Do you have chronic high blood pressure? Have you tried everything you can think of to lower your blood pressure, to no avail? If so, it’s time to take action to protect your body from the high blood pressure. And it’s a lot easier than you might think.
Researchers from the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil wanted to find a way to protect DNA from high blood pressure. Science proved years ago that hypertension can induce genotoxity in your vascular cells. That means it can reduce the integrity of your cells, compromising their effectiveness.
These researchers raised the blood pressure of 32 Wistar rats. They used a silver clip to partially obstruct their left renal artery, which increased their blood pressure. Then they gave the rats 150 mg/kg of vitamin C for seven days.
The researchers found that vitamin C protects against renovascular hypertension-induced genotoxicity. The vitamin C protected the cells of the brain, liver, and heart after they had suffered hypertension-induced DNA damage. The researchers also found that the vitamin C lowered their blood pressure as well.
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The study shows the importance of taking vitamin C while you search for the cause of your high blood pressure. The vitamin can protect your cells from damage. And it may even help lower your blood pressure.
The best source of vitamin C is from your food, particularly fruits and vegetables. But taking 1,000-1,200 mg of vitamin C by supplement, in addition to your food, will go a long way toward protecting your cells from the damage hypertension can cause.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Human & Experimental Toxicology, January 6, 2010.