A new study researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that vitamin C can lower your levels of C-reactive protein (CRP).
[box type="important"]C-reactive protein is a central biomarker of inflammation that has been shown to be a powerful predictor of heart disease and diabetes. [/box]
A study, published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, shows that for healthy, non-smoking adults with an elevated level of CRP, a daily dose of vitamin C lowered levels of the inflammation biomarker after two months compared with those who took a placebo.
The researchers also found that elevated levels of CRP were found in:
“The low-grade inflammation that characterizes obesity is believed to contribute to a number of disorders, including atherosclerosis and insulin resistance,” said Nina Holland, co-investigator on the study.
And it’s not just the scientists expressing concern over CRP.
The American Heart Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that clinicians measure CRP levels in patients who have a moderately elevated risk of cardiovascular problems, as determined by other established risk factors such as high cholesterol levels and smoking.
“Major studies have found that the level of CRP in the body predicts future risk of cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction, stroke and peripheral artery disease, as well as diabetes. Some believe CRP to be as important a predictor of future heart problems as high levels of LDL and low levels of HDL cholesterol.”
What To Do If You’re Worried
Instead, print out this Q & A about CRP that the Cleveland Clinic put together.
Here is a more clinical look at the CRP test itself.
How To Prevent / Reduce CRP & Inflammation
According to the Cleveland Clinic:
Inflammation should be treated by lifestyle change, such as:
And if you don’t want to wait for your doctor to prescribe the correct medications, you can investigate dietary solutions such as: