Professor Gladys Block of UC Berkeley (with funding from the NIH) thinks so–for 30 days she made a group of healthy men vitamin C deficient–and then added just 117 milligrams of vitamin C (one kiwi’s worth!) to their diet.
She found that the lower number of the two that make up your blood pressure–the diastolic number—dipped and rose with foods rich in vitamin C, and its plasma level.
Men who had the lowest vitamin C levels “had the highest blood pressure one month later.”
This was true regardless of weight, age, fiber intake, sodium intake or calorie intake.
One of the best ways to learn about your blood pressure is by taking your own, and learning what makes it go up and down.
We’ve identified several of the best blood pressure cuffs on the market. They’re in our store, under Specials, near the end. Try one out and write your numbers down, and then take it to your doctor. Ask about Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables. And take your kiwis!