Is Your Heart Irritated?
Bodywide inflammation is a red flag. Down the road, it can mean problems like heart attacks or atherosclerosis. So soothe your heart and arteries with this: vitamin C.
Yep, vitamin C has yet another health benefit. It may help bring down levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) -- a marker of bodywide inflammation and irritation.
Research suggests that heart disease is somehow tied in with the body's inflammatory processes. And if CRP goes way up, it could be a sign that these inflammatory processes are poised to give your ticker trouble. Enter vitamin C. When people with abnormally high levels of CRP took 1000 milligrams of C daily, after 2 months they had 25 percent less CRP than the folks on a placebo. Get the lowdown on how much C you need -- and the delicious foods that provide it!
Keep the Flames at Bay
In addition to getting adequate amounts of vitamin C in your diet, keep in mind these other inflammation-cooling, heart-saving lifestyle tips:
- Drop a few pounds. If you need to. RealAge has three different weight loss programs that can help you lose a smidge or a bunch.
- Move a little. Just enough. You don't have to be a triathlete to protect your heart with exercise.
- Eat beans. And other heart-healthy, inflammation-fighting foods. Here's why beans are such a great addition to your diet.
Keeping your high-sensitivity C-reactive protein level in the normal range can make your RealAge 4 years younger.
Vitamin C treatment reduces elevated C-reactive protein. Block, G. et al., Free Radical Biology & Medicine 2009 Jan 1;46(1):70-77.