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Blood pressure and vitamin C and fruit and vegetable intake.
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PMID:  12748415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: A high vitamin C intake was recently associated with lower blood pressure levels. We examined this association and compared it with that between blood pressure and fruit and vegetable intake among German adults. METHODS: Complete data were available for 1,628 women and 1,340 men, aged 18-79 years, who participated in the German Nutrition Survey, a subsample of the National Health Survey 1998. The participants completed a health and lifestyle questionnaire and underwent a medical examination and a comprehensive dietary interview. Multiple regression models were used to analyze the association between blood pressure and vitamin C and fruit and vegetable intakes. The associations were adjusted for age and body mass index and in addition for smoking among women and alcohol intake and sport activity among men. RESULTS: Systolic blood pressure showed a significant inverse association with fruit and vegetable but not with vitamin C intake among women. If information about vitamin C and fruit and vegetable intakes was considered simultaneously, a high fruit and vegetable intake was stronger associated with lower systolic blood pressure levels as compared with a high vitamin C intake among women. Among men, we did not observe significant associations between blood pressure and vitamin C and fruit and vegetable intakes. CONCLUSION: The total vitamin C intake seems to be less associated with blood pressure levels as compared with the intake of fruit and vegetables among women.
Roma Beitz; Gert B M Mensink; Beate Fischer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of nutrition & metabolism     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0250-6807     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Nutr. Metab.     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-15     Completed Date:  2003-09-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8105511     Medline TA:  Ann Nutr Metab     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  214-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel
Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Ascorbic Acid / pharmacology*
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Life Style
Middle Aged
Nutrition Surveys
Regression Analysis
Sex Characteristics
Smoking / metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
50-81-7/Ascorbic Acid

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