Why you need vi­ta­min C and lysine for heart health and more…

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

W. Gif­ford-Jones, MD | Vi­ta­min C is the sin­gle most im­por­tant wa­ter sol­u­ble an­tiox­i­dant in the hu­man body. Aside from sup­port­ing im­mune health, Vi­ta­min C is needed to man­u­fac­ture col­la­gen, the ma­jor com­po­nent of the body’s con­nec­tive tis­sue, in­clud­ing car­ti­lage, ten­dons, lig­a­ments, bones and blood ves­sels. As we age, the body’s pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen slows down, which can re­sult in ag­ing skin, os­teoarthri­tis, os­teo­poro­sis and many other con­di­tions in­clud­ing de­clin­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar health.

High doses of vi­ta­min C and lysine sup­port healthy ar­ter­ies and over­all car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. Vi­ta­min C is re­quired to man­u­fac­ture healthy col­la­gen, the glue that holds coro­nary cells to­gether, just like mor­tar is needed for bricks. Lysine, like steel rods in ce­ment, makes col­la­gen stronger. To­gether they pro­vide health­ier ar­ter­ies and re­duce risk of heart at­tack and ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis.

With­out suf­fi­cient vi­ta­min C to pro­duce col­la­gen, and in turn, healthy car­ti­lage, bone even­tu­ally grinds on bone. There would be fewer joint re­place­ments if more vi­ta­min C were avail­able to pro­duce healthy col­la­gen. Rheuma­toid arthri­tis also re­quires large doses of vi­ta­min C which helps re­duce in­flam­ma­tory re­ac­tions in joints.

This also goes for teeth — teeth fall out when gums lack­ing col­la­gen lose their grip. Pa­tients are sur­prised when I tell them that vi­ta­min C will help them keep their teeth.

The es­sen­tial amino acid lysine is best known for its use with her­pes sim­plex in­fec­tions but also has favourable ef­fects on blood pres­sure and stroke preven­tion as well as a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on mood and anx­i­ety.

This is why I’ve been tak­ing high doses of vi­ta­min C and lysine for 17 years fol­low­ing my heart at­tack – I am turn­ing 92 soon and I’m glad I did! I be­lieve it saved my life. Look for at your lo­cal Health Food Re­tailer or Spe­cialty Phar­macy.

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