According to a new study published in the respected Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 500 milligrams a day of vitamin C does not prevent heart disease.
My reaction to the study: why did they hire an electrician to fix a toilet?
This study was doomed to fail before it even began. In fact, I believe it was designed to fail.
You see, most large, corporate funded medical research today (research that gets published in places like JAMA) doesn’t start with a hypothesis. It’s not like high school chemistry 101, where you form an ‘educated guess’ as to the outcome of your experiment and then conduct the experiment to see if your hypothesis was correct.
On the contrary, today’s medical research usually begins with an outcome. Then researchers develop a study to support that conclusion.
So, say a research scientist wants to disprove the fact that vitamins can support heart health. What do you do? Do you test any one of the top 5 nutrients known to help the heart?
Of course not.
Instead, you choose vitamin C. It’s a super vitamin for sure. But does it help the heart?
Not so much.
You see, it’s like hiring an electrician to do the work of a plumber. The electrician is a highly skilled worker, but he’s not equipped to fix toilets.
Vitamin C is a very important nutrient. It supercharges your immune system, it fights free radicals, and it’s critical to preventing diseases like cancer.
But it’s not meant to fight heart disease. It doesn’t even rank in the top-five known nutrients to help prevent heart disease.
Now, guess what else these researchers had up their sleeves?
Not only did they hire the electrician to fix the toilet. They didn’t even give him the right tools for the job.
What do I mean by that?
Well, participants in the study were prescribed 500 mg of vitamin C a day. In my opinion, this isn’t even enough vitamin C to fight off a cold, much less prevent heart disease. By prescribing such a ridiculously low dosage, they basically insured the vitamin’s defeat.
You see, when you have tons of money at your disposal you want to make certain you get the desired result! So you pick the wrong vitamin for the job and you prescribe it at such a dusting of a dosage, it will be sure to fail.
As a reminder, I urge even the healthiest of individuals get at the very minimum 2,000 mg (1,000 mg 2x daily) of vitamin C.
So why did the researchers even pick vitamin C in the first place?
The only thing I can figure is that they wanted to steer people away from believing that diet and good nutrition has any affect on heart health. And this couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Today, heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. By far, it accounts for more deaths than cancer, accidents, and homicides combined.
So, would it surprise you to learn that 100 years ago heart disease barely existed? In fact, the first mention of a heart attack appeared in JAMA in 1908. Before that, doctors didn’t even write about it. Heart disease just wasn’t a common problem.
So what has changed between then and now?
The answer, of course, is our diet. We’ve got to clean it up by cutting out the refined carbs and sugar. Add more fruits and vegetables. Keep eating the lean meats (organic, of course) and fish.
And if heart disease is a concern, here’s a successful primer for what you should be taking daily to help prevent problems:
- L-Carnitine: 1,000 mg
- Coenzyme Q10: 100 mg
- Magnesium: 500 to 800 mg
- Vitamin E: 400 to 800 IU (as mixed tocopherols)
For more aggressive treatment, try adding the amino acid taurine to your regimen. It can be as effective as coenzyme Q10 for cardiac output, congestive heart failure, edema (swelling), and palpitations. Three grams per day may be necessary. It’s best taken between meals for optimal absorption.
I’ll continue to write about real ways to combat heart disease, including my recommendations for readers at the highest risk for heart attack.
Until then, keep taking your vitamin C and choose wisely when creating a regimen to prevent heart disease.