August 14, 2009
How one vitamin can stop osteoporosis and type-2 diabetes
Do you have osteoporosis or are you worried about getting it? What about type-2 diabetes? Well, I have great news for you. There's a simple way to treat and prevent both diseases with just one vitamin.
Two recent studies found that including more vitamin C in your diet (not supplements) will increase your bone density and reduce your risk of type-2 diabetes by up to 62%.
In the first study, researchers looked at a large group of older men and women, both smokers and non smokers. They found clear evidence that higher vitamin C intake led to stronger bones. But when the researchers adjusted for potassium intake, the benefits were lost. This means that potassium could account for the improvement. This raises a significant question. Was the benefit from just dietary vitamin C or what comes with dietary vitamin C? The authors said that you can't separate the vitamin C from the other constituents of fruit and veggies (like potassium) and get the same results. So there's obviously a synergistic effect.
The bottom line? Don't jump for the vitamin C pills to prevent or mitigate osteoporosis. Get your vitamin C from a diet rich in fruits and veggies.
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This confirms the work of the late and great Dr. Cheraskin who found that those who get at least 500 mg of vitamin C daily in their diet (not supplements) were the healthiest people.
In the second study, researchers found that those with the highest levels of vitamin C in their blood have a 62% reduction in their risk of developing type-2 diabetes. I'll tell you again that it's not the supplemental form that's doing this. Better results from vitamin C come from your diet!
I don't take vitamin C supplements unless I'm sick. I estimate that I get at least 700 mg vitamin C daily in my Living Foods Diet. Vitamins from food are as God intended them — complete with all their necessary co-factors. This is impossible to duplicate in a lab. Supplements are exactly that, supplements. They will support, but not fix a deficient diet.
So make sure you're eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. It's the easiest way to prevent and fight both osteoporosis and type-2 diabetes.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Ref: J Nutr, 2008; 138(10): 1931-8.