Weekend Wellness by Dr. James Yang / Low Vitamin C & Stroke

VitaminCLow Vitamin C levels may be a risk factor for stroke

A recent study linked blood levels in vitamin C to hemorrhagic (bleeding) strokes.  Researchers compared Vitamin C levels in subjects who had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke with matched controls who had not. Participants who experienced strokes tended to have depleted levels of vitamin C, while people who had not experienced a stroke tended to have normal levels.  While this case control study cannot prove cause and effect, its results are consistent with two previous studies that showed a link between low Vitamin C and stroke risk, including a 42% lower risk of stroke found in people with higher levels of Vitamin C when they were followed for over 10 years.