Vitamin c protects from hemorrhagic stroke as Dr. Stéphane Vannier suggested. He presented the results of a study at the American Academy of Neurology 66th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia where he showed that a lack of vitamin C was responsible for hemorrhagic strokes.
He stated that disease from a lack of vitamin C is well known as scurvy. People who present with this full-blown picture of vitamin C deficiency have blood vitamin C concentrations of less than 11 micromoles per liter. In contrast there is vitamin C depletion where vitamin C blood levels are less than 38 micromoles per liter.
Dr. Vannier’s study consisted of 65 hemorrhagic stroke patients (due to an acute intracerebral bleed) that were compared to an equal amount of controls without a stroke. The hemorrhagic stroke patients had a collective vitamin C blood level of 35.3 micromoles per liter (in he depleted range). The control patients had a level of 56.2 micromoles per liter on average, which was normal. Hemorrhagic stroke patients with depleted vitamin C levels were observed to have a prolonged recovery in hospital compared to patients who had normal vitamin C blood levels. Although hemorrhagic strokes are less common than ischemic strokes, they have a much higher overall mortality.
The take home message is to take your vitamin C supplement regularly on top of eating fruit and vegetables.
More information is available at Hemorrhagic Stroke and regarding vitamin C at Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements.
Reference: American Academy of Neurology 66th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, April 26-May 3, 2014