Clinical Investigation Confirms Dr. Matthias Rath's Discovery About the Critical Role of Vitamin C in Preventing Heart Disease

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New study confirms medical discovery made by Matthias Rath, MD that vitamin C can prevent and reverse heart disease.

The medical discovery made by Matthias Rath, M.D. that vitamin C deficiency is the actual cause of coronary heart disease (CHD) and can be prevented with essential nutrient supplementation has been confirmed by a cohort study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN). The new international study brings to an end the long-standing debate about the role of vitamin C in cardiovascular disease.

The cohort study, entitled “Antioxidant vitamins and coronary heart disease risk: a pooled analysis of 9 cohorts” and published in the December 2004 issue of ACJN,combined the results of nine prospective studies on intakes of vitamin E, carotenoids and vitamin C. The authors found that higher overall intake of vitamin C was associated with lower CHD rates in men and women. This article provides further scientific substantiation of Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking discoveries in heart disease.

Dr. Rath’s discovery of the vitamin C-heart disease connection was first published in 1990 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and was followed by many other publications. This discovery challenges the currently promoted concept that high blood cholesterol levels are responsible for the development of atherosclerotic deposits that lead to heart attacks and strokes. Instead, it focuses on the strength and stability of the vascular wall as critical to eliminating the occurrence of such deposits in the first place. Cholesterol-rich atherosclerotic plaques are seen as nature’s “plaster cast” aimed at repairing weakened blood vessel walls brought on by long-term micronutrient deficiencies, in particular vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for the production of collagen, the main component of the blood vessel walls.

Since the 1990s, many independent scientific publications, as well as research conducted by Dr. Rath’s research team at the Matthias Rath Research Institute in Cellular Medicine in Santa Clara, California, have confirmed that supplementation with vitamin C and other essential nutrients is critical in promoting the strength and stability of the artery walls, which, in turn, can help prevent coronary heart disease. For the first time in medicine, Dr. Rath’s clinical studies published in 1996 provided compelling evidence that a defined program of essential nutrients could slow down the progression of coronary deposits and even completely reverse the early stages of this disease ( “The average human diet supplies enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy, but not enough to ensure the strength of the connective tissue composing the artery walls,” Dr. Rath said.

Dr. Rath’s discovery opens up a new era in the natural control and eventual elimination of heart disease as the main cause of mortality. Cognizant of the scope of this finding, in 1992 he, together with the late two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, issued the international call to “Eradicate Heart Disease.” Since the key to cardiovascular health is daily supplementation with non-patentable substances, such as vitamins and other essential nutrients, this natural approach poses a threat to the multi-billion dollar market of pharmaceutical drugs, in particular, widely promoted cholesterol-lowering drugs.

The results of Dr. Rath’s cardiovascular research and this new health concept are documented in his bestselling book Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do, which has been translated into 10 languages.

About Matthias Rath Company

Matthias Rath Company conducts natural health research in its own state-of-the-art laboratory and actively promotes consumer empowerment through health education. Major portions of revenue from sales of Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health Programs are reinvested into further research, clinical studies and consumer education. Matthias Rath, Company has become an industry leader in providing science-based, clinically tested dietary supplements.

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