25 May Lower blood pressure with vitamin C
An orange a day keeps high blood pressure away! Research has suggested that maintaining a high intake of vitamin C can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke by reducing blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide closely followed by stroke as the second – scary stuff. Therefore, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to keep blood pressure under control.
Vitamin C has been in the spotlight as a way to naturally reduce blood pressure. Studies have suggested that vitamin C works as a diuretic encouraging the kidneys to remove excess salts and water from the body. As a result, the walls of blood vessels dilate or relax and lower blood pressure. Before you rush out and load up on vitamin C supplements, scientists advise that more research is needed to determine whether there are any implications associated with vitamin C as an ongoing treatment. Regardless, there’s no reason why you can’t load up on vitamin C rich fruit and vegetables to help your body benefit in more ways than one!
Plus, there’s plenty of other benefits to consider:
- Acts as an antioxidant
- Promotes brain health
- Aids iron absorption
- Builds collagen