Did you know that your blood pressure is linked to the amount of vitamin C you consume? A study published in the Nutrition Journal found that young women who take in the most vitamin C have the healthiest blood pressure stats.
The study followed 242 women between 18 and 21years old for a ten year period. At the conclusion of the study, researchers found that the blood pressure of women with the highest levels of vitamin C was an average of four points lower than women with the least amount of vitamin C.
Study co-author Gladys Block, PH.D., said that the vitamin C reduces inflammation in the body by decreasing the amount of C-reactive protein in the blood. The authors concluded that “vitamin C may be an important factor in BP regulation even among healthy young adults, and that further study is warranted.”
Remember that you can get vitamin C from a variety of fruits and vegetables. You’re not limited to oranges and citrus fruits…though they are wonderful! Some other excellent vitamin C sources are bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, kiwi, kale, cantaloupes, and papaya.