Vitamin C :: Vitamin C could prevent heart disease

The old theory about vitamin C, that it helps prevent the common cold, still hasn’t proved true. But a new study says it might help prevent something more important: heart disease. A study tracking more than 85,000 nurses over 16 years found that those taking vitamin C supplements had a 28 percent lower risk of getting heart disease.

The study doesn’t conclusively prove that vitamin C helps prevent heart disease, and doctors aren’t ready to recommend it to all patients. But Dr. Joel Strom, director of the division of cardiovascular disease at the University of South Florida, and others said the study should reassure those who choose to take it.

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