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Take C or Not Take C, That Is the Question

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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.

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  • 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.
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