Vitamin C may Be ‘Just As Effective as Exercise’ for Heart Health
But you should exercise too!
While you shouldn’t eschew the gym in favor of a glass of OJ, it isn’t a bad idea to indulge in some vitamin C if you can’t fit a workout into your busy day. New research has found that vitamin C can give you the similar heart-health benefits as regular exercise.
Obese adults are advised to exercise in order to protect their health, as is everyone, but even after being told that a workout might save their lives, only 50% take the advice. The research conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder found that vitamin C supplementation may protect individuals even if they don’t hit the gym.
Specifically, vitamin C supplements, which have been reported to improve vessel function, can also lower ET-1 activity. (The blood vessels of overweight and obese adults have elevated activity of the small vessel-constricting protein endothelin (ET)-1)).
The researchers found that daily supplementation of vitamin C (500 mg/day, time-released) reduced ET-1-related vessel constriction as much as walking did. The researchers found that vitamin C supplementation represents an effective lifestyle strategy for reducing ET-1-mediated vessel constriction in overweight and obese adults.
There are many foods that have even more vitamin C than an orange. They include:
- Chili Peppers
- Bell Peppers
- Brussel Sprouts
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.