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Benefits of Vitamin C Exhibited Yet Again: Lowers Arthritis Risk, Study Shows

A study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease suggests that consuming vitamin C rich foods can offer protection from a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects at least two joints called polyarthritis. Conversely, in people who consumed small amounts of fruits, vegetables and vitamin C, risk of polyarthritis was increased.

The chances of developing polyarthritis were in fact increased by threefold in those who consumed small amounts of vitamin C compared to those who consumed the highest number of healthy foods. There was however, minimal evidence linking inflammatory polyarthritis with consuming low amounts of vitamin E and beta-carotene.

The study included a survey of more than 23,000 men and women in the UK over a four year period. Of the 23,000 participants, 73 people – between the ages of 45 to 74 – suffered from polyarthritis for at least one month. Then each person suffering form arthritis had their diets changed and were then compared with two people of the same gender who weren’t affected.

The findings of the study conflict with another report that suggested osteoarthritis, the typical kind of arthritis associated with aging in guinea pigs, was increased with vitamin C.

Researchers say these conflicting results can be attributed to the fact that the causes of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are not the same. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by the body attacking itself and osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that progresses with age.

Frank Mangano’s commentary:

This explains why we must always look closer at studies which suggest that natural herbs, supplements, vitamins & minerals did not produce a desired result for a certain condition.

I’ve seen the scenario on countless occasions where cohorts of Big Pharma publish studies which indicate that a natural substance was ineffective in treating a condition when in fact it’s another condition that responds well to the natural treatment.

In any case, this study once again solidifies the countless benefits of vitamin C that should never be taken for granted. Click here to learn more about this powerful micronutrient and its many essential roles.

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