Vitamin C and the correct labeling of cardiovascular disease as a form of chronic scurvy.
There's a new emphasis on correctly labeling cardiovascular disease as a form of chronic scurvy. That's right, the good old fashioned British Navy scourge of the seas. Most often it is forgotten that many of the worst epidemics are caused by viruses that love Vitamin C, such as Bird Flu, the virus loves Vitamin C so much that the body quickly becomes deficient and as the blood vessels weaken the body succumbs to internal bleeding- death results due to severe scurvy- a vitamin C deficiency.
Vitamin C is aided in most cases to keep scurvy from occurring. Its great benefits are multiplied in nature through its naturally occurring co-factors of bioflavonoids, carotenoids and others. Sometimes it is even speculated that the purpose of vitamin C is to protect the integrity of the these amazing co-factor nutrients because of vitamin c's anti-oxidant qualities.
Much is to be said regarding vitamin C's important role in cardiovascular health. Since cardiovascular illness is the number one disease cause of death it's important to look beyond the body's response to building up plaque to the underlying cause of the problem- namely, weak and damaged arterial walls.
This is where scurvy comes into the picture. Scurvy is basically a bleeding disease and in the case of arteries they have yet to be breached, but the damage moves forward due to a lack of vitamin C which is needed to continually repair and rebuild the collagen fibers of the arteries. As the Vitamin C deficiency continues inflammation and tissue damage emerge.
As this happens the body response is to neutralize the trauma by reducing the uric acid buildup by laying down calcium to reduce the harm to the vessel walls. Unfortunately, as this happens, the walls build up a calcification narrowing the opening and thereby reducing the circulation of blood.
This is where Vitamin C and it's naturally occurring neighbors, bioflavonoids, bioflavanoids, carotenoids, anthocyanodins, isoflavonoids all play roles as antioxidants, reducing uric acid levels so calcium doesn't have to be deposited to neutralize the chemical reactions that damage the cells. Vitamin C in combination with other required factors such as L-proline, L-lysine, and L-carnitine strengthens the entire cardiovascular system as the collagen fibers thicken and repair the arterial walls enhancing blood flow.
To aid the renewal of the cardiovascular system it is also necessary to balance out minerals with sufficient magnesium and potassium and yes, calcium also, but the right kind and proper ratio of calcium to magnesium considered to be a 1:1 ratio. One must remember the other beneficial nutrients required for the heart, natural vitamin E complex, vitamin K, copper, sulfur, silica, zinc and of course CoQ10, preferably the ubiquinol form for anyone past the age of 45 or 50.