Vitamin C Helps Prevent Strokes
New York Times Syndicate
By Carolyn Poirot
October 30, 2000
Vitamin C in the blood helps prevent strokes, according to a
study out of the Medical Research Institute of Tokyo Medical and
Dental University in Japan.
The long-term, 20-year study of more than 2,000 people found
that stroke risk is inversely related to the amount of vitamin C in
Study participants were divided into four groups according to
the levels of vitamin C in their blood. Researchers found that
stroke risk was 70 percent higher among those in the lowest quarter
than among those in the highest.
When researchers examined strokes based on the number of days
per week the participants ate fruits and vegetables, they found a
Patients all received their vitamin C from fruits and
The vitamin C reduced the risk for cerebral infarctions, in
which blood flow to the brain is blocked, and hemorrhagic strokes,
which occur when an artery in the brain bursts.
Higher concentrations of vitamin C provided benefits even in
patients with other risk factors such as high blood pressure,
heavier alcohol consumption, smoking or lower physical activity.
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