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Do you know Vitamin C supplement increases risk of Heart Diseases?

Vitamin C is a critical nutrient for our body. This was especially crucial in the 16th to 18th centuries. During this period, sailors who went on long voyages tended to get scurvy. Scurvy comes about due to insufficient antioxidants in a person's diet. To add on, the problem was so serious that many of the sailors perished from it.

Scurvy is usually characterized by a loss in appetite, diarrhea, rapid breathing, fever, irritability, tenderness and discomfort in legs, bleeding (hemorrhaging), and feelings of paralysis. In fact, modern cases of scurvy is extremely rare. Fortunately, most people have easy access to vitamin C today.

effervescent vitamin C
vitamin C drink

Looking at this effervescent drink brings about a very nostalgic feel for me. When I was young, my dad would make a cup, and I would always be fascinated by the bubbles moving in the cup. Then, I used to think that it is good for me. Little did I know...

Vitamin C supplement increases the risk of Heart Diseases, but not from fruits and vegetables!

A team of researchers from different universities published this study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“When dietary and supplemental vitamin C were analyzed separately, only supplemental vitamin C showed a positive association with mortality endpoints.

“A high vitamin C intake from supplements is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality in postmenopausal women with diabetes.

The conclusions emphasize how important the source of our nutrients is. Even as we need vitamin C in our daily diet, we always have a choice where we get it from. Which would you choose from the picture below?

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When we obtain our nutrients from wholesome plant foods, these are the safest for us. We also elaborate more on the difference between wholesome and synthetic/natural extracts here.

The basket of vegetables on the right can be yours in just under $2. You will find all these 28 vegetables in Vegecolour. Also, you can find out more about it here.

References:

  1. Does supplemental vitamin C increase cardiovascular disease risk in women with diabetes? from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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