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Risk of Death Lowered by Vitamin-C Rich Diet

21 years, 4 months ago

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Posted on Oct 10, 2002, 5 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Eating a diet rich in vitamin-C can significantly reduce the risk of death from all causes, according to scientists in the UK. The study of nearly 20,000 people revealed that just one extra serving of fruit or vegetables per day was associated with a 20% lower risk of death regardless of age, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking habits, diabetes, and use of dietary supplements.

Eating a diet rich in vitamin-C can significantly reduce the risk of death from all causes, according to scientists in the UK. The study of nearly 20,000 people revealed that just one extra serving of fruit or vegetables per day was associated with a 20% lower risk of death regardless of age, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking habits, diabetes, and use of dietary supplements. Furthermore, the risk of death was reduced by 50% for those with the highest blood levels of vitamin-C compared to individuals with the lowest levels. The study findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that a diet rich in vitamin-C is linked to improved health and a longer life.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: The Lancet 2001; 357:657-663

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