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Boost in vitamin C dosage could protect against stroke, heart disease

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jul 16, 2012 8:52:00 AM

As seniors age, it becomes more important for those providing home health care to watch their patients' dietary intake to make sure they're getting the proper nutrients. Eating right can go a long way in healthy aging, as some nutrients can protect seniors from certain diseases.

Research out of Oregon State University is suggesting upping the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C could help reduce the instances of heart disease, stroke and cancer. The researchers are recommending that the RDA of vitamin C is boosted from 75 milligrams for women and 90 milligrams for men to 200 milligrams a day for both genders.

The study's authors argue that simply upping the dosage poses no risk to individuals, helps achieve saturation in cells and tissues and costs no additional expense.

"It's time to bring some common sense to this issue, look at the totality of the scientific evidence, and go beyond some clinical trials that are inherently flawed," said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and expert on vitamin C's role in optimum health.

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Topics: Health News, Nutrition, Stroke, Heart Disease