You Need Daily Activity for Vascular Health and 500 mg of vitamin C

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  • Researchers Find Significant Link to Daily Activity, Vascular Health
  • Even a few days of inactivity can decrease function in certain vessels
  • 500 mg of vitamin C mimics effect of exercise

Research from the University of Missouri School of Medicine shows just how important diligent, daily physical activity is. The researchers found that reducing daily physical activity for even a few days leads to decreases in the function of the inner lining of blood vessels in the legs of young, healthy subjects causing vascular dysfunction that can have prolonged effects.1

Vitamin C: The Exercise Replacement?

Less than  50 percent of overweight and obese adults  exercise to improve their health. New research presented (September 5, 2015) at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics suggests that taking vitamin C supplements daily can have similar cardiovascular benefits as regular exercise in these adults.

The blood vessels of overweight and obese adults have elevated activity of the small vessel-constricting protein endothelin (ET)-1. Because of the high ET-1 activity, these vessels are more prone to constricting, becoming less responsive to blood flow demand and increasing risk of developing vascular disease.

Exercise has been shown to reduce ET-1 activity, but incorporating an exercise regimen into a daily routine can be challenging.

This study, conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder, examined whether vitamin C supplements, which have been reported to improve vessel function, can also lower ET-1 activity. The researchers found that daily supplementation of vitamin C (500 mg/day, time-released) reduced ET-1-related vessel constriction as much as walking for exercise did. Vitamin C supplementation represents an effective lifestyle strategy for reducing ET-1-mediated vessel constriction in overweight and obese adults, the researchers wrote.

managing and treating vascular disease with other lifestyle interventions

When blood vessels become blocked by plaque, blood flow to vital organs is reduced, starving them for oxygen and other nutrients.  The loss of circulation caused by this “hardening of the arteries” ­- also known as atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis ­- can lead to heart disease, stroke and memory loss.  It can also prevent sores from healing and lead to gangrene in feet and legs. These conditions are more common in diabetics and smokers, and much of the time they are the result of lifestyle choices (diet, lack of exercise, high stress).

In a recent medical study researchers showed that managing and treating vascular disease risk factors are not only beneficial to preventing heart disease and stroke, but also common forms of dementia.

If you have chest pain or leg pain on walking, shortness of breath, painful or discolored feet, transient loss of vision or failing memory, see a physician!  Any unexplained or persistent symptoms which affect your heart, head or limbs should be explored for circulatory blockage.

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1. Researchers Find Significant Link to Daily Activity, Vascular Health