.S. population lowered blood pressure by 3 milliliters of mercury, there would be a lot fewer strokes," Miller says.

The American Heart Association suggests incorporating regular physical activity to help maintain a healthy weight and normal blood pressure. Additionally, limiting sodium and enjoying a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables may also benefit from the sickness prevention qualities of a vitamin c supplement. 

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