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Vitamin C reduces C-reactive protein
Date: 2013-06-19
Author: Alinda Coleman, BNat
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The progression of atherosclerosis may be influenced by C-reactive protein (CRP), an acute phase protein that is a marker of vascular inflammation and overall cardiovascular health.

The liver is responsible for the majority of CRP production, which is secreted in response to inflammatory cytokines. Antioxidants, in particular vitamin C, show promise in reducing plasma CRP and have the potential to improve cardiovascular disease risk.

Researchers at the University of California investigated whether vitamin C or vitamin E could reduce CRP in healthy, non-smoking individuals.

Tags: vitamin C, c-reactive protein, CRP,

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