27 Jun 2016, 11:25 am
Focus on Vitamin C – All-round Goodness (Issue 61)
In issue 60 I wrote about the importance of Vitamin C for weight management.
So… If you are all skinny, do you still need this vitamin? Absolutely! Let’s now look at a few other things that Vitamin C is good for.
We absorb Vitamin C in the upper part of the intestine. Unabsorbed Vitamin C continues into the lower bowel and causes watery stools or diarrhea. By taking large doses of Vitamin C we can induce loose stools which is ideal during a detox.
Exercise & Stamina
Inadequate Vitamin C leads to a decrease in the use of fat during exercise. Even while undergoing strenuous activity, the body is unable to metabolize fat without Vitamin C. This may explain why some people do not lose weight despite regular exercise.
With sufficient Vitamin C, though, you might increase your fat burning potential during exercise by as much as 400 percent!
Vitamin C is also required for the growth and repair of tissues in your body. It been shown to lower post-workout cortisol levels and improve recovery.
Vitamin C can offset perceived exertion and workout fatigue by lowering heart rates significantly during exercise, so keep a bottle of juice handy when you’re hanging at the gym!
Vitamin C is naturally highest in our adrenal glands. Stress can deplete our stores of the vitamin. Taking a supplement reduces the levels of stress hormones in the blood and also reduces other typical indicators of physical and emotional stress.
Your body uses Vitamin C to repair damaged tissues and initiate the growth of skin, tendons, bones, teeth and blood vessels. It is absolutely essential for the proper formation of collagen, the building block of many tissues and a crucial component in skin rejuvenation.
Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, and may play a role in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc.
- Vitamin C is pretty much your only defense against the dreaded Scurvy disease! OK, so you are not a sailor in the 18th century, but do you want to take the risk?
- The protein known as endothelin-1 is particularly active in overweight and obese people. This causes small vessels to be more prone to constricting and becoming less responsive to blood flow demand, increasing the risk of vascular disease. Studies conclude that exercise has been shown to reduce endothelin-1 activity, but here’s some good news: Vitamin C is as effective as exercise for vascular health! Daily supplementation of Vitamin C reduces endothelin-1-mediated vessel constriction as much as walking does.
- There is evidence that Vitamin C supplements can lower concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP), a central biomarker of inflammation that has been shown as a powerful predictor of heart disease.
- Vitamin C plays a key role in our blood sugar levels. Vitamin C and glucose have a similar chemical structure. When both are high they compete with one another to enter the cells. If there’s more glucose around, less Vitamin C will be allowed into the cells, creating a deficiency.
- Vitamin C helps to reduce histamine release in the body, thereby alleviating allergy symptoms.
That’s it, folks…