Low Vitamin C Levels May Increase Risk of Stroke
Previous studies have shown that vitamin C deficiency can lead to a weakened immune system, anemia gingivitis and swollen joints. According to a recent study, vitamin C deficiency may also be associated with a higher risk of stroke.
Participants in the study included 65 people who had suffered from an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke and 65 who were healthy. The researchers compared vitamin C blood levels and found that 59% of the participants who had suffered from stroke had below normal levels of vitamin C. In comparison, the participants who had not suffered a stroke had, on average, normal levels of vitamin C.
Specifically, 41% of the participants who had suffered from stroke had normal levels of vitamin C, 45% had depleted levels, and 14% were considered deficient.
Researchers from Pontchaillou University Hospital in France conducted the study. It will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting, which will take place from April 26 to May 3, 2014 in Philadelphia.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that has been linked to numerous other health benefits including heart health, brain health, eye health and improved mood. It can be found in high levels in citrus fruits and dark leafy greens such as cantaloupe, oranges, kiwis, and papaya, and in dark leafy greens such as broccoli and kale.