Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center

Font Size

Take C or Not Take C, That Is the Question

continued...

Sound nutrition has long been the advice of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and other health organizations, particularly those that promote a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

The ADA says research on the relationship between diet and disease has indicated the importance of a variety of nutrients. The best nutritional strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to obtain adequate nutrients from a wide variety of foods, according to the ADA. Vitamin and mineral supplementation is appropriate when scientific evidence shows safety and effectiveness, but good nutrition depends on a good diet, the ADA says.

Vital Information:

 

  • Different studies have shown that vitamin C supplements lower blood pressure but can also cause hardening of the arteries.
  • In these studies, people took 500 mg of vitamin C supplements per day, which is much greater than the recommended daily amount.
  • Researchers do not know how vitamin C causes these effects, but they advise people to continue to get vitamin C from their diet, which is much healthier than taking a supplement.
1|2

Today on WebMD

blood pressure
Symptoms, causes, and more.
headache
Learn the causes.
 
Compressed heart
5 habits to change.
Mature man floating in pool, goggles on head
Exercises that help.
 
heart healthy living
ARTICLE
Erectile Dysfunction Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
 
Bernstein Hypertension Affects Cardiac Risk
VIDEO
Compressed heart
Article
 
Heart Disease Overview Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
thumbnail for lowering choloesterol slideshow
SLIDESHOW
 
Heart Foods Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
Low Blood Pressure
VIDEO
 

WebMD Special Sections