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Better C, better risk

A healthful level of vitamin C might help heart failure patients reduce their risk of emergency room visits, and even death. Researcher Eun Kyung Song of the University of Ulsan in South Korea saw this in data on 212 patients who were followed for a year.

Song says patients with enough vitamin C in food did better.

“They’re eating our recommended five servings of fruit and vegetable. Fruit and vegetable is the best source of vitamin C.” (8 seconds)

Patients with low vitamin C had higher high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation and worsening heart failure.

The study presented at an American Heart Association meeting was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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