Does Vitamin C and E Help Lower Blood Pressure?

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While some studies showed the good impact of vitamin E on BP, others didn’t – even some showed the contradictive result.

For instance, while some studies showed that certain dose of vitamin E may help improve blood sugar control and lower cholesterol in people with diabetes, others found that it also can increase blood pressure in diabetic people.

Furthermore, some studies also showed that vitamin C with vitamin E may help reduce the risk of preeclampsia in pregnant women who have many risk factors of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia.

As well we know, preeclampsia is one of abnormal conditions during pregnancy that typically characterized by high blood pressure and excessive protein found in urine. Unfortunately, not all studies that learned this issue showed the same result.

The bottom-line

It’s commonly safe to get plenty of vitamin E from foods that you eat in your diet as long as you get it not too much (the recommended daily allowance according to The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine is about 15 mg for adults (older than 18 years old) – and about 15 mg for pregnant women and 19 mg for women with breastfeeding).

Generally, experts recommend getting this vitamin naturally from foods in your diet rather than supplements.

But if you consider taking vitamin E supplements to specifically help treat and improve certain health problem such as hypertension, you have to consult first with your GP /doctor /healthcare provider in order to keep safe! The supplement may interact with medicine for hypertension or other health problems that you are taking.

For instance, it can interact with beta-blockers (the common medicine prescribed for people with hypertension).

Citations /references:
University of Maryland; vitamin C | NYU Langone Medical Center; vitamin E

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