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Vitamin C Benefits: Heart Health & Cancer

Vitamin C Benefits: Heart Health & Cancer

Do you know the individual behind the revolution of vitamin C use in the medical Industry? He also happens to be the only person to have been awarded two undivided Nobel Prizes – the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize. None other than legendary biochemist, Linus Pauling. Pauling’s first book on the subject, Vitamin C and the Common Cold, was published in 1971. Though it stirred up some controversy, Pauling’s book persuaded many people to increase their intake of vitamin C. Two years later, he founded the Institute of Orthomolecular Medicine in Palo Alto, California, to further his research. Though his ideas remain somewhat controversial to this day, vitamin C continues to increase in popularity and gain integrity as an important factor for achieving optimal health through nutrition.

In 1991, Linus Carl Pauling turned the world of heart health upside-down by discovering a non-prescription approach to reversing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and preventing heart disease. The “mega-nutrient” therapy focuses on supporting cardiovascular health by improving blood vessel function and reducing cholesterol buildup rather than just lowering cholesterol. Pauling discovered that a combination of vitamin C and the amino acids L-lysine and L-proline have the synergistic ability to prevent cholesterol deposits from blocking blood vessels. Vitamin C works to maintain healthy collagen production, the molecule responsible for elasticity in the arteries. The amino acids L-lysine and L-proline, on the other hand, ensure that the body uses cholesterol appropriately for optimum cardiovascular function.

In addition to its essential role in collagen production, vitamin C may be an effective anti-cancer agent (pro-oxidant effects) and may be effective in cancer prevention (antioxidant effects).  Studies have shown that this special combination of Vitamin C, L-lysine and L-proline noted above, when combined with green tea extract rich in EGCG, may have anticancer activity against a number of cancer cell lines. The results of a study on the progression of breast cancer also suggested that this nutrient mixture may have therapeutic potential in the treatment of breast cancer.

And the list goes on for the wonderful benefits of Vitamin C!

How do you get your daily dose of Vitamin C?