(NaturalNews) In 2012, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine conducted a systemic meta-anaysis of 29 different studies on the effects of vitamin C for reducing high blood pressure (BP), entitled "Effects of vitamin C supplementation on blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."
The the studies' median daily dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) used was 500 mg (not really very high) for a median duration of eight weeks. Those median dosages actually ranged from 60 mg to 4,000 mg daily among the 29 trials analyzed, while trial sized ranged from 10 to 120 participants, and the median duration of eight weeks covered a range of two to 26 weeks.
The vitamin C mechanics that inspired this meta-analysis was the ability of ascorbic acid to increase intracellular tetrahydrobiopterin involved with the production of nitric oxide (NO), which helps dilate blood vessels as well as improve endothelial (outer layer of blood vessels' inner walls) strength and elasticity.
The meta-analysis concluded that the studies showed significant reductions in BP overall, and were even more significant among those with high blood pressure (HBP) with both lower systolic and diastolic numbers. (BP numbers explained, source below)
Of course, their conclusion was to have "further long term studies before vitamin C could be recommended as a deterrent or adjunct for treating high BP," a handy phrase that keeps Big Pharma from putting researchers on unemployment rosters.
Linus Pauling already knew this and more
Linus Pauling is the biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954 with his pace setting research that included inorganic and organic chemistry in addition to his work with vitamin C. Amazingly, there are some who continue to marginalize his work and debunk the merits of vitamin C.
Here's what Pauling had to say about vitamin C and heart health in 1992:
"...we can get almost complete control of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes by the proper use of vitamin C and lysine. It can prevent cardiovascular disease and even cure it. If you are at risk of heart disease, ...or if you have had a mild heart attack yourself, then you had better be taking vitamin C and lysine."
Linus Pauling recommended equally high doses of lysine and vitamin C to create two cardiovascular strengthening situations. Despite all the widespread LDL cholesterol blather, there is a subtype of cholesterol that causes most arterial inflammation, which is lipoprotein A or Lp(a). Consuming healthy omega-3 fats actually lowers Lp(a).
Cholesterol in your skin converts the sun's UVB rays into the early phase of manufacturing vitamin D. It is also a major component of cell wall structures, neurotransmitter myelin sheathing, and brain matter. So healthy non-processed fats, especially high omega-3 fats should be a substantial part of our diets.
Statin drugs such as Lipitor reduce cholesterol so effectively that they invite dementia and other neurological issues as well as heart attacks! Little attention is paid to Lp(a) because there are no patented drugs to remove it. Lp(a)is usually from poorly metabolized processed carbohydrates, especially HFCS.
Lp(a) is the devilishly heavy, sticky subtype cholesterol molecule that's able to slip under blood vessels' weakened endothelium coating to create ruptures. Lysine binds with Lp(a) molecules and hauls them away.
Vitamin C is a major factor for creating collagen, a substance that promotes flexible strengthening of endothelium layers inside blood vessels. So lysine carts away Lp(a) while vitamin C strengthens and elasticizes blood vessels' endotheliulm.
Creating blood vessels that are stronger with higher elasticity while eliminating inflammatory molecules also contributes to lowering HBP without side effects. View the info-graphic at the bottom of the Linus Pauling article below.