Vitamin C is one of the most common supplements available today and is well known for its beneficial effects in strengthening the immune system. However, brand new research has shown that Vitamin C plays an important role in cardiovascular health too.
The clinical study looked into the effect that Vitamin C had on the endothelium cells that line all blood vessels and arteries. These cells are important because they release the endothelium-derived relaxation factor, Nitric Oxide (NO) which causes blood vessels to dilate. Dilation of vessels is an important function that is required to increase blood flow to specific organs and tissue and also to lower blood pressure.
If the endothelial cells become damages or unable to release sufficient NO, its function is impaired and can increase the risk of chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) and cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. The results of the study carried out by NewcastleUniversity found that supplementation of vitamin C helped to improve the function of endothelial cells. This means that in people who are at high risk of cardiovascular diseases, Vitamin C supplements are an affordable and effective way to protect you heart.
Vitamin Planet’s Head of Nutrition Patrick Waltham has commented, “The study that reveal that Vitamin C supplements can play a hugely significant role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease is exciting news because it presents a relatively cheap and effective way to promote heart health.” Vitamin Planet’s Vitamin C 500mg with Rosehip 20mg is a high strength natural source of Vitamin C that is available to purchase on our website Vitamin Planet’s.