Have you heard of metabolic syndrome? It is when a person’s blood triglycerides, blood pressure and cholesterol are all elevated. The trifecta increases the risk of a person dying by stroke or heart attack many-fold. The person is usually overweight and may develop diabetes.
How Does Metabolic Syndrome Happen?
There are multiple factors. One of the factors for a percentage of people is genetic predisposition. But for the rest it is simply a factor of bad diet, bad habits and not enough exercise. During the holidays, people eat a lot of fatty foods and sweets and do not exercise. Thanksgiving leads into Christmas, then into New Years and now the cycle gets stronger. Before you know it, your Dr. is putting you on a statin, a blood pressure medication and a fibrate drug to lower triglycerides.
New Studies Show Vitamin C is Crucial to Stop Metabolic Syndrome
Researches at Oregon State University said that proper Vitamin C intake is most important because it protects the delivery and absorption of other vitamins/antioxidants. Maret Traber, a professor in the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences said: “Vitamin C actually protects vitamin E, so when you have lipid peroxidation, vitamin E is used up and vitamin C can regenerate it. If you don’t have the vitamin C, the vitamin E gets lost and then you lose both of those antioxidants and end up in this vicious cycle of depleting your antioxidant protection.”
Drinking a smoothie every day will deliver the proper amount of Vitamin C you need. Some smoothies have more vitamin C than others. If getting your intake of Vitamin C is your goal, speak to the employee at the counter to find out what is best for you.