The Importance of Vitamin C & Flavanoids In Stroke Prevention

By Dr. Sharon Gurm BSc, ND, Naturopathic Physician, Clinic Founder & Clinical Director

What does this mean for you? Vitamin C is one of the most important and vital antioxidants used by the body. It’s needed for our bones, our immune system, eye health and it protects our blood vessels from damage. Higher concentrations are typically found in citrus fruits and colorful vegetables.  Supplementing with vitamin C should be a consideration for some individuals – especially anyone with identifiable vitamin C deficiency and those who are at greater risk of stroke, vascular disease and/or heart disease.

Recent evidence published this year in the journal Stroke demonstrated that higher intake of certain bioflavanoids (antioxidant compounds found in citrus fruits and other produce) are associated with a reduction in risk of ischemic stroke. Researchers also found the flavones may be potentially cardioprotective, supporting findings in previous studies.

Vitamin C supplements can often be found in combination with bioflavanoids, so look for this when purchasing a vitamin C formula. Recommended doses can vary (typically 1-3 grams per day) depending on the purpose and individual need.

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