The untimely death of St. Louis Cardinal baseball pitcher Darrell Kile sadly brings home the fact that we all need to be a bit more vigilant regarding the health of our hearts.

Below is another study from a cardiology journal showing how important Vitamin C is with regard to the health of our arteries.

My recommendation is 1000 mg of Vitamin C 3 times daily after meals.

W. Greene, D.C.


Vitamin C Beneficial In Heart Disease

A DG Review of :”Vitamin C Preserves Endothelial Function in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease after a High-Fat Meal”

Clinical Cardiology
By Robert Short

Vitamin C treatment has a possible role in benefiting patients with coronary heart disease by countering the adverse effects of a high-fat meal.

The postprandial serum triglyceride concentration is raised after a high-fat meal and this postprandial state is critical in atherogenesis, inducing endothelial dysfunction through an oxidative stress mechanism.

These were the findings of a study that included 74 patients with coronary heart disease and 50 people without the disease but who had risk factors. These two groups were split into subgroups: those who received 2 g of vitamin C and those who did not after eating high-fat meal.

The study was conducted by Dr Ling Liu, Department of Cardiology, Hunan University, Hunan, People’s Republic of China, and co-workers.

They found that postprandial serTYPEriglyceride concentration increased significantly at two to five hours after the high-fat meal in all groups. The fasting flow-mediatedILS atation and nitroglycerin-induced dilatation of patients with coronary heart disease were impaired compared with those without disease.

Although the postprandial flow-mediated dilatation was significantly aggravated in people not taking vitamin C (both with and without heart disease), this parameter in patients and subjects taking vitamin C showed no significant change.

Clin Cardiol 2002;25:219-224. “Vitamin C Preserves Endothelial Function in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease after a High-Fat Meal”