Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 28, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study examining the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C, asking the question of whether or not it is correct. Many scientists now argue that the RDA for vitamin C is less than half of what it should be. The problem is that medical experts evaluate this natural, critical nutrient in the same way they evaluate drugs, which leads to faulty conclusions.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/do-we-really-need-more-vitamin-c), there is compelling evidence that the RDA of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams (mg) per day for adults. Currently, it stands at 75 mg daily for women and 90 mg for men. As the article reports, such optimum levels will saturate cells and tissues in a strong antioxidant, without posing any risk. (Vitamin C is water soluble and is easily shipping out of the body in urine when there is too much.)
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports many adults in the U.S. and around the world are deficient in vitamin C. Plus, there is growing evidence that more of this vitamin could help prevent chronic disease. According to the article, testing vitamin C like a prescription drug won’t demonstrate how certain natural substances can prevent disease; in fact, some benefits of micronutrients in protecting against disease are apparent only after years or decades of study. The article suggests vitamin C could help reduce chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, and cancer, and the underlying issues that lead to them—high blood pressure, inflammation, poor immune response, and clogged arteries.
A good diet with five to nine servings of fruits and raw or steam-cooked vegetables, together with a six-ounce glass of orange juice, could provide 200 mg of vitamin C, the article states. It also notes that as it stands, up to one-third of people are marginally deficient in vitamin C, and up to 20% in some populations are severely deficient—including smokers and older adults. Even marginal deficiency can lead to malaise, fatigue, and lethargy. Meanwhile, strong levels of vitamin C can enhance immune function, reduce inflammatory conditions such as atherosclerosis, and significantly lower blood pressure.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports on three studies. A recent analysis of 29 studies concluded that 500 mg of vitamin C significantly reduced blood sugar. A second study of almost 20,000 men and women found that mortality from heart disease was 60% lower when comparing the blood vitamin C in the highest 20% of people to the lowest 20%. Elsewhere, a third study found that men with the lowest levels of vitamin C had a 62% higher risk of cancer death after 12 years.
(SOURCE: Frei, B., et al., "Authors' Perspective: What is the Optimum Intake of Vitamin C in Humans?" Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, Sept. 2012; 52: 815–829.)
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