Vitamin C to Lower Cholesterol
Because cholesterol tends to be high when there are other problems in the body (especially in the arteries), bringing down your unhealthy cholesterol levels means taking actions that benefit the entire cardiovascular system—not just going after cholesterol itself.
Targeted nutritional support is an effective tool for that when used with a healthy diet and regular exercise. To start, I would recommend incorporating more of this one particular antioxidant that has proven to be beneficial in lower cholesterol levels. This powerful antioxidant is known as ascorbic acid, or in simple terms, Vitamin C.
Low levels of vitamin C have been shown to have the following effects on the cardiovascular system:
- Increase cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL levels, decrease HDL levels
- Suppress the conversion of excess blood cholesterol into bile
- Restrict the production of collagen, a connective tissue components that give structural strength to arterial walls
Various studies have shown that adding supplemental vitamin C can lower total cholesterol, blood fats, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, while at the same time increasing HDL cholesterol. I recommend 2–2.5 grams a day. (Note: Daily doses of 2 grams or more may lower copper levels. Be sure you get at least 2 mg of dietary copper daily when taking higher dosages which can be found in conjunction with zinc.)
Vitamin C reduces LDL levels by increasing the ability of the liver to transform cholesterol into bile acids. Vitamin C may also reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and increase the number of LDL-receptors thus increasing the rate of removal of LDL cholesterol from the blood.
A desirable LDL cholesterol level is less than 100mg/dL while a desirable HDL cholesterol level is greater than 60mg/dL. Triglyceride levels lower than 150mg/dL are considered optimal.
Good dietary sources of vitamin C include: red peppers, broccol, raw potatoes, brussel sprouts, strawberries, lemons, kiwifruit, and grapefuit. Remember that boiling vegetables for a long period of time can lead to as much as an 80% reduction in vitamin C levels so where possible vegetables should be lightly steamed or consumed raw to maximize the amount of available vitamin C.
If you have high cholesterol levels, supplementing with Vitamin C IV Therapy can help to significantly lower the oxidative burden on your liver and arteries. If you’re interested in beginning IV therapy, please contact the office here.