Vitamin C and the Connection to Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

For years, I have been taking Young Living Chewable Vitamin C for a couple of reasons: 1) they taste terrific (they remind me of the Smartie candy), and 2) the nutritional benefits. Now I find out that good sources of vitamin C can help keep blood pressure (BP) down but there’s also a connection between BP and insulin resistance or Type 2 Diabetes.

Nutrition for Health

Nutrition for Health

A Dec. 2008 study published in the Nutrition Journal found that the numbers (top and bottom) in blood pressure readings were inversely associated with ascorbic acid levels (vitamin C). The study showed that women with the highest levels of ascorbic acid had a decline of about 4.6 mm Hg in systolic and just over 6 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure, compared to women with the lowest ascorbic acid levels.

The study also found that by just having high blood pressure more than doubles your risk of developing type 2 diabetes!

Furthermore, they also found that beta-blocker drugs caused type 2 diabetes. They believe the mechanisms by which beta-blockers may contribute to the development of diabetes include weight gain, attenuation of the beta-receptor-mediated release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells, and decreased blood flow through the microcirculation in skeletal-muscle tissue, leading to decreased insulin sensitivity (based on a study of more than 12,000 people aged 45 to 64 who did not have diabetes). 

The beta blockers (drugs like Inderal and Tenormin) increase the risk by nearly 30 percent. However, the cardiovascular benefits of the beta-blockers might outweigh the risk of diabetes for some people. They are particularly good for high anxiety people who are very stressed out. 

In another study, The Lancet December 18,  1999;354., 45 people with high blood pressure (hypertension) had their levels fall by about 9.1% if they consumed a 500-milligram supplement of vitamin C each day for a month. Is this terrific news or what!? Imagine how many people could be helped by simply including adequate amounts of vitamin C in their diet!

Vitamin C, is a potent antioxidant, which may lower blood pressure by protecting the body’s supply of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels, contributing to healthy blood pressure levels. Studies have also shown that vitamin C may help protect against certain cancers and chest pain when consumed as part of a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

The reason the study found that high blood pressure doubled a person’s risk of diabetes is that the same thing that causes type 2 diabetes causes most high blood pressure problems. The New England Journal of Medicine 2000;342:905-912, 969-970

This “strongly suggests that vitamin C is specifically important in maintaining a healthy blood pressure,” lead author Dr. Gladys Block of the University of California, Berkeley, further analyses of vitamin C and blood pressure changes “also strongly suggested that the people with the highest blood level of vitamin C had the least increase in blood pressure.”  Reuters Health.

With heart disease being the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States and with close to 50 million Americans having high blood pressure these studies provide a wealth of insight and a direction for up to practice to regain health simply and without nasty side effects of drugs!

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Vitamin C and Other Dietary Measures 

1. Make sure your source of vitamin C is water-soluble, like Young Living’s Super C Chewable (#3251), which is flavored with Young Living’s therapeutic-grade orange essential oil – that’s what makes it taste soooo good.

2. Spread your doses of vitamin C out over 3 times a day (to enhance the beneficial effects further take your C with bioflavanoids, such as a shot of NingXia Red juice (#3003)(PDF fact sheet), NingXia Red is low glycemic – WOW!)

3. Control and prevent spikes in blood sugar levels. If you have hypertension, chances are good that you have poorly controlled blood sugar levels, the two problems often go hand-in-hand – use Agave nectar (only the species called Agave tequilana) in place of sugar and absolutely in place of sugar-substitutes! Young Living’s Blue Agave (#3221-8oz., or #3224- 32 oz.) is low-glycemic and the best species of Agave (Agave tequilana) for your health and the taste is fantastic!

4. Limit your intake of grains (this alone can oftentimes lower insulin levels and normalize blood pressure in about 75% of the people). Breads, pastas, pastries, and potatoes (I know it’s not a grain but it can still mess with your insulin).

5. Eliminate or limit coffee. This also applies to beverages that contain caffeine.

6. Consume healthy fats like Young Living’s Omega Blue (#3190). Note: Omega Blue does NOT contain any vitamin A which is now shown to produce ill health affects – so do NOT add any vitamin A to your nutritional routine!

7. Get out in the sunshine! Without sunscreen. The vitamin D we get from the sun provides ALL of the vitamin D required for healthy systems and bone health – plus vitamin D from the sun prevents many types of cancer – yes, even skin cancer! Do it smart, start with exposing skin to the sun at or around noon for 15 minutes at a time, working up to one hour – NEVER let your skin get pink (the beginning’s of sunburn). Mother Nature designed our bodies to get ALL  of our vitamin D requirements from the sun alone!!! Take advantage of the FREE health benefits and avoid like the plaque using sunscreens or sunblocks!  Lack of sunlight re­duces your vitamin D stores and increases parathyroid hormone produc­tion, which increases blood pressure. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to insulin resistance, which can raise your blood pressure.

8. Get a good night’s sleep. Going to bed by not later than 11 pm is optimal. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, try the Young Living essential oils -, Peace & Calming (#3393) or Lavender (#3575) – simply rub 2 drops on the sole of each foot and snuggle up under the covers! Read 9 Essential Oils for Every Home

9. Get plenty of exercise - outdoors is best. If you do workout in a gym/sports club… remember to bring your Thieves Spray (#3266) so you can kill the micro-organisms left behind on the equipment and/or Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier (#3622).

Note: if you are highly sensitive to vitamin C, you may experience diarrhea. This is an indication that you need to lower your dosage.

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Article by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Distributor #476766. Order and contact Evelyn through her website

Disclaimer: the information here is for educational purposes only – not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe any ailment. Be proactive and take responsibility of your health and do what is right for you and your family.

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