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A study from Cambridge University in England shows that people with the highest blood levels of vitamin C are least likely to die from any disease and have the lowest incidence of heart attacks.

This study does not show that taking vitamin C pills help to prevent death and heart disease because most of the people in the study were not taking vitamin pills. It shows that blood levels of vitamin C are a measure of how much fruits and vegetables a person takes in each day and that there was a direct relationship between eating fruits and vegetables and prevention of disease, with each increase in blood level of vitamin C associated with a related drop in death rate and heart attack. Many people can decrease their risk for death, in general, and heart attacks, in particular, just by adding one serving of fruits and vegetables per day.

Relation between plasma ascorbic acid and mortality in men and women in EPIC-Norfolk prospective study: a prospective population study. Kay-Tee Khaw, Sheila Bingham, Ailsa Welch, Robert Luben, Nicholas Wareham, Suzy Oakes, Nicholas Day. Lancet 2001; 357: 657-63 Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge, UK (Prof K-T Khaw FRCP, A Welch BSc, R Luben BSc, N Wareham MRCP, S Oakes, N Day PhD); and MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit, Cambridge (S Bingham PhD)

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June 1st, 2013
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