Natural miracle slashes heart risk by 70 percent

Can you believe this nonsense?

After 13 YEARS of research and HUNDREDS of millions of dollars, Merck managed to produce a drug that cuts heart risk by a measly 9 percent.

I wouldn't sneeze at that if it were safe and cheap.

But this is a drug with worrisome side effects and -- if it's ever approved -- a sky-high price.

Meanwhile, the same people cooking up these drugs flat-out IGNORE the real therapies that pack much bigger benefits for a lower price... and zero risk.

One new study that's getting no attention at all finds a treatment that's EIGHT TIMES more effective than this supposedly up-and-coming drug.

The answer? Tried-and-true vitamin C!

Having high levels of vitamin C can cut your risk of cardiovascular mortality by a stunning 70 percent.

Hard to believe, given it's something so basic. The problem is that it's a little TOO basic -- so common, that most people never think about it.

They assume they're getting what they need.

But while few people in the United States are truly deficient, many don't come close to the optimal levels so essential to good health.

When they do, it's usually from the wrong source: orange juice.

While there's plenty of C in that glass of juice, 12 ounces of OJ also packs NINE teaspoons of sugar.

That's about what you'll find in a can of Coke!

All that sugar won't cut your heart risk. It'll boost it.

While there's nothing wrong with getting a little C from a single orange, that's not the best source of the nutrient.

Believe it or not, a cup of broccoli has 50 percent more vitamin C than that orange... with none of the sugar. You'll also find C in Brussels sprouts and bell peppers as well as papayas, strawberries, and kiwifruit.

But unless you eat those foods daily, it's hard to get what you truly need.

In the new study, the folks with the highest levels of vitamin C not only had a healthier diet overall, but were also more likely to be taking a vitamin C supplement.

For most Americans, that supplement is the only truly consistent way to reach optimal levels of vitamin C.

There is one caveat here: Too much C at once can lead to an upset stomach. That, in turn, can give you gas and diarrhea, which will chase the C out about as fast as it goes in.

There's an easy way to overcome that: Don't take a single high-dose supplement, but take a lower dose, twice a day. If you have a decent multivitamin with good C levels, you can take that in the morning and your C supplement in the evening.

Your doc can help you figure out how much you need and the best way to get it.