Yet again, it seems like Mother Nature is looking out for those who could be doing a better job of looking out for themselves.
Researchers at Colorado University have compiled data over a three-month time frame that show a heavy daily dosage of Vitamin C produces equal improvement in blood vessel tone — a key measure of cardiovascular health — as a routine of brisk walking five to seven times a week in adults who just don’t get out that much.
If peer-reviewed studies confirm the findings, then a measure of respite may be at hand for those anchored souls who could use a healthy method of weight control.
The relationship between Vitamin C and cardiovascular health has been known for some time:
HDL and LDL are the so-called good and bad cholesterol levels.
Clearly, Vitamin C hits of 500mg are substantially above the recommended daily dose.
Researchers have suspected a positive link between big hits of Vitamin C and weight loss for some time. Now, it seems that association may well be confirmed.
The Colorado study had a limited sample size, with all subjects being sedentary and overweight and showing levels of vascular tone that were impaired, ie- their blood vessels didn’t respond to experimental conditions with the strength and suppleness seen in normal, healthy adults.
These subjects were divided into two groups:
- 15 were put on a walking treatment, while
- 20 took the Vitamin C supplements
After 90 days, the health improvement in each group was substantial, which meant that the second group got those results without lifting a finger … or foot.
The researchers are quick to emphasize that 500mg of Vitamin C every day isn’t an “exercise pill” and that actual activity has a much broader range of health benefits.
As with most supplements, it’s best to take Vitamin C capsules with meals.
500mg is clearly a boost from the daily recommended amount, but the tolerable upper limit of Vitamin C for adults is 2000 milligrams. Because it’s water-soluble, any Vitamin C that is not used is excreted in urine. The most common complaints with high doses of Vitamin C are diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps and other gastrointestinal disturbances.