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Vitamin C and Heart Health

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Cardiovascular Nursing Monthly


Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin, coenzyme, and cofactor in the biosynthesis of carnitine, a molecule that is required to oxidize fatty acids or convert fat in the body into energy. An adequate intake of vitamin C helps to facilitate osteoblast and osteodentin formation, synthesize catecholamines, reduce urinary folic acid excretion, and improve the absorption of dietary iron.1 Since humans lack endogenous synthesis of vitamin C, it is necessary to obtain adequate levels in the diet. Vitamin C is found in foods such as citrus fruits (oranges, kiwi, lemon, grapefruit), tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, white potatoes, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables and is widely available in affordable supplemental forms1,2

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Spring 3-23-2023

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Moxley, E. (2023, March 23). Cardiovascular health through Vitamin C intake. Cardiovascular Nursing Monthly.


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