Low vitamin C levels elevates heart failure risk

Patients with low count of vitamin C are 2.4 times more likely to have higher levels of hsCRP, a protein that risks inflammation and heart disease, says a new research.

A study by a team of researchers from University of Ulsan in South Korea said participants with low vitamin C intake and hsCRP over three mg per litre were nearly twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease within one year of follow-up.

The South Korean study is the first to demonstrate that low vitamin C intake is linked with the worse outcomes for heart patients.

`We found that adequate intake of vitamin C was associated with longer survival in patients with heart failure,` said Eun Kyeung Song, assistant professor in nursing, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, who also led the study.

Among the average age of 61 from the 212 patients, about one-third of participants were women and approximately 45 percent of the participants had moderate to severe heart failure, according to an Ulsan statement.

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