We have always been advocates of Vitmain C and it’s effects on Hearts. One of our Trustees Nick swears by it and is so pleased that a new study has come to light and is being presented to the American Heart Association‘s Scientific Sessions this year
A study by a team of researchers from University of Ulsan in South Korea said participants with low vitamin C intake and hsCRP over three mg per litre were nearly twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease within one year of follow-up.
The South Korean study is the first to demonstrate that low vitamin C intake is linked with the worse outcomes for heart patients. “We found that adequate intake of vitamin C was associated with longer survival in patients with heart failure,” said Eun Kyeung Song, assistant professor in nursing, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, who also led the study.
Among the average age of 61 from the 212 patients, about one-third of participants were women and approximately 45 per cent of the participants had moderate to severe heart failure, according to an Ulsan statement. The study completed a four-day food diary verified by a registered dietician and a software programme that calculated their vitamin C intake and blood tests that measured the hsCRP. Researchers divided the participants into two groups, one group with levels over three mg per litre of hsCRP and another with lower levels.
Then the patients were followed for one year to determine the length of time from their first visit to the emergency department due to cardiac problems or death. The researchers also found that 82 patients (39 per cent) had inadequate vitamin C intake, according to a criteria set by the Institute of Medicine that allowed the researchers to estimate the likelihood of the patient’s diet to be habitually deficient in vitamin C based on a four-day food diary. After a year, 61 patients (29 per cent) had cardiac events, which included an emergency department visit or hospitalisation due to cardiac problems, or cardiac death.
The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions this year.
Complimentary Supplements and Heart Health
I would never suggest you don’t use your prescribed drugs from your Doctors and Nurses but I am getting very interested in all these complimentary supplements.
Before I had Heart Failure which was caused by a viral attack I was a great exponent of the following supplements –
High Potency Vitamin C
High Potency Vitamin D
Very good quality Fish Oil – High EPA and DHA levels – more expensive than the average but better for you
Plant Stereol supplement
These were taken every morning without fail. Now you may say well you got heart failure so they can’t be that good – well you are wrong. The results of my MRI cardiac scan indicated no signs of heart disease, furred arteries or scaring of the heart. I was just unlucky that a virus, it has been suggested herpes simplex (cold sore) or an influenza style virus attacked my heart.
So as well as my beta blockers, ACE inhibitor, spironolactone, diuretic, digoxin and warfarin I have now started back on the complimentary supplement route.
I now take –
Vitamin C 2000mg per day (1000mg in the morning and 1000mg at approx 6pm)
Vitamin D high potency (1 capsule in the morning)
Fish oil capsule once in the morning (EPA/DHA level is 950mg out of total 1360mg)
I have just bought some 6 hour bovine colostrum which from what I can gather may promote increased density of stem cell production and more, this is a very interesting product. I am just awaiting delivery from the USA.
I am looking to get myself associated with Q10 again, however Q10 is a pro-agulant and this will effect my INR warfarin level. I have researched Q10 for a while now and I came across a site that the kills two birds with one stone. Very good quality fish oil with added Ubiquibnol from Kaneka in Japan. Highly absorbent Q10 with highly refined fish oil as well.
In fact the whole site is excellent and seems to be a quality business. I will buy some and post the results.