The Reason Why Heart Disease is a Top Killer in the US
I’ve posted about Vitamin C and heart disease in the past, but maybe you’ve missed it.
Here’s another opportunity to talk about one of my most favorite supplements once again. I can’t stress enough how important this water-soluble vitamin is and I just wanted to take you guys to the molecular level to fully understand it’s power.
How much does everyone really know about Vitamin C? Apparently not enough. Just about every week I am in one degree of separation of someone I love who is getting a stroke, or having their river of life compromised. Therefore, I thought I would try to throw in my two cents on preventing this.
The Relationship Between Vitamin C and Heart Disease
For two decades or more, the workers in the cardiology field have said that the primary cause of cardiovascular disease and arteriosclerosis is a lesion in the wall of an artery or a vessel, which is followed by a whole cascade of efforts by the human body to control this lesion.
So here’s my question, “Why is there a lesion in the wall of the blood vessel in the first place?”
The answer is that people don’t get nearly enough Vitamin C. Almost everyone in the world suffers from a deficiency of Vitamin C. What’s the first thing your friends say when you are about to get sick? “Take some C!”
Vitamin C is a very powerful and important nutrient. It does many different things in the human body, such as potentiating the immune system and making the immune system more effective and protecting us from disease.
However, there’s one very important thing that Vitamin C does that is related especially to why I am writing this article. . .
The tissues of the human body are made strong and tough by fibrils of the protein collagen. Collagen is made in rather large amounts in the human body and bodies of other mammals. It strengthens the blood vessels, skin, muscles, bones, and the teeth. A very important substance indeed.
You can’t make collagen without using up Vitamin C. Collagen is made from another protein – procollagen by hydroxylating lysyl and prolyl residues in the procollagen converting them into hydroxylysyl and hydroxyprolyl residues.
With every hydroxyl group that is introduced, one ascorbate ion (one molecule of Vitamin C) is used up.
So, people who have a low level of Vitamin C in their bodies for whatever reason – whether they’re not taking enough through supplements or getting a sufficient amount from food – will not make enough collagen to strengthen their tissues and in particular, not enough to make their blood vessels strong.
People who don’t get any Vitamin C for two or three months die of scurvy. Half of the people who die of scurvy, die from internal bleeding. The blood vessels become so weak that they just burst open, and the patient dies as a result. The other half die of some current infection because there wasn’t enough Vitamin C so that the immune system could work effectively.
I will break it down for you. . .
The primary cause of cardiovascular disease, or more commonly known as heart disease, is insufficient amounts of Vitamin C in the human body. The result of that – a lesion develops in arterial wall, followed by the whole cascade of efforts to heal the lesion. Atheroscloratic plaques of lipo-protein are then laid down and the disturbances begin. This is our understanding of why heart disease is so prominent with human beings.
But how do we fix this?
We make sure that we take sufficient amounts of Vitamin C to make the arteries strong.
Here is one very important Bio-marker called the LP(a) test.
If we have let’s say between 10-20mg per deciliter of lipo-protein A in the body, we don’t develop cardiovascular disease or atherosclerosis. The reason people have so much lipo-protein A in their bodies is that their blood vessels are weak due to the lack of enough Vitamin C to synthesize the fibrous proteins (collagen and elastin) to make the blood vessels strong.
Lipo-protein A is laid down on the walls of the blood vessels to help strengthen them. Lipo-protein A is essentially working as a surrogate for Vitamin C. When you see people who have died from cardiovascular disease, you see lipo-protein A levels exceeding 40mg/dl.
It’s that simple folks.
Since each and every one of us require a different minimal dose of Vitamin C, we experiment until we reach our desired dose. You will need to try to find the Vitamin C ascorbic acid powder form or sodium ascorbate with a very high yield – (2500mg / tsp) in addition to your diets.
The days of taking 1,000 – 2,000mg are long gone. We are now looking at doses anywhere from 15,000mg as high as 2g per day. It is not harmful because it is soluble in water.
I have never read about a Vitamin C overdose. My advice would be to keep increasing dose until diarrhea is achieved, then back down until stool is normal. We only excrete about 8% in the urine which tells us a lot.