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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.

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Being virtually planted in front of a desk and/or PC is a sad condition for that 40% of Americans working as cube jockeys or inefficiently striving to attain the Dot Com lifestyle.

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 impairedie- 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.

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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.