Living longer with vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants on the planet, and plays a key role in preventing the oxidative changes that can lead to heart and circulatory problems. 

This 11-year follow-up study covered 13,421 participants who answered a food questionnaire every two years.

Doctors measured vitamin C in the diet, as well as other nutrients and lifestyle factors. Overall, those who got the most vitamin C from all sources were 70 percent less likely to develop a heart or circulatory condition such as cardiovascular disease, heart attack, or stroke, compared to those who got the least vitamin C.

Those who got the most vitamin C were also more likely to get more dietary fiber, follow a Mediterranean-style diet pattern, and take vitamin C supplements.

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