About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.

Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.

Dr. Hotze is very passionate about heart health because heart disease is known as a silent killer. Unfortunately, it sneaks up on hundreds of thousands of men and women each year. As you know, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent getting heart disease such as eating healthy and exercising. Today we want to focus on a very important nutrient for heart health. 

Conventional doctors will most likely advise you to take cholesterol lowering drugs and blood pressure medication to help prevent heart disease.  But there is one very important nutrient that is critical for protecting your heart and arteries that they will fail to mention: Vitamin C.

It sounds too easy, right? Well it is.  Just because you don’t need a prescription for it doesn’t mean it isn’t absolutely essential for your health. Let’s start by talking about what coronary artery disease is.

What is Coronary Artery Disease? 

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the result of plaque buildup in the arteries, called atherosclerosis, which causes narrowing of the arteries. This blocks blood flow to the heart and increases the risk for heart attack.

Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

  • chest pain (most common symptom)
  • shortness of breath
  • palpitations
  • fast heartbeat
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • sweating

The Importance of Vitamin C for Your Heart

We all know that vitamin C comes in handy when trying to fight off a cold or allergies because it helps boost your immune system.  But did you know that it plays a crucial role in protecting the arteries of your heart?

How a Vitamin C Deficiency Leads to Heart Disease

Did you know that atherosclerosis, clogging or plaque build up of the arteries, can be considered an early form of scurvy? Scurvy is a disease caused by a vitamin C deficiency. It causes bleeding gums and skin, weakness, and anemia. Since scurvy causes a breakdown of the body’s connective tissues, it also causes a breakdown of the blood vessel walls. 

Research shows that the main cause of heart attack, as well as strokes (1), is a scurvy-like condition of the artery wall. Research demonstrates that a vitamin C deficiency has a profound effect on the development of vascular diseases and causes aortic wall damage. (2)

The primary mechanism for healing the artery is collagen. It’s the protein made by the body, made by the cells, which is the glue which holds all the cells together.

Vitamin C helps our body produce collagen. When the arteries do not have enough vitamin C to make collagen to keep the artery walls strong, the body deposits the next substance it has available to band-aid the lesions in the artery walls - plaque. This is not what you want to happen, because when the plaque builds up, it will block your artery and blood won’t be able to flow through it, causing a heart attack. You want to give your body the right tools it needs to repair and keep your arteries healthy.

Vitamin C

Since we don’t produce vitamin C in our bodies, we have to get it through food and supplements. Dr. Hotze recommends that you take at least 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per 25 pounds of body weight each day.

Foods High in Vitamin C

Here is a list of some common foods you can add to your daily eating plan that contain vitamin C:
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Cherries
  • Bell peppers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Melons
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi
  • Bananas
  • Peas

Other Critical Supplements for Heart Health

L-Lysine and L-Proline are two amino acids that help your body make collagen and help remove calcium from the walls of the arteries. 

Vitamin K2 is also important for helping remove calcium from the arteries and helping put calcium in the proper places in your bones where it belongs.

Magnesium regulates the heart and helps lower your blood pressure.

Ubiquinol promotes heart health and may help lower blood pressure.

Fish Oil supports cardiovascular health.

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Research

1. Plasma Vitamin C Modifies the Association Between Hypertension and Risk of Stroke

2. Aortic Wall Damage in Mice Unable to Synthesize Ascorbic Acid

Source:

CDC

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