Vitamin C helps combat diabetes

| Post published on June 2, 2007
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New research suggests that vitamin C may reduce some of the health problems associated with diabetes. Vitamin C is an antioxidant – one of the ‘good guys’ that goes around the body mopping up damaging molecules called free radicals. Diabetics produce more free radicals which is why they are more susceptible to tissue damage leading to amputations, heart disease and blindness. The authors stress that they would not encourage people to start taking vitamin C supplements. You can obtain plenty of vitamin C from fresh fruit and vegetables such as citrus fruit, berries and green leafy vegetables.

Ceriello A, Piconi L, Esposito K and Giugliano D. 2007. Telmisartan shows an equivalent effect of vitamin C in further improving endothelial dysfunction after glycemia normalization in type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 30 (7) 1694-1698.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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