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CRP: marker of cardiovascular health.

A daily multivitamin reduces levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), according to researchers.

Recent evidence shows that CRP, a marker of systemic inflammation, is an important indicator of cardiovascular health. Elevated levels of CRP have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, strokes, and diabetes. New research suggests it may also be a warning sign of macular degeneration and colon cancer.

"We have found that a multivitamin can have a carpet bomb effect when it comes to combating internal inflammation caused by CRP," says Dr. Timothy Church, medical director at The Cooper Institute and author of the study that was conducted in conjunction with Tufts University.

In the six-month study, CRP levels were as much as 32 percent lower in patients taking a 24-ingredient multivitamin/mineral formula compared to the placebo group. Reporting in a December 2003 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, the research team notes that similarly formulated multivitamins may yield comparable results.
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Title Annotation:C-reactive protein
Author:Zipes, Douglas
Publication:Medical Update
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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