Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vitamin C Raises HDL Cholesterol



My husband, the alien, has always had low HDL in his blood.  His doctors have told him to exercise more.  He rides his bicycle to work, he goes to the gym with me every morning, he helps in the garden. In the summer, he swims after work. It would be hard to find a man who does more exercise.


His doctor tells him to eat more fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains.  I haven’t served white flour or white rice for over 40 years. We have fresh fruits and veggies (both cooked and raw) at every meal.  


I thought – maybe aliens just have low HDL.  But both his parents died in their 60's, and I have plans for him in his 90's and possibly beyond.


He thinks I’m nuts that I subscribe to health-nut newsletters. They have me doing stretching exercises on airplanes and in movie theaters. They have me eating nasturtiums and marigolds. They convinced me to switch from ubiquinone (co-q10) to ubiquinol.  They introduced me to interval training during exercise. And they convinced me to pay attention to Linus Pauling’s work with Vitamin C.


We started taking time release Vitamin C about a month ago.  My husband’s latest HDL test shows him in the normal range for the first time in his life.  He wondered aloud what he’d been doing differently.  The only thing I could think of was the Vitamin C.


He’d heard of Vitamin C to prevent colds, heal bruises, and reduce the chance of heart disease.  But he’d never heard of it raising HDL.  You’d think if it was that easy, his doctors would have suggested it to him.


So, I surfed the web, and found The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
It published an article:
High plasma vitamin C associated with high plasma HDL- and HDL2 cholesterol
http://www.ajcn.org/content/60/1/100.abstract


Further research uncovered more links to USDA and PubMed.  This is not an unusual alien response. It’s well documented.  Since high HDL is associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, such an inexpensive, low-time-consuming answer deserves more publicity.

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