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This Beauty Secret Boosts Heart Health, Too

Simple Secret to an Anti-Aging Health Boost

Several months ago, I wrote to you about a nutrient’s anti-aging effects on your skin. For example, researchers in one study discovered this nutrient promotes faster skin regeneration.

That’s because it’s a key “ingredient” in the formation of collagen – a protein used to build skin, bone, blood vessels and connective tissue.

You also need plenty of this nutrient for other vital functions. It’s a potent antioxidant. But it’s also involved in the production of hormones and some neurotransmitters – chemicals your body uses to signal back and forth to your brain.

Your cells need carnitine to turn fat into energy. And you can’t make carnitine without this nutrient. It may also be involved in the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, a process that supports healthy cholesterol levels.

This nutrient is special for another reason. Your body can’t make it. You have to get all you need from your diet. And, as you can see, not getting enough of it could interfere with a lot of important functions.

Getting plenty of this nutrient has other health benefits. Benefits that can make your life a lot easier.

The nutrient is vitamin C. And it may just be the most underrated vitamin on the planet.

For example, if spring or fall pollen bothers you, vitamin C may help. According to researchers at Northwestern Health Sciences University, it’s one of the best natural alternatives for pollen sufferers.1

If you have trouble controlling your blood sugar, getting vitamin C is critical. You see, you may also have high levels of unhealthy levels of oxidized fats in your blood. The two problems go hand in hand.

And it’s these oxidized fats – like cholesterol – that build-up on your artery walls, leading to dangerous blockages.

A new Middle Eastern study found that taking 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day might help. Volunteers who took vitamin C for 6 months lowered the levels of oxidized fats in their blood. Volunteers who took a dummy pill showed no change.2

Vitamin C may boost heart-health in other ways, too.

For example, another new study suggests vitamin C may support healthy blood pressure.

When British researchers looked at the health records of nearly 21,000 men and women, they found a clear link. People with the highest vitamin C intake had a 22% lower risk of high blood pressure.3

Another study reviewed vitamin C intake and overall heart risk. After checking health records for 20, 299 adults, the link seemed clear. People with the highest vitamin C intakes had a 30% lower risk of a serious heart-health issue.4

Vitamin C may be good for your brain, too. A team from Cambridge University found a possible link between vitamin C and your brain’s blood supply.

In this study, higher vitamin C levels were linked to a lower risk of interruptions to the brain’s blood supply. The risk level dropped by as much as 42%.5

In the small trials I mentioned here, volunteers took 500 – 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily. That’s far above the 90 mg (75 mg for women) the government recommends. But it’s well within safe levels.

Your body doesn’t store vitamin C because it’s water-soluble. You flush out any excess within hours. Shooting for a daily total of 1,500 – 2,000 mg isn’t unreasonable.

Of course, food is your best source of vitamin C. You’ll find a fair amount in sweet red peppers and strawberries. But you’d have to eat more than 5 cups of peppers to get 1,000 mg. So taking a vitamin C supplement may be your best “insurance.”

Yours in continued good health,

Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

1 Thornhill, S.M. and Kelly, A.M., “Natural treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis,” Altern Med Rev. Oct 2000; 5(5): 448-454.
2 Mazloom, Z., et al , “Effect of vitamin C supplementation on postprandial oxidative stress and lipid profile in type 2 diabetic patients,” Pak J Biol Sci. Oct 1, 2011; 14(19): 900-904.
3 Myint, P.K., et al, “Association between plasma vitamin C concentrations and blood pressure in the European prospective investigation into cancer-Norfolk population-based study,” Hypertension. Sep 2011; 58(3): 372-379.
4 Pfister, R., et al, “Plasma vitamin C predicts incident heart failure in men and women in European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Norfolk prospective study,” Am Heart J. Aug 2011; 162(2): 246-253.
5 Myint, P.K., et al, “Plasma vitamin C concentrations predict risk of incident stroke over 10 y in 20 649 participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer Norfolk prospective population study,” Am J Clin Nutr. Jan 2008; 87(1): 64-69.

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