Sunday, February 23, 2014

Vitamin C, Vascular Dementia & Stroke

Stroke often leads to vascular dementia. Learn how eating foods rich in vitamin C can offer protection against the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke, and in turn, vascular dementia.



Eating foods that contain vitamin C may reduce your risk of the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke, according to a study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

This, in turn, implies protection against vascular dementia, a common outcome of stroke.

Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, papaya, peppers, broccoli and strawberries. Hemorrhagic stroke is less common than ischemic stroke, but is more often deadly.

The study involved 65 people who had experienced an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke, or a blood vessel rupture inside the brain. They were compared to 65 healthy people. Participants were tested for the levels of vitamin C in their blood. Forty-one percent of cases had normal levels of vitamin C, 45 percent showed depleted levels of vitamin C and 14 percent were considered deficient of the vitamin.

On average, the people who had a stroke had depleted levels of vitamin C, while those who had not had a stroke had normal levels of the vitamin.

"Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke, as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol and being overweight in our study," said study author St├ęphane Vannier, MD, with Pontchaillou University Hospital in Rennes, France. "More research is needed to explore specifically how vitamin C may help to reduce stroke risk. For example, the vitamin may regulate blood pressure."

Vannier adds that vitamin C appears to have other benefits like creating collagen, a protein found in bones, skin and tissues.

Vitamin C deficiency has also been linked to heart disease.
The study was supported by the University of Rennes, France.

1 comment:

  1. Too late for my mother. She developed vascular dementia after she suffered a stroke 17 years ago. She lived with dementia for 13 years. I wish we knew this then.

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