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Is Vitamin C as Good as Exercise for Your Heart?

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  • A daily dose of vitamin C may have a similar effect as walking on a protein called endothelin-1, which promotes the constriction of small blood vessels
  • Overweight or obese adults who took vitamin C daily reduced endothelin-1-mediated vessel constriction as much as those who walked daily
  • When endothelin-1 activity is higher it makes small blood vessels more prone to constricting, which increases the risk of heart disease
  • Vitamin C supplementation represents an effective lifestyle strategy to reduce blood vessel constriction in overweight and obese adults, particularly since many people do not engage in recommended levels of daily physical activity

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means your body doesn't store it. Unlike most other mammals, humans do not have the ability to make vitamin C, which means you need to consume it via your diet.

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