Can vitamin C help lower high blood pressure?

One study suggests that taking a vitamin C supplement may help keep blood pressure under control. In the study, participants with high blood pressure took 500 milligrams of vitamin C daily for eight weeks, and noted a reduction in the systolic (top) number.

A healthy blood pressure is now considered to be a systolic below 120, and a diastolic (bottom) number lower than 80. Many Americans have hypertension or elevated blood pressure, and the concern is that most may not know their blood pressure is high because symptoms are often silent. That’s why it has been named the “silent epidemic.” Measures to control blood pressure include eating a healthy well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and lower in sodium.

Always talk with your doctor before starting supplements, especially if you have any health conditions and/or are taking other medications.

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