Vitamin C has tremendous benefits for human health, even if supplements have often been debated. It has been known to prevent colds, infections, bronchitis, tuberculosis, but also has appositive role in preventing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or depression.
Research studies have often linked the consumption of Vitamin C with lower chances of suffering from a heart attack . It is known that obese people are more likely to have heart diseases, this is why they are always recommended to do exercise whenever possible.
However, these people are usually very reluctant or find it hard to do any physical activity, so they face great health risks. Fortunately for them, a team of experts from the University of Colorado, Boulder, came up with a great solution to help them out.
They proved that the benefits of Vitamin C are very similar to the effects of physical activity with obese or overweight people. Thus, taking supplements of Vitamin C can significantly improve and protect your heart health, preventing you from suffering an ischemic attack.
The study, which was presented at the International Conference on Endothelin in Savannah, monitored 35 overweight adults, who were split into two categories. The first one consisted of those who were given a daily dose of 500 mg of Vitamin C and the second group were asked to do physical exercises.
The participants’ level of Endothelin (ET-1), a protein responsible for constricting the small blood vessels, was tested before and after the trial. It is known that obese and overweight people usually have higher levels of ET-1, which means that they are more likely to suffer from a heart attack.
However, after the experiment, both categories were tested again and the results were compared. It was proved that those who had taken vitamin C supplements had their vessel constriction reduced as much as the people who did exercise.
Obviously, exercise has tremendous benefits on the human body and it can do a lot to help the obese individual who should reduce his or her body weight. In spite of that, there are people who simply cannot move, so Vitamin C is a wonderful solution that is perfectly at hand.
The lead study author, Caitlin Dow, who is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Colorado believes that this study will make a great difference in many people’s lives, even if further research is needed, given the small sample size that her team engaged in the experiment.
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