Remember what your mother used to say about Vitamin C being a health booster? Results of a newly released study seem to support your mom.
Researchers from France’s Pontchaillou University Hospital released a study that showed a link between Vitamin C intake and a decreased likelihood of stroke. Lead study author Dr. Stephane Vannier said in a news article, “Our results show that Vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke, as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol and being overweight in our study.”
While not yet published in a public journal, the study is set to be discussed in full detail at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Philadelphia by April of this year.
The research involved a comparison of Vitamin C levels in two groups — stroke patients and healthy individuals. Results showed that while more than half of the total respondent population registered low Vitamin C levels, most of these individuals came from the group of stroke patients.
The study, however, does not confirm a direct causality between Vitamin C deficiency and a higher risk of stroke. The research team recommends more studies to delve into further details, especially on how the vitamin could lower the risk of developing stroke. Dr. Vannier infers that Vitamin C could have played a key role in regulating a person’s blood pressure, thereby reducing the likelihood of having a stroke.
Stroke remains one of the leading causes of fatality in the U.S., according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).