Can Vitamin C Reduce Cholesterol?
Some studies show that Vitamin C CAN reduce cholesterol, but there is not enough evidence to prove that it actually does.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) naturally reduces cholesterol by blocking the coenzyme HMG-CoA reductase. This gland produces cholesterol as a substitute to make up for a loss of vitamin C. Pharmacists created drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor to block the coenzyme HMG-CoA from producing cholesterol using vitamin C as a model. The problem with taking these drugs is their side effects, which are muscle pain and congestive heart failure. High cholesterol leads to a heart attack or a stroke, but so do the medications used to prevent it. A natural way to lower high cholesterol is to eat many vitamin C enriched foods. Green and red peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries, and brussel sprouts are all full of healthy natural vitamin C.